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Scarecrow Nail Art Tutorial You’ll Love for Fall

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Fall is my favorite season from the cozy sweaters and hot cocoa to fall decor and more. Now I can’t start the first Fall nail design without paying homage to my favorite decoration around this time, scarecrows. So today I bring you a step by step nail tutorial that incorporates patches on a scarecrow, along with that friendly smile they usually have on. So keep reading to find out how you can recreate these fun and unique scarecrow-inspired nails at home.

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  • Nail polishes in nude, gray, purple, teal, and orange (or colors of your choice)
  • A small detail nail brush.
  • A pen
  • Acrylic paints in black, white, orange, yellow, blue, and brown.
  • Base Coat
  • Top Coat
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First apply your favorite base coat to protect the nail. Once you’ve done so, it’s time to apply the nail color that will serve as your base. I chose this muted gray with a tiny hint of blue, however feel free to swap colors based on your preference. Tip: Choosing a lighter shade as a base will help the other colors stand out more.

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After applying the base and cleaning the edges, top it off with a coat of glossy top coat. This helps protect the base layer from the patches and acrylic paint we will add.

Next, choose a couple colors to make the patches. I like jewel toned colors for fall so I included purple and teal, as well as orange.  Tip: You can apply the patches with the nail polish brush, or with a smaller detail brush.

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Alternating between the three colors, start to paint square, rectangles, or triangles. If the polish is still sheer after the first coat, wait a bit for it to dry then go over it with a second coat. Tip: The polish can pull up and take some of the first layer with it, if it’s still wet when you paint the second layer.

Once the shapes are dry, add borders with black acrylic paint. I used a small detail brush I found at Micheal’s for this. If you have a brush that is too thick, you can thin it out by clipping some of the sides off until you reach the desired thickness.

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Simply draw borders along the shapes . It doesn’t need to be perfect, the beauty of a scarecrow is that they are haphazardly put together. Also, put some stitch like lines along the border.

Now we can start drawing the face of the scarecrow! To create the scarecrow, I used acrylic paints instead of nail polish. Acrylic paints take longer to dry and are generally easier to work with.

I started by painting the scarecrow’s hat. You can choose any color for this. I chose blue so it can tie into the blue tint of the other polish we used earlier.

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With yellow acrylic paint, draw tiny lines that are various lengths for his hair. The line where the blue hat and yellow hair meet can be messy! We are going to cover that up in the next step.

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Now, using a brown acrylic paint, draw on a thin line for the brim of the hat. This will cover up any spaces between the blue and yellow.

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Next, put the eyes and the smile. I used the bottom of a pen to make the eyes. Use a small detail brush for the smile. I would draw the smile all at once, instead of drawing it on in sections. Drawing it in sections can make the smile look too choppy. Using the same brush, add lines as stitches for the smile.

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Details can make any nail design stand out. I added small white dots in the eyes to resemble buttons, and a cute nose for our scarecrow!

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For the white dots, barely touch the nail with the brush so the dots can be tiny. I used the same detail brush we’ve been using to draw on the nose in orange acrylic paint.

For the final step, seal the design with a coat of glossy top coat. Tip: Wait for the acrylic paint to dry completely so it doesn’t smudge.


Now that you have a cute, friendly scarecrow on your nails be sure to show him off! Feel free to customize your scarecrow with any color scheme you’d like. Even if you are unsure of your abilities to paint a design like this, just go for it! If you do try this design, be sure to tag @modernchicmag and @jannasnails on Instagram using the hashtag #modernchicnails

 

For more nail art inspiration, check out our Summer Meets Fall Nail Art Tutorial

Summer Meets Fall Nails & Tutorial

  • I love this! And your step by step guide is so good! I bet I could still mess it up though!

  • Star Harford

    This is brilliant! Thankyou for breakimg it down into such managable stages! The idea of making brushes thinner is a great one as I always have the problem of my brushes being too thick

  • Brittany Strawbridge

    Wow you are so talented!! This would be an epic fail for me – but so cute!

  • Michelle Gwynn Jones

    I don’t even know what to say. Those nails are too cute and so much fun.

  • oh my gosh this is the absolute cutest!! So trying this on my nails this week! 🙂

  • Kelli A

    This nail art tutorial is adorable! I have a passion for nail art. I went to school to be a manicurist, but now I just do it for fun! This scarecrow is a great option for the Autumn season and looks easy enough with an amazing outcome! Love it!

