Thursday, September 15, 2011

diy: Python Print Sunglasses

If you've been reading s&p for a while, you know that I love using unconventional, unexpected materials. Maybe not necessarily weird (well, sometimes...rubber snakes, anyone?) but the more random, the better. This one brings in a popular item from the beauty world - Sally Hansen Salon Nail Effects.

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For the record, Sally Hansen has no affiliation with this DIY - nor did they send me anything to review (like companies usually do with beauty blogs). I bought the product with my own money, and all of my opinions are my own.

I've seen photos of the available nail designs, but that was about it. The other day I was putting together a trend roundup for work (python print accessories - if you want to check it out!) & remembered seeing a pair of python print sunglasses a while back. For whatever strange reason, it made me think of one of the Nail Effects designs. I did a little research and sure enough - the design "Misbehaved" was what I had in mind.

So, the wheels started turning and this project was born. It gave me a new reason to try the nail strips out, dress up an old pair of sunglasses, and thank my photographic memory.


- Sally Hansen Salon Nail Effects in Misbehaved*
- Clear nail polish
- Sunglasses *
- Scissors (not shown)
- Q-tips and nail polish remover, optional

* Purchased at Target for $8.50. You don't have to use Misbehaved, if you prefer a different print. It's totally up to you (as always).

* Use a pair of sunglasses that have some decent width to the frames. Wayfarers, cat eyes and some overesized sunglasses would work great for this. This will give you some frame space to work with.

1) First step - give yourself a no mess manicure! Here's the general idea: From the 16 strips available, choose the 10 that fit your nails the best. Follow the instructions regarding peeling off the layers of clear strips/etc. I'd recommend smoothing each design strip starting from the base, and work up from there.

If you wanted to, I'm sure you could Google tons of information and detailed reviews/tutorials. I like how there's 16 strips, which leaves room for error - especially when it's your first time using them.

Not bad for my first time trying these out. Loving them.

2) After applying each strip, you'll have scraps leftover. You'll also probably have a few unused full strips as well. Save these!

3) Cut up any leftover scraps and strips into smaller pieces. If you're cutting up any full strips, I'd recommend waiting up until you're about to add them to the sunglasses.

4) Start randomly applying the pieces to the frame. For the scraps that have slightly dried out, dab a very small amount of clear nail polish to help them stick to the frame. The freshly peeled full strips will probably stick on their own.

5) I did one side and then the other, but I recommend building up on both sides simultaneously. You don't want to finish one side and realize you don't have enough for the other!

6) Keep randomly applying the scraps. There's no structure to this, so don't worry if it's not perfectly neat or even. You can add some to the arms of the sunglasses if you'd like, too.

7) When you're done, you can use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to roughen up some parts of the design. Because the strips are made out of nail polish, this will remove some areas, creating a rugged effect. It works for the "python" print, but it may or may not work with other designs (or your preference).

8) Lightly cover all parts of the design with clear nail polish to seal it in. Let dry completely.

Fun nails, fun sunglasses, no mess, no waste.

Have you tried out these nail strips before? Let me know what you thought about them!

Xo, Kirsten



  1. Oh wow, this is a really brilliant idea! The DIY wheels are really turning in my head now--I wonder what else could be made with these. Thanks so much for sharing! And your sunglasses look great :-)

  2. i have some at home that my mom got me. definitely going to try them out now that i know they're legit :) coolest diy!

  3. that's really cute, the only thing that sucks is the nail thingies are expensive :P A super versatile idea though since you could use any pattern for any design! and way classier than paper mache! yum! :)

  4. I actually think they're pretty good for the price - considering how much nail polish isn't wasted in the long run (with throwing away bottles and what not) - that and the ease of applying them, AND no mess. Cheaper than a trip to the nail salon, too!

  5. I love this idea. I'm not sure if we have the strips here in Kenya. I'll have to check that out.

    Thanks for sharing eck that out.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. That's very creative! Great idea!

    Kisses from HK,

  7. Love the frames, such a great idea! xx

  8. You are a GENIUS! I got some of these nail stickies for my bday and they're great. Just know that they're really long, like I used only one big one to do both my thumbs.

  9. I love this! So clever. Fantastic work... and great manicure!! (Misbehaved is one of my favorites...:)

  10. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Hi! I'm a new follower! I love your DIY ideas ( there are a lot of things I would like to try out)! the manicure looks great, and the sunglasses are even better;-) such a great idea!!

  12. What a great idea! You're a genius!

  13. great idea ! love how it turned out!

  14. Awesome Idea..Love Love Love itttttttttttttttt :)
    Thanks for sharing honey :)

  15. wooow 2-in-1 deal!! this is soo cool & creative!
    my friend used that nail decal too!! love it..and it's so EASY!! better than spending $30+ at the salon!


  16. nails looks great and such a great way to glam up your glasses :) xx

  17. i love it! really nice idea, i try to make my one (:


  18. wow! You are brilliant~ So inspirational!

  19. Seriously the best idea ever. I love this <3

  20. Whoa thats Stunning!

    please please please follow me and comment!
    thanks! xxxx

  21. you've probably heard this before i'm guessing...girl you're CREATIVE! :))

  22. This is such a great idea! There's always so much of the nail strips left over so it really is a waste to just scrap them all. You are so creative :)

  23. amazing DIY thanks for sharing x

  24. What a smart way of repurposing something i would have thrown away! thanks for the great ideas!

    i also have a Fashion DIY blog i think you would like. (like a $300 body chain for only $15).

    check it out and become a follower :D

    xx Jess James

  25. i love your blog. your style is great.

    please check out mine, if you like it please follow me back!

  26. I absolutely love this DIY!! I have to do it some time soon!

  27. Super lovely blog!


  28. What a great and creative idea nails looks great, sunglasses are more better i allays love your ideas, i will try this one too... i have a party coming up on this weekend

  29. I love ths unconventional idea and its has definatly made me want to follow your blog, keep up the amazing work. x


  30. i used the nail stickers to deck out my clear cell case! love them <3

  31. Really nice "Do it yourself" guide!
    Nice nails :)

  32. Great blog !!

  33. salon nails are so unnecessary. you, on the other hand, are pretty damn awesome. great idea!

  34. great idea. Two aims shot with one arrow. Love your creativity.

  35. haha good ideia. I love how you use this unexpected materials!


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