Easy Nail Designs with a Sponge

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian

So you know how you go on Pinterest and search for easy nail designs and nothing you try actually looks like it’s supposed to? Either I am horrible at doing nail art of their idea of easy is drastically different than mine.  I really wanted to make one of the designs I found on Pinterest but after 2 hours and 8 botched attempts, I decided it’s not going to work for me.

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Easy nail designs with a sponge

Easy Nail Designs with a Sponge

Thankfully, I found out there are easy nail designs with a sponge that I can actually do. You can use a special make up sponge for this or you can just use a cheap kitchen sponge which is what I did. Just cut off a corner of the sponge to use and discard so you can save the rest for another project.


  • Three different nail polish colors
  • 1 household sponge
  • Wax paper
  • Clear coat nail polish
  • Nail polish remover

Easy nail designs with a sponge


It really doesn’t get much easier than this.

  • Paint your nails one color. Use one or two coats to get good coverage.
  • Let them dry completely.
  • Put a bit of the other two nail polish colors on a piece of wax paper.

Easy nail designs with a sponge

  • Quickly swirl the two colors together using the piece of sponge.
  • Dab the sponge into the two colors and swirl.
  • Press against your nails in a random pattern.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Remove any polish that got on your cuticles or fingers with nail polish remover.
  • Cover with a coat of clear polish.

That’s all there is to it. You can do it in an ombre shade going light to dark if you want or you can pick colors to match your favorite holiday or your favorite dress.

Easy nail designs with a sponge

18 thoughts on “Easy Nail Designs with a Sponge”

  1. Ooh, that looks pretty. You should check out my friend Alisha’s blog, she’s from Nashville and really likes nail art … I forget the name offhand but I’m FB friends w/ her.

  2. I really like the yellow and turquoise.  I think I could even do this!  All the nail things look so much easier than the are! Does your daughter help you apply it?

  3. I agree, I’ve tried a few beauty DIY tutorials and a majority of them have come out complete and utter fails! Thank you for posting an EASY nail tutorial that we can all do regardless of our skill levels. LOL

  4. This came out great!  Very creative and it isn’t too difficult either.  This would be a fun project to do with my daughters 🙂

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