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10 Back-to-School Nail Art Ideas That Will Make Your Tween Think You're Cool

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Ah, back-to-school season. A time when parents secretly cheer (hey, summer vacation is LONG) as kids head back to the classroom with a mix of grumbles and excitement.

By now, your tween has probably spent hours painstakingly selecting what she’s going to wear on the first day of school – and rolling her eyes at your suggestions. But you can still get in on the fashion fun with these ideas for awesome back-to-school nail art!

Set aside some time for a special mother-daughter spa day and give each other mani/pedis. You’ll get major cool points and your daughter will love all the compliments she gets on her nails … even if she won’t admit it.

So whether you’re headed to the pick-up line or the lunch line, kick off the school year with one of these creative nail art ideas:

Lined Paper 1 of 10
Binders and notebooks filled with lined paper are a main stay of back-to-school season, so these nails will never go out of style.

Get the tutorial from Disney Style!
School Supplies 2 of 10
Besides new clothes, nothing brings back-to-school to a fever pitch quite like new school supplies. Remember the smell of an untouched composition book? Remember how important it seemed to pick the right supplied? Relive the excitement with these amazing school supply nails.

Get the tutorial from Astro Wifey!
Handwriting 3 of 10
Do kids still learn handwriting? If they do, they're about to become really familiar with the classic dotted line paper we know and love. Cute Idea: Spell out you your your kid's name!

Get the tutorial from Daily Nail!
Crayons 4 of 10
Admit it: the best thing on your school supplies list was always a brand new set of crayons. Fashioned in the classic Crayola style, these nails will make you want to break out the Radical Red and color like the good ol' days.

Get the tutorial from Divine Caroline.
Bookworm 5 of 10
Never did being called a bookworm seems so chic! This nail art is amazing and adorable, perfect for a teacher looking to inspire a love of reading.

Idea from Freestyle Nails.
Paper Air Plane 6 of 10
Before computers, there was a time when people took notes on actual paper. With an actual pen. But let's face it, not all paper was used for biology lectures. Reminisce about the boring days that inspired many a paper plane with this adorable nail art.

Get the tutorial from Live and Love!
Sports 7 of 10
Back-to-school also means back to sports, both watching and playing. Don't feel obligated to represent just one pastime — rep them all!

Get the tutorial from Nail Wish.
Plaid 8 of 10
Plaid will always be associated with classic back-to-school style. It doesn't matter whether or not school uniforms were on your shopping list, these nails are perfect for any dress code.

Get the tutorial from Roslion Nail Art.
Book-Inspired 9 of 10
These book-inspired nails would make any English major swoon.

Get the tutorial from Samii Ryan.
School Subjects 10 of 10
Math, science, social studies and more are represented on these incredible nails!

Get the tutorial from Swatch and Learn.
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