Simple Christmas Stripes Nails

This is a super simple design that you could do for Christmas time due to the colours, or you could change the colours around for any time of the year.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright red shade, except for the thumbs and ring fingers.

On the thumbs and ring fingers, I used a striping brush to paint a diagonal line in the same red shade starting in one corner at the base of the nail and ending about a 1/3 of the way down the nail on the opposite side.

I filled in the area closest to the tip of the nail in 2 coats of the red shade, leaving a small negative space area near the base of the nail.

On the same thumb and ring finger nails I first took a gold striping tape. I placed a diagonal stripe of this so that the line was coming from the opposite corner to the the line I had painted in red with the striping brush. I then placed a green stripe of striping tape just underneath the gold stripe, leaving a little space in between.

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Dry Marble Xmas Tree Nails

For this year’s Christmas design I decided to go for a simple tree design. The trees themselves were from making a dry/drag marble effect onto a silicone mat and then cutting it into triangles after it had dried.

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So to start I made the drag marble for the trees. I painted a rectangle onto my silicone mat in a light leaf green shade. I then blobbed on drops of different green shades on top of this while it was all still wet. I used a couple of darker shades as well as a pastel green.

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I then used the smallest sized dotting tool I have to swirl around through the blobs of nail polish to make the marbled effect. I think I might have over swirled but I couldn’t help but get a bit carried away with it. I left this to dry for plenty of time due to the layer of polish being quite thick. I repeated this a couple of times onto the mat.

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Meanwhile I prepared my base colour. I simply painted all nails in 2 coats of a nude/light cream shade.

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Once everything was dry I carefully peeled the marble effect from the silicone mat and used scissors to cut out triangle shapes to make the trees. To apply them to the nails, I painted a layer of clear polish to stick them in place. Any large excess overhanging the end of the nail was trimmed down using scissors. I then used a plastic cuticle stick to fold the remaining overhang under the nail.

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To complete the design I attached a single star shaped nail sequin to the tops of the trees using clear polish. I then painted over the top of the entire nail with a clear polish in order to protect the design. I also used clear polish to stick in place any overhang of the green triangle that I had folded under the nail. I repeated this same process for each nail.

Christmas Gingerbread Men Biscuits Recipe

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This is my take on some festive little gingerbread men. I think dressing them in Santa’s boots makes them look so cute. The biscuit isn’t has hard to the bite as traditional gingerbread men are, and the flavour is a little less overpowering. I wanted to make them a bit more like normal biscuits in texture. I did cheat a bit with the decoration though. I purchased ready made writing icing in a tube in the colours I needed, but feel free to make you own icing to pipe onto them.

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Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger.
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
  • 3 tubes of writing/piping icing in red, black and white.

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Method

1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.

2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.

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3. Cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork so that no lumps of butter remain.

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4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl. Add a pinch of salt, the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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5. Then fold everything together into a dough using your hands. If you find your mixture is too dry, you can add a very small slither or 2 of butter and fold this into the dough.

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6. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

7. Dust your work surface with flour and remove the dough from the fridge.

8. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 4 and grease a baking tray with butter.

9. Take a section of the dough and roll it out to just under 1cm thick and use a man shaped cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.

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10. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.

11. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.

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12. I placed them in the oven near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.

13. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.

14. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Once the tray was cool enough to be touched, I carefully removed them from the tray and left them to cool fully. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.

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15. Repeat steps 9 – 14 in order to use up the remaining dough.

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16. Afterwards it is time to decorate your gingerbread men. Prepare your black icing with a small round nozzle. Use this in order to pipe 2 eyes and a mouth for the faces on each biscuit.

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17. Next get your red icing ready in the same way. Use this to cover all of the gingerbread men’s feet with red boots.

18. Lastly, do exactly the same with the white icing in order to add the fluffy white trim to the tops of each boot.

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19. Repeat steps 16 – 18 for the remainder of your biscuits. The decorating steps are optional however, or you could use your own ideas for decorating them.

20. Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the icing has hardened off before serving.

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Snowman Nails

So for this year’s Christmas nails, I decided on some snowman face nails. I decided to use a glittery white textured nail paint for the background colour, as I felt it would be a pretty way to mimic the texture of real snow. The polish I used is called ‘Lady’ from Barry M’s Royal Textured Glitter collection, which is one of my favourite nail polishes.

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I started by painting this on all nails. As I forgot to use an opaque white underneath before I started, I needed to use 3 coats to get the right amount of coverage.

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On the ring fingers I then added 2 black rhinestones to each to make eyes. On the other nails I used a medium sized dotting tool and some black acrylic paint to make the eyes.

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Then I used the same black and a small dotting tool to add dots to make the mouth for the snowman on each nail. I apologise for the uneven length of my middle finger nails in comparison to the others. I find the nails on this finger are always prone to breaking easily. The one on my right hand got torn off when I was going outside and the wind blew the door out of my hand. I made myself feel better by telling myself that snowmen come in all sizes just like people lol.

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I finished the design off by using an orange acrylic paint and a thin brush to paint a small carrot triangle nose onto each nail. I then tried to add some details to the noses with a slightly darker shade of paint.

Sparkly Star Christmas Tree Nails

I got the idea for this design by combining a few simmilar ideas I seen in images online.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a light brown as I wanted a light colour so that the trees stood out.

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Next I taped off a triangle shape on each nail using 2 stips of tape. On top of this I placed 2 strips of striping tape also in a triangle shape going across this sideways.

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I then painted over the taped off area with a dark green colour and then peeled off all the tape carefully before it had chance to dry.

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To finish the trees off, I added a multi toned star gem to the top of each tree. I then added my top coat. I decided to not add any glitter or anything else to the design as it is supposed to be a simple clear design.

Christmas Water Marble Nails

This is my first time trying this method of creating nail art, and it is a lot easier to get it to look good than the last water based nail design that I tried a few weeks back. I definatley want to try and experiment a bit more with such designs.

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I wanted these nails to be Christmas themed and so I went for the colours red, green and gold. First I painted all nails in one coat of the green colour to act as a base. I went for one of the lighter shades that I was using so that it didn’t show through on the next coat.

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With a little help from my husband, we taped up the skin around my nails to help with the clean up. I then started dripping one drop of each colour into the middle of a cup of water.

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When I was happy with the amount of rings of colour, I used a toothpick to make some lines going through the nail varnish to make a bit of a pattern. I then looked for the area I liked the best and dipped my nail down into the water.

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I blew on the surface a bit to dry the top, and then skimmed the excess away from the surface. Next I removed my nail from the water and removed the tape from around the nail. I repeated this on all nails before cleaning up any leftover mess on my fingers and around the nails.

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I found that this was quite a messy design to try and it does use up more nail varnish than if you were to paint it on normally. However it’s quite a fun design and the outcomes are infinite. I also found that newer and more watery nail varnishes spreaded out on the surface of the water more efficiently than older and drier nail varnishes.