DIY Strawberry Nails Tutorial featuring Jamberry Nail Wraps!

strawberry nails jamberry tutorial

This is the perfect time of year to start sporting fun manis, such as a super cute DIY Strawberry manicure featuring Jamberry nail wraps! This is a great tutorial to show you step by step how to recreate this nail art easily using Jamberry nail wraps! I am so excited to present my tutorial for doing a strawberry manicure by yourself at home with no dry time! Using Jamberry nails, you can customize how you want your strawberries to look using different nail wraps. Use one wrap for the berries, one for the leaf, and top with Black Mini Polka (on clear) for the seeds! These are so fun and cute and will last up to 2 weeks with no chipping!

*This tutorial is now a YouTube video! Watch each step live to understand fully how to cut, apply, and layer your Jamberry Nails!*

First, assemble the “ingredients” to make your Strawberries:

  1.  You’ll need a color for the berries, so pick your favorite Red or Pink! I picked the super sweet Haute Pink Tint, but you could also choose from Haute Pink, True Love, True Love Tint, or Kiss Me Ombre.
  2. You’ll next need a color for the leaf, so pick your favorite Green! I picked the retired Emerald, but you could use Cabana, Arcade, or Athens from the Spring catalog very easily.
  3. Next you’ll need Black Mini Polka! This clear design has 2 uses: it creates a cute seed effect, and it will cover up the seam between the berry and the leaf to protect your mani and make it last a long time!
  4. If you are buying all new, make sure you pick out a 4th design for free when you take advantage of the B3G1 free deal! (I personally only bought the Black Mini Polka and used what I had for the other colors in this tutorial.)

Next, make sure you have all your tools!

  • heavy duty pinking shears (not plastic scissors)
  • straight scissors
  • glue stick or double stick tape
  • scrap paper and pen
  • application tools like a hair dryer or mini-heater
  • rubber cuticle pusher
  • nail scissors
  • rubbing alcohol
  • new high grit nail file

Easily divide up the time involved by cutting now and applying later. You can also apply in two steps, by applying the berries first, doing whatever (no washing dishes or showering though), then applying the mini polka second. Total time involved is similar to painting with polish including drying time but will last 4 times longer.

1. Start by cutting your sheets in halves for easier cutting. Lay out your berry color on a scrap of paper and draw little half circles at the sizes of the wraps where you will place the green pieces. This diagram helps keep you organized and makes application simple and easy.

strawberry 1 diagram
I used an old envelope for my scrap paper, and made this quick and easy diagram to follow after I cut my wraps up.

2. Next, place your berry color on top of your leaf color and while holding both wraps together, carefully cut the rounded ends off of the wraps with your pinking shears. You can make your leaf as narrow or as wide as you like. I went for a narrow look, so my green pieces ended up being quite small. After you have cut the wraps together, discard the small pink piece and stick the small green piece on your diagram at the right place using double stick tape or some gluestick. Continue for all your nails.

strawberry 2 bits
After cutting your wraps together, discard the berry end and place your green end on your diagram.

3. With all your green pieces attached to your diagram, put aside the remainder of your green half sheet. This sheet is not wasted, as each remaining wrap can most likely be re-cut to fit your cuticles and still be used for a green manicure.

The remainder of the green wraps are still large enough to make a full mani when I re-cut the ends to fit my cuticles.
The remainder of the green wraps are still large enough to make a full mani when I re-cut the ends to fit my cuticles.

Then attach your pink half sheet to your diagram until you are ready to apply your Strawberry manicure.

Go ahead and apply now or set aside until you are ready.
Go ahead and apply now or set aside until you are ready.

4. After doing all your nail prep, carefully peel off a green piece and place it centered on your nail while cold. Push it down with a rubber cuticle pusher. Do NOT touch your nail with your finger, but only use the rubber pusher so to not transfer any oils back onto your nail.

Place the green bit on your nail with tweezers. Apply cold to get the most control over the small piece.
Place the green bit on your nail with tweezers. Apply cold to get the most control over the small piece.

Now, with the green leaf placed, pick up the same sized berry wrap with your tweezers and cut it to the right length for your nail. Line up the Vs of the zig zag by feel and push into place with your rubber pusher. With the zig zags lined up and not overlapping, go ahead and heat up your nail with your heat source. Since we applied cold first, you will want to heat each nail 2 or 3 times.When smooth, trim excess at the tip with a nail scissors. Repeat for all your nails.

Line up the berry wrap at the Vs of one zig zag and push down with a rubber cuticle pusher.
Line up the berry wrap at the Vs of one zig zag and push down with a rubber cuticle pusher.

5. At this point, each nail should have both green and berry colored nail wraps applied but not filed. Now you will layer the Black Mini Polka on top. Repeat your prep for each nail by rubbing with alcohol.

Don't forget to prep your nails before applying the clear layer. Rubbing alcohol applied with a cotton ball is super fast and easy.
Don’t forget to prep your nails before applying the clear layer. Rubbing alcohol applied with a cotton ball is super fast and easy.

Apply the clear wraps on each of your nails, trimming the tip with your nail scissors. To cool your mani, if desired, rub your fingernails on an ice pack.

Apply the clear wraps like normal, but push a bit harder than normal with your rubber pusher.
Apply the clear wraps like normal, but push a bit harder than normal with your rubber pusher.

6. File both layers together with a new, high grit nail file. File at a 45 degree angle to help taper both layers to prevent snagging or lifting at the tips. Enjoy! Your Strawberry Nails should continue to look chip-free and amazingly cute for up to 2 weeks, 4 times longer than a similar nail polish manicure!

So sweet!
So sweet!

*This tutorial is now a YouTube video! Watch each step live to understand fully how to cut, apply, and layer your Jamberry Nails!*

Too much work? Get my custom Strawberry Jamberry nail wraps, available in a full sheet or a combo sheet with Watermelons here! 25/per sheet including tax and shipping!

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