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Nail Polish - It's Not Just For Nails!

10 July, 2017 - 09:40pm by - Head Pixie | 18 Comments

By BR Kellie

I don't really consider myself nail polish obsessed. Sure I enjoy coating my nails on occasion (more since I've discovered Sally Hansen's Color Therapy range as it's the first nail polish that doesn't chip within 24 hours on my nails), but you'd never know I wasn't huge on the process by the collection of polishes I own. I feel the need for a visual...

Sure it's not the most in the world, it's certainly not enough to sink a ship, but for someone that would wear nail poish a grand total of four times a year, if that, well, it's a lot. And it's just sitting there doing nothing. So in the interest of not wasting products I couldn't help but wonder... what other uses are there for nail polish? Well, turns out there's quite a few. Check out these colourful nail polish hacks...

Are the tops of your shoelaces looking a bit frayed? Find a nail polish that matches (or go crazy and mix it up), coat the frayed area in a goodly amount and then pinch it together (maybe wear gloves if you don't want nail polish on your fingers) as it dries. The result? Your shoelaces will be good as new! 

Another use for nail polish in the realm of footwear is to use it to cover up any areas where the colour has rubbed away. All you need is a matching shade of polish, or you could get all arty and create a whole new design to hide the blemishes.

If you're anything like me you can't tell one key from the other and spend a good few minutes farting around trying out different keys in doors until you get the right one. Fart around no more! Instead paint each key a different colour so you know which key goes where - to make it even easier on yourself you can dot the door/padlock etc with the matching colour so you don't even have to make a point of remembering which colour coded key goes where!

Hate running your tongue over envelopes because of the taste, or, if like me you fear a paper cut on your tongue? Grab a polish and use it to seal the envelope. Job done. No paper cuts here, baby!

Loving the idea of being artistic with your nail polish? Then why not freshen up your hair clips with a coat of colour? Or grab some old jewellery you never wear and give it a new lease of life!

Speaking of being artistic... if you've kids or look after kids, then why not let them paint pictures with any polish you don't see yourself using? Just be sure to put down some protective sheets before you let them go crazy with the brushes. 

So there you have it... some tips and tricks to get the most use out of your nail polish. Will you be giving any a go? Do you have some more nail polish hacks we need to know about? Get chatting!

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Love the envelope tip :) thanks

Your collection looks like mine! There are some very creative ideas here.

Ohhh I like the envelope tip - just need a letter to post now :-)

Do you mean the top of your shoe laces looking a bit frayed? Was a bit confused by that tip! Clear nail polish is great for when you want to waterproof something really quickly. Like a label on a drink bottle or something like that.

I did! And thank you for pointing that out - all changed now. That's what I get for writing with a head full of cold :)

11th July, 2017 at 9:48 am

I've used it for keys matched to car and padlocks makes it easier to tell them apart. Marbles mugs for gifts. Same as you see to do on your nails tub or water put polish on too then dip the mug in cheap easy and beautiful handmade gift. The grandparents loved them.

Some great tips here

We used to use it to stop pantyhose from running (does anyone still wear pantyhose???). I've used it for keys too. The envelope idea is a good one, I haven't heard of that before :)

I've never heard of the envelope tip, sounds cool. Jessie at nailed it nz did a YouTube video of some cool designs on keys.

Yes I will try that -I hate the taste of glue

11th July, 2017 at 7:27 am

Me too Julieal! I always run my finger under the tap or use a sticker to seal it shut.

11th July, 2017 at 11:01 am

a ladder in stocking is old one and works really well.

A tip I use quite often: If you have a hole in your tights (I have cats...) use a spot of clear nail polish to prevent ladders forming, or to stop already existing ladders from getting bigger.

Who would have thought! All these uses, such great tips.

My dad asked me to paint his car keys last year, one red one black before I tossed out my old red polish.

I will give these tips a go. Awesome

farting around hahahahahahahaha. if you have lace curtains and they get a tear, clear nail polish fixes it ;-)

Clear polish on car scratches stops them rusting. Old nail polish that's started going gloopy can be used for various craft projects. You can paint wooden popsicle sticks (from the dollar store) as markers for herb or vege gardens; paint decorative stones for in the garden or as outdoor deck ornaments; paint a design on a plain pot plant pot, etc.

Oh my gosh! I'm going over my car's nicks today with the clear polish - genius!

12th July, 2017 at 7:02 am


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