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Free Download – Vinyl Nail Decal Instruction Set & 8 Vinyl Nail Decal Tips

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With summer just around the corner, everyone gets their finger and toe nails all done up.

Silhouette and Cricut small business owners can whip up sheets of vinyl nail decals for quick easy sales – plus it is a great way to use your scraps!

Today, I’m sharing a free download – vinyl nail decal instruction set, and I’m sharing a few tips for creating vinyl nail decals.

Free Download - Vinyl Nail Decal Instruction Set & 8 Vinyl Nail Decal Tips -

Tips for Cutting Vinyl Nail Decals

  1. Make them Small – Vinyl nail decals should be sized around .25 inches each.
  2. Go for Simple – Nail decals should be simple shapes without lots of detail cut using adhesive vinyl.
  3. No Transfer Paper Needed – Transfer paper generally isn’t necessary for the customer to transfer vinyl to nail.
  4. Use Overcut – For Silhouette users, try using the overcut feature to assist with making tiny cuts.
  5. Price Correctly – Current online pricing for handmade nail decals is all over the place. I’d recommend pricing of a full sheet 8.5 inches by 11 inches at $4 to $5; and a half sheet of vinyl nail decals 8.5 inches by 6.5 inches at $2 to $3.
  6. Try Themes – Consider offering themed bundles (several related designs sold together).
  7. Earn Extra Money with Affiliate Programs – Remember that post on affiliate programs? (If not, go back to it.) A product like this lends itself well to an affiliate program. For example, take a product photo of your nail decal on your freshly painted nail. In the text, you can note the brand and color of the nail polish and an affiliate link to buy it. You’ll make money anytime someone purchases the nail polish through your link and it isn’t in competition to the product you are selling.
  8. Include Instructions – Of course, always be sure to give your customers instructions to apply and remove the nail decals.

Free Printable Vinyl Nail Decal Instructions

Don’t have time to create your own instruction set? Download mine below.

P.S. In case you are wondering, instruction photos were shot with a ShotBox and the nail polish used in the instruction set is Sally Hansen Insta-dri.


Thursday 6th of June 2019

You are so sweet to share all of your ideas. I know you put a lot of work into all you do and how time consuming it is. Hope your husband is doing well! Thanks for all you do!!

Christine, Cutting for Business

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

My pleasure! We are doing ok lately, thanks for asking!

Kathy Shorter

Thursday 16th of May 2019

This is such a great idea. I have been thinking of a ton of different decals I can make. Thank you for sharing.

Christine, Cutting for Business

Saturday 18th of May 2019

It's my favorite thing to do with scraps!


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Hi Christine, Do you us a circuit or is there a different printer for this? I love this idea but have no clue how to get started and what I need to do it. Thanks Shawna


Thursday 1st of February 2018

Hello! Yes, these are made of vinyl and you'd use a Silhouette or Cricut to cut them. Here's the differences between the machines:


Sunday 10th of September 2017


I have the inkjet water-slide decal paper. Do you have any tutorials on how to do the same with that paper? Thanks Denise


Sunday 17th of September 2017

Hello! I do not, however, there are a ton on YouTube: Hope that helps!

Roxanne Loyst

Saturday 1st of July 2017

Awesome. Going to give this a try. Thank you


Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Hope it goes well!