  • tara pittman

    I admire people who have a steady hand and can do their own nails. I have a hard time getting polish to look nice on my nails

  • OMG — this is seriously the cutest and it looks easy enough. PS – I love, love, love that top coat!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Lynn White

    Oh what fun! These look so good. I wish that my hand was more steady, but those straight lines would be so crooked!!

  • OMG, you are so talented! it looks so cute and good! So precise! I wish I could do such a thing! I’ll try for sure but I can tell the result won’t be as good as you

  • Carley

    I can’t believe how cute these are! You must have an incredibly steady hand. Bravo.

  • Your nails are so cute and fun! I just love how they turned out.

  • Jade Hicks

    Ah wow these are fab! Wish I had the patience to do nail art I tend to get my husband to paint mine! Thanks for the inspiration and fab images!

  • Rose Mont

    I love this! My daughter will too! I think I will try this on us tonight! Thank you. Now off to see what colors I have.

  • Jenn Goggin

    These scarecrow nails are super cute. I am def not any where near as talented as you. When I paint nails there is polish all over the skin too lol

  • Eliza Casipagan

    So creative! my nieces will definitely like this. You gave me an idea for our bonding this weekend. We will definitely try this one. Thanks for the step by step pictures.

  • Rebecca M. Sanchez

    What an awesome tutorial with pics that make the nail art seem very doable! I am going to try this for the upcoming holiday!

  • Aditya Tiwari

    I know many friends who are into Nail Arts. And it does look if done properly. You are just at their level. Really great. Keep it up.

  • Stephanie Pass

    Oh my goodness! That is such a cute idea for nail art! I just love it!

  • Stephanie Parrell

    Sucha cute fall idea! i love getting creative with my nails during te different holidays. This seems like a cute and easy way to do that this year 🙂

  • Jessica Taylor

    That is such a cute idea! Perfect for fall! I definitly want to do this!

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    So cute my daughter would love to do these designs. Great nail art.

  • Maro Akamatra

    These look so fun! I am useless with any kind of brush and thankfully i have a great nail artist!

  • Oh this is too cute! My daughter would love this look on her nails.

  • Hannah Marie

    These designs are
    absolutely cute. It is so colorful and a nice
    activity to do with either kids or friends. Great read!

  • This is so cool!! I can’t even apply 2 normal coats without ruining something. This is just amazing!!

  • Jessica Hughes

    This is so cute and creative! I’m not sure that I could actually do this, but it would be such fun to do for my little girl when she gets a bit older.

  • Mayuri Saxena

    Wow! These nail art are so pretty. I am going to try these out on Halloween. I just need to get these colors in my kitty. 🙂

  • This is so cute! I can’t even draw a straight line let alone drawing a scarecrow. I wish I can paint like this. You’re so talented. Love the finish result.

  • Dena S

    I like the fun design! It is cute and gives a fun vibes. I hope I can make it this perfect!

  • Amanda Schreiber

    So cute! I am going to try to get my sister to do them with me for Halloween!

  • You make it look so easy but you have more talent at this than most of us. I’ll leave the nail creativity to you.

  • Wow, those are done so well! And such a cute and unique fall idea, love it 🙂

  • Denay DeGuzman

    Oh my gosh! How awesomely creative. I love the step-by-step tutorial. I’d love to do this for Halloween!

  • Y’all are so creative with these nail arts.
    I just need to do my nails period! I feel bad for my hand.
    Thanks for sharing this art.

  • Nayna Kanabar

    What a lovely design and the tutorial is so easy to follow. I love the scarecrow look its very unique and have not seen it before.

  • Sreekar Harinatha

    Wifey loved these. She is up to trying them now! Very creative too!

  • Anchal Narayan

    This is such a creative nail art. Have never seen anything like this before. You re such a talented person

  • Our Family World

    Wow. That is one awesome nail art! I wish I could do my nails myself but I can’t. My nails need some pampering and even if I cannot get nail art, a nice nail polish color would be fine.

  • Katy Lyle

    How cute is this! I’m definitely going to try these designs on my daughters nails.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is an awesome tutorial on how to do a scarecrow.I love nail art which can really bring out your creativity,

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    These are so cute! Perfect for fall. My daughter would love these!

  • Madelainxos

    These nails are adorbs! You did a fabulous job and made it look so easy. I love this idea!

    Madelain | http://www.wheremyheartwanders.com

  • Coralie

    This is really cute. My daughter would love me to do this for her! Thanks for the step by steps.

  • Kylie Shayne Go

    Ah this is really cute! I wish I had the talent to do it on my own.

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl

    Loving the scarecrow look! Makes me so excited for everything fall!

  • that is absolutely adorable. i don’t know if i have the patience but, i know my daughter would love to do this on her nails.

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