Ziploc Bag Tutorial

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Yesterday I showed you two Shimmer Polish manicures created using the ziploc bag and polish technique.

Though this technique has been used by many other bloggers, I thought I would put together a super quick step-by-step photo tutorial in the hopes that it might be helpful for some of you πŸ˜€


* This technique requires some pre-planning for the night before.Β Β  Pick out the shade (shades) of polish for your ‘cutouts’ and paint a small portion of the ziploc bag the night before.Β  I find that polish on the ziploc bag doesn’t dry as quickly as it does on your nails, you will have to wait a few hours (otherwise the polish will tear when you go to remove it from the ziploc bag).

EDIT: I was informed by one of my lovely readers, Kripa from Nail a Day, that if you let your nail polish dry for too long on the ziploc bag it will become too dry and chip… my overnight drying period worked out just fine, but it makes sense that longer than 24 hours could make the dried polish too dry to work with.Β  Thank you for this helpful piece of advice Kripa

(the red polish I used is China Glaze With Love)

* The next day, pick a color to paint your nails with (below is Shimmer Polish Vanessa):

* if your base polish dries out before you are ready to add the nail-polish cutouts, add a thin layer of topcoat.Β  Gently place the cutouts onto the nail (I used tweezers for more precision):

* you could cover this design with topcoat and be done.Β  You could apply cutouts of a different colour (even overlapping a few areas) for a more intricate design.

I chose to use a dotting tool and add some black and white dots for the finished look:

I hope you found this mini-tutorial helpful.

I really like the crisp lines that you can create with this technique.Β  You could use serrated/patterned scissors for a different touch as well:

Have a great rest of the weekend! πŸ˜‰


  • Love this technique…can’t wait to try it.

    • I hope you do! Please share a photo once you do! πŸ˜‰
      I hope to try this again soon with at least two colours of shapes πŸ˜‰

      • so cool!!! Thanks for Sharing Marta! Your the BEST! I look so forward to seeing what you have come up with!

        • Thank you VERY much- That is a HUGE COMPLIMENT TO ME πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  • Stefanie Deming

    How fun! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Glad you like it! I hope you try it soon πŸ˜€

  • Great tutorial πŸ™‚ I like!

    • Thank you- I’m glad you found it helpful πŸ˜€ I don’t do a lot of tutorials so I wasn’t too sure if the photos and descriptions are ‘enough/too-much’ πŸ˜‰

  • Glittersnapdragon

    Love the idea: I’m going to try this out soon!!

    • Yaaay! It requires a little bit of pre-planning but it really is not that labour intensive otherwise- I like the straight lines that it creates πŸ˜€

  • I love seeing tutorials from different people. Even if it is for the same thing. Every one had their own unique tip. One thing I would add from experience it’s that if you let the polish dry for too long, then it becomes too fragile to work with.

    • Thank you for that tip! I have gone back and made a little edit/side note with credit to you πŸ˜‰ *hugs*

      • So sweet, Marta! Thank you!

  • Awesome Tutorial! Thanks for sharing. You can also watermarble ON the bag and follow the rest of the steps for easier watermarbling manis.

    • It was only after your comment that I looked up the how to on the watermarbling (I actually found this odd tutorial that lasted 30 minutes- no I didn’t watch it all – with a lady that used cups and giant strips of nailpolish and more cups and then did this water marble which in my books was a bit of a fail and then the nails were a total fail… I giggled a little but at the same time I can’t do a water marble if my life depended on it) so I will have to try that on the ziploc bag- thanks πŸ˜‰ (dry marbling is quite fun! πŸ˜‰ (and less mess)

  • Paulina Data

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • I’m so glad you found this post helpful. Happy to hear

  • Hello Adriana,
    Thank you VERY much for your comment. I am flattered that you took the time to translate it.


  • Lacqueerisa Says

    Oh looks really simple and awesome! Very clear instructions! Definitely will give this technique a try in the future! Thank you for sharing! πŸ˜€

    • This technique really is not that difficult AND the results are pretty neat πŸ˜‰
      I hope you DO try it soon πŸ˜€

  • Great tut Marta! I need to give it a try.

    • I hope you do! Glad you found this helpful πŸ˜€

  • I have to admit that I heard now the first time of this technique. But it sounds not too difficult (your tutorial is very clear), so I will give it a try (one day). πŸ™‚

    • I am so happy that you found my tutorial helpful.
      While it take some pre-planning, it is NOT a difficult technique- I hope you try it:D

  • love this technique. But I guess I left my polish for pretty long that’s why it cracked πŸ™

    • I didn’t know that the polish would become too dry after a while… so I’m glad a reader pointed that out and I was able to add the tip into the tutorial.

      I painted my bag at around 6 pm the night before and polished my nails at around 2pm the next day. I would say a 24 hour pre-planning period works quite nicely πŸ˜‰

  • PolishMad

    I don’t get it… i tryed with so many polishes, and for me they do not lift πŸ™ so sad

  • I know this is an old post! But I read that using oven paper/wax paper works better, plus if you want you can cut the paper and polish together and then peel off. Some people said it was easier to cut nice shapes AND easier to remove! I am going to try this soon πŸ™‚

    • I too have heard of the wax paper (or even silicone kitchen trays) to work better πŸ˜€ Will go exploring down this road soon too