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DIY Kid Safe Nail Polish with only Three Ingredients

Learn how to make this safe DIY nail polish for kids. With only three ingredients you can create your own nail polish that is safe for your child to use and doesn’t have harmful ingredients like some other nail polishes do.

No matter what brand of kid nail polish I buy it all seems to peel off immediately after I apply it to my daughters nails. Why? I know it has something to do with the formulation of the polish and keeping the ingredients safe. My frustration with this is that I find little bits of nail polish all over the house! It’s almost a game to my four year old. She paints her nails and then walks around the house peeling it off. Tell me I’m not alone! That’s when I decided that if she was going to use nail polish I was going to create my own DIY kid safe nail polish.

Related post: if you decide you want to purchase kid safe nail polish instead of make your own we’ve got a great list of some of the highest rated kid friendly nail polishes in this post!

My daughter loves all things girly, and I knew if she was going to continue to wear nail polish, I wanted it to stay on! I didn’t necessarily want her to use adult nail polish because, well, number 1, it can create a huge PERMANENT mess and number 2, it can be harmful to her (I wouldn’t put it past her to taste it).

DIY kid safe nail polish

Did you know that commercial brand nail polish’s have harmful ingredients like formaldehyde (what I used in high school science to preserve a dissected frog)? Yuck, no thank you!

I’d heard of creating your own nail polish. but I was hesitant at first. Then I decided what the heck, any option to make my home and kiddos safer is worth a try!

I’m happy to say my DIY kid safe nail polish was a huge success!

I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before now.

I can’t wait to show you how easy this is!

Let’s gather up our materials and get this party started!

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Materials for kid safe nail polish:

  • Old CLEANED nail polish bottle or new one
  • 1 TSP dish soap (remember that anything other than clear will alter the color of your polish)
  • 2 TBSP Elmers glue
  • Eye shadow of choice
  • Funnell
  • Mixing Bowl

How to make kid safe nail polish

  1. Mix dish soap, Elmers glue and eye shadow together
  2. Once mixed to the desired color, use funnel to pour nail polish in nail polish bottle
  3. Apply your new nail polish and enjoy!

A few helpful tips; Using clear dish soap will be easier to get the desired color

Make sure you choose a nail polish bottle with a “mouth” big enough for the funnel to fit through

Cleaning an old nail polish bottle can be tedious. If you would prefer to buy new ones, check out some HERE! These even come with funnel’s!

Play around with different eye shadow colors until you get your desired color.

Want to know the best part about creating my own polish? I don’t have to use Acetone to remove it! Yep, in my video above I shared how easy it was to remove the nail polish with a paper towel and water.

After all, we all know how harmful Acetone can be.

DIY KID SAFE NAIL POLISH

DIY Kid safe nail polish

Learn how to create your own DIY kid safe nail polish with just a few ingredients! Chances are you have these ingredients in your house now. This is such a fun activity for kids to create their own nail polish. Best part, you don't have to worry about harmful ingredients.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • Old CLEANED nail polish bottle or new one
  • 1 TSP dish soap (remember that anything other than clear will alter the color of your polish)
  • 2 TBSP Elmers glue
  • Eye shadow of choice
  • Funnell
  • Mixing Bowl

Tools

  • No tools

Instructions

  1. Mix dish soap, Elmers glue and eye shadow together
  2. Once mixed to the desired color, use funnel to pour nail polish in nail polish bottle
  3. Apply your new nail polish and enjoy!

Notes

Using clear dish soap will be easier to get the desired color.

Make sure you choose a nail polish bottle with a "mouth" big enough for the funnel to fit through.

Cleaning an old nail polish bottle can be tedious. If you would prefer to buy new ones, check out a few sources I have linked in my blog post for new ones. These even come with funnel's!

If you end up making your own nail polish, let me know in the comments below.

I would love for you to Pin the image below to Pinterest if you enjoyed!

DIY kid safe nail polish

Happy crafting friends!

Erin Magallanes

Thursday 30th of December 2021

I made this! Super fun. But I need to figure out how to make it dry before they rub it off, any tips?

craftingwithki

Thursday 30th of December 2021

I'm so glad you liked this craft. And teaching my kids patience is a hard one...good luck!

ming-wei

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

it is going to be sticky if the kids wash their hands?

craftingwithki

Thursday 1st of July 2021

No. It does peel off rather easily, but it's not sticky.

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