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DIY Bird Nail Art

This week I wanted to paint a winter-y nail design and show you all how to do this bird nail art as well.

DIY Bird Nail Art Final

A cardinal is a beautiful bird that represents winter, so I thought I would try to do a design with a cardinal on my nails.

These are the polish colours I used, however, you don’t need these exact ones – any colour close to these will do.

DIY Bird Nail Art colours

First I took the light blue colour and painted two coats on my nails.

DIY Bird Nail Art base coat

Then I took the brown and painted on the branches. I wanted to paint the cardinal on my index and ring fingers so I made those branches closer to the bottom so there was room for the bird to perch on top. If you don’t have the shade of brown you want in a thin tip bottle (like me) you can just use the brush from one of you other thin tip bottles and clean it off when you’re done.

DIY Bird Nail Art branches

If, like me, you haven’t painted a cardinal before, I recommend taking your red thin tip and painting the bird on a piece of paper first so you get the hang of it.

DIY Bird Nail Art cardinal

 Next, paint the outline of the bird on your nails with your red thin tip.

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Then, with the same colour, shade in the birds.  Next, take your black thin tip and outline a few parts of the bird like the wings and a bit around the beak.

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Take your white thin tip for the next step and add some snow to your branches to make the design more winter-y.  To make the beak, I mixed my brown with the white to make a lighter brown and then painted it on the bird’s face.

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Let me know if you try this nail design!

Meg's NailsMegan is a 15 year old student, in grade 10. Her passion for nail art started at around age 11 but she never got into doing designs until this last summer when she and her family moved to Steinbach. Megan loves trying new designs out on her nails and sharing them with the people around her. She would love to pursue a nail career after grade 12 and enjoys having her own private ‘salon’ (Meg’s Nails) in her basement while still in school.




  1. Your nails turned out super cute!

  2. That’s a great DIY tutorial!

  3. ghassan alsaleh says:

    nice art

  4. Sooo beautiful. Those nails would match my room.

  5. Great job!!

  6. Wow! too cute!

  7. danielle t says:

    okay this is way too artsy for my. I’m lucky if I get a single coat that my daughter applies for me. but I really would love cardinals on my nails. that would be awesome.

  8. Teresa Claire says:

    You make it look so easy…wonderful instructions. I really love this design…perfect for Springtime!

  9. Shannon Gnocato says:

    That’s crazy good! I’ve tried just to do lady bugs on my own before and failed miserably! It always looks so easy when someone else does it but you definitely have a talent for it.

  10. Oh wow! I love it :) So pretty

  11. kathy downey says:

    super nice

  12. Very cute. I really like the idea of the bird and branches.

  13. Stephanie N says:

    Amazing, Perfect design for the winter months!

  14. Angie Smith says:

    WOW the talent is amazing!! Great idea, I love birdies <3

  15. Wow that is amazing, I have enough trouble making my nails look good using just one colour, lol!

  16. Great job meg you are amazing at nail art!

  17. So cute, you did a fantastic job, much better than I could do.

  18. Amanda Plesh says:

    wow so pretty!! wish i could have the patience to do my nails haha

  19. I love the blue basecoat. I’d love to try this but know I’d make a hash of it. And my birds wouldn’t resemble anything found in nature.

  20. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    what a fantastic job Megan did on these nails. I can’t believe that she created the cardinals as easily as she obviously did. If I tried that everyone would just think I’d smudge the varnish! I think Megan has a great future in this line of work, well done Megan.

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  22. Wow those are gorgeous! I can hardly even paint my right hand using my left hand!!! LOL

  23. Darlene Schuller says:

    Wow how awesome!!! I finally have long nails after 42 years of biting! I am just beginning to learn nail art.. I can’t draw worth crap so this is gonna be fun!

  24. kathy downey says:

    i tried but not as easy as it looks

  25. Jen Klassen says:

    that looks great!

  26. Chalbe/Charlotte says:

    Very nice, just a bit outside my comfort zone.

  27. I love this nail art so different from what I am used to getting on my nails I must try something like this

  28. Elaine Jasvins says:

    my daughter would love this, cute nails.

  29. Wanda Ball says:

    Love the bird nail art. :)

  30. WARMCOMFORT says:

    Great tutorial, really looks GREAT

  31. Christina Ferguson says:

    Oh wowwww! What a fabulous job you did. It’s the perfect nail art for the winter.I am absolutely awful at drawing anything. Mine would be “stick” cardinals. :)

  32. melia whyte says:

    that looks incredible!

  33. Emily Chui says:

    so cute!

  34. The Cardinals are my favorite baseball team, would be fun to put the design on my nails during baseball season.

  35. Christina says:

    Great tutorial

  36. cheryl mansfield says:

    this is so pretty, must show this to my daughter .she would really like this !!!

  37. GAIL WHITWORTH says:

    love the bird nail art, very eyecatching

  38. very cool!

  39. Wow, that design is adorable! I do not have the dexterity for those cute little designs.

  40. That is super cute – thank you for the step-by-step! Great idea to use the thin brush from another colour…for some reason my brain would never have thought of that!

  41. Your nails are so cute, I wish I had the patience to do some nail art

  42. Debbie White Beattie says:

    Very talented and creative. This looks so good. I could never do my nails because my hands aren’t stable enough, not to mention I’m not ambidextrous. I’d only be able to do one hand.

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