DIY Love Bird Nail Art

I love birds, and it only makes sense that I have an animal themed DIY early in the new year, especially a nail one. Plus, this one is appropriately themed for Valentine's day - birds AND hearts. Feel free to only do hearts or just birds too -I chose bird silhouettes so they didn't get too overly complicated here.

What You'll Need
Solid Color Neutral Polish
Blue Polish
Red Polish
Clear Coat
Toothpick, Mechnical Pencil, or Nail Art Tool
Card Stock or Junk Mail

Paint your nails a solid color, I chose Essie in Chinchilly. Allow to dry for about 15 minutes.


Start with your red nail polisih - I chose Essie in Forever Yummy. Use a toothpick or mechnical pencil with some extra lead pushed out (this is how I do it!) and drop a few drops of nail polish onto a piece of card stock. I use junk mail for this! On the pinky and thumb, draw three hearts. Start with two small dots, then connect the dots in a v-shape to make a heart.

Next, on your middle finger with the same red polish, make a larger heart. Start with two larger dots in the center of the nail, then bring them together with a downward v to form a heart.

With your blue polish - I chose Essie in Where's My Chaffuer - on your ring ringer, draw a dot toward the side that is closest to your middle finger. Add another larger dot at an angle and a beak. Finally add a small line to make a tail then some little feet.

On your index ring, draw a dot on the side closest to your middle finger agian. Then add a fatter dot (this is your chubby bird) and a wing and beak.

Coat with clear polish on top and there you have it - Valentine's Day love bird nails.


  1. You're so much better at doing your nails than I am, I had to use a nail art pen to do hearts on mine. I was definitely using the same blue though!! I love how yours turned out, so cute

  2. cute! mine would look terrible if i tried to do this!
    kw ladies in navy

  3. SO cute... maybe I can get my artist boyfriend to do my nail art, I can't draw a straight line lol.

  4. These are the cutest ever! Love the little hearts!

  5. I love your nails with little birds!!! That's so so cute!!!
    I did a "Valentine’s Day Heart Nails " too!!! Check it out and let me know!!
    love, FRANCESCA

  6. Wow! Your nails are gorgeous. I'm going to try it for sure.


  7. that's so you katherine! i love that blue! it's gorgeous!

  8. Awww those are so cute!! I love the birds :)


  9. Amazing! I could never do this; they would look like blobs!

  10. Aw so cute, wish I had that talent!

  11. Cute! I have to admit, I'm too lazy to even paint my nails, let alone start doing cool stuff like this on them.


  12. Love~ the idea, colors and hearts with birds~

  13. Ahh love this all around - great tutorial!! :)

    <3 Megan

  14. I have all those colors like exactly! Haha. I totally want to do this, you always have THE cutest nails! I love birds too and with the hearts they can be love birds for valentines :)

  15. So cute... wish my hand was steady enough to pull this off!

  16. Okay I have to say it. 'Put a bird on it!'
    Hopefully you've seen that on Portlandia and get it. Love the nails. I need to take more time to make mine look pretty.

  17. Oh my gosh these are so cute!! I'm terrible with nail art or I would try out some little birdies myself.


    Kristina does the Internets

  18. soo adorable! love the colors you picked out for it :) it's amazing how much nicer polish looks with a top coat!

    Mili from call me, Maeby

  19. this is so pretty! i wish i can do this too. but i can't even manage to paint my right hand with a steady hand.

  20. awesome nails perfect for today!

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Inside and Outside Blog

  21. I wish I was allowed to wear painted nails at work! These are so cute.

  22. Gorgeous nails and I especially love the birds!
    xoxo Chris
    My Fashion Trendencies

  23. So pretty! You're so good at freehand! If I attempted this it would look like little red and blue blobs on my nails. Lol!

  24. i don't know why, but i have a
    thing for birds too lol. they just
    make things cuter.

    your freehand nail art turned out
    awesomely! i can hardly do hearts--
    i'd definitely have to try the bird
    a few times O_o

    erica | sweets + hearts


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