Salon Design

How to Make a Shadowbox to Display Your Nail Art

This display will make your nail art look like art fit for a museum.

This display will make your nail art look like art fit for a museum.

You'll need a variety of your nail art designs on tips, a ruler, posterboard, a box cutter, paint and a paint brush, glue gun with glue sticks, a pencil, and a picture frame.

(I got this frame for $0.25 at a thrift store. I like to choose frames with details in the wood -- it adds to the look.)

1. Remove the backing and the glass from the frame.

2. Use the pencil and the ruler to trace the outline of the frame onto the posterboard.

3. Set the blade of the box cutter to the thickness of the poster board. Use the ruler to guide the box cutter along the traced lines, cutting the shape from the board. (Holding the ruler down with one hand and the box cutter with the other, as close together as possible and with a good amount of pressure, will give you a clean cut.)

4. Use the paint and paint brush to paint the frame. (It took me three coats.)

5. Arrange your nail art tips on the posterboard the way you want them. Glue them in place.

6. Clean and secure the glass to the frame. (All I did was push the prongs toward the glass to hold it in place, but using the glue gun also works.) Glue the frame to the posterboard. Work quickly so the board and frame will bond with no gaps.

7. Paint the edges of the posterboard to match the color of the frame.
8. Let dry and hang up!

Soileti Hoko works at Soss Nails at the Rawk Shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. See more of her nail art at

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