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DIY Nail Art: Cherry Blossoms


Cherry blossom nails
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Here in D.C., we’re in the middle of the 100th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and I can’t imagine anything more beautiful than the National Mall covered in pink blooms. It is absolutely magical.

So, naturally, I couldn’t help but try and translate the incredible scene into nail art – and it was surprisingly easy! With just a few polishes and some sneaky techniques, you can turn your nails into mini cherry blossom trees. Here’s how!

The Cherry Blossom Manicure

This nail art looks complex, but it’s actually simpler than many of my past nail art tutorials – give it a shot and you’ll see!

What You Need:

How to Do It:


  1. After applying a base coat, cover your entire nail with the lightest pink shade. Make sure it’s opaque – you may need to do multiple coats. Let this dry completely.
  2. With your black polish, paint jagged lines on your nail to make the branches of the cherry blossom tree. These should be somewhat random, and it’s better if each nail doesn’t look exactly the same! My black polish has a thin nail art brush, but if you don’t have one with a thin brush, you can also use an old eyeliner brush or a toothpick and achieve the same effect.
  3. Once the branches have dried, it’s time to make the blossoms. Take the medium pink, wipe the brush on the rim of the bottle so there is minimal polish on it, and then blot the tip of the brush (almost as if you were sponging the polish on) around the branches to make imperfect circles. It’s okay if they bleed into each other a bit; you want it to look like the branch is full of blooms.
  4. When you’re finished with the flowers, take a bobby pin and dab a tiny bit of the darkest pink on the head. Then dot it in the center of each blossom. Repeat this step until every blossom has a pink dot in the center.
  5. All finished! Allow your nails to dry thoroughly and then put on a top coat to preserve your blooms.

The Results

Cherry blossom nail art

When I set out to do this, I envisioned a very literal interpretation – I wanted there to be no question that the things on my nails were cherry blossoms. I thought that would make the task more difficult, but then I realized nothing about this has to be precise; there is no exact template to follow, the shapes can very and the blossoms don’t have to be perfect, which made it much easier.

Overall, the process was surprisingly quick (it only took me about half an hour) and the payoff was huge. Due to their muted colors, my nails turned out to be surprisingly understated and easy to pull off. I also worried that they would look too much like these because I used a similar technique and color palette, but they ended up looking totally different. All in all, they’re pretty, festive and fun to make!

Your Thoughts?

Would you try out cherry blossom nails? Have you ever been to the Cherry Blossom Festival yourself? Is there a similar event that inspires you? Tell me what you think in the comment section below!

Posted on on April 5, 2012 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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12 Responses to “DIY Nail Art: Cherry Blossoms”

  1. 1
    April 5th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This is sooo cute! But it looks hard, especially since my nail polish never stays on longer then a day or two. :(

  2. 2
    April 5th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    this looks amazing! don’t think I could do it though ;)

  3. 3
    April 5th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    There aren’t any cherry trees on the Mall… the Potomac basin by the Jefferson Memorial on the other hand has a ton and sadly they’ve already bloomed for this year! Too bad most of the festival will be mostly without them.

  4. 4
    April 5th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This is so pretty. That brush looks really convenient; toothpicks do not work very well for me.

  5. 5
    April 6th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Love the cherry blossoms! Definitely going to try this the next time I do my nails. Good job, Samantha :)

  6. 6
    April 6th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    So cute! I’ll definitely have to try this (or have a friend do it for me, haha)

  7. 7
    April 6th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    How pretty! I can’t wait to check out the cherry blossoms in Brooklyn this year :)

  8. 8
    April 7th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I just had to try this out when I saw this post and it came out REALLY CUTE!!!!!! =)

  9. 9
    April 9th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Have it on my nails right now! Instead of a bobby pin i used a head pin stuck on the eraser of a yellow pencil to make it easier on my non so steady pulse, i also used different colors but love it!! It’s really easy girls! Give it a go!

  10. 10
    April 11th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    @MFR – that trick with a pin stuck in an eraser is super clever. Mind if I use it in a tutorial? :)

  11. 11
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    @Samantha-Georgetown University of course you can use it, actually I got the idea from this super awesome blog: The Beauty Department, and here is the link :)

  12. 12
    July 3rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Once I saw your post I HAD to imitate. The only thing I did different was just use one bold shade of pink for the cherry blossoms– it still came out pretty. Awesome idea! Keep it up!

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