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Get Your Nails in the Hanukkah Spirit With This Easy Tutorial

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The dreidel is a game that most children who celebrate Hanukkah grew up playing and since it is a celebration, why not paint a dreidel on your nails? This simple nail art tutorial will bring a little fun to your holiday.

First, you will need to pick a base color for your dreidel. I chose blue as I tend to associate Hanukkah with blue and silver. This polish is the lovely Deborah Lippmann Money Now, Sleep Later. Wait a couple of minutes for your base to dry before moving on to the next step.


Now it's time to start making your dreidel. I used my It's So Easy silver striper polish to do the entire dreidel, but any silver striper or a very tiny thin paint brush and a silver polish will work. Start by making two parallel lines length ways down your nail. Be sure you leave enough room at the top and bottom for the dreidel, but make these lines as close to the sides as possible while still allowing a bit of the side color to show.

Now it's time to make the base of your dreidel. You'll want to make two lines at the base of the parallel lines and have them meet in the middle.

Now to make the top, simply draw a line that's perpendicular to the rest of the dreidel to connect the sides and make a small line on top to simulate where you spin from.

At this point, your dreidel will look like this. If you'd like, you can just fill it in with a solid color or leave it, but if you want an authentic dreidel with a Hebrew letter on it, keep reading.


I found the Hay symbol to be the easiest to do, but feel free to try whichever letter you like. And voila!  You have a dreidel on your nails. I wanted this to just be an accent so I sponged some silver glitter on the tips of my other nails to make it really festive.



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