Winnie the Pooh Day: Nail Art Inspired by Christopher Robin’s Pals

In honor of Winnie the Pooh Day on January 18th (aka author A.A. Milne’s 132nd birthday), I’ve created nail art featuring all of your favorite characters. I’ve always been a fan of the original drawings by Ernest H. Shepard,¬†so I pulled out my son’s copy of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and drew a few of the characters for inspiration. Following the black and white trend, I kept the nail art simple, with black line drawings on white nails.

I demonstrate two different techniques in this post. The first is freehand drawing the characters on your nails, and the second is transferring laser printed images onto nails. I did the freehand method on my left hand and the transfer method on my right. The illustrations are included for you to use as reference or to print for nail transfer.

For the freehand drawing technique you will need:

  • base coat
  • white nail polish
  • black nail art pen
  • top coat
  • orangewood stick and nail polish remover or a nail clean-up pen
  • the attached pdf of the illustrations¬†(see slide 5)

For the nail transfer method you will need:

  • base coat
  • white nail polish
  • laser printer
  • the attached pdf of the illustrations printed¬†(see slide 5)
  • 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • a small paintbrush or cotton swab
  • black nail art pen
  • top coat
  • orangewood stick and nail polish remover or a nail clean-up pen

Links to the products I used are found in the slides.

  • Winnie-the-Pooh Nail Art Tutorial with Free Printable 1 of 10
  • Prep Nails 2 of 10

    Start with your nails clean and prepped per this post.

  • Add a Base Coat 3 of 10

    Apply a base coat.

    Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat is available at Walgreens $8

  • Add White Polish 4 of 10

    Next, apply 2-3 coats of white nail polish.


    Wet n' Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in French White Cream is found at Drugstore.com $.99

  • Print the Illustrations 5 of 10

    So simple and so charming! A laser printer works best for this and you will probably need a little patience, as the images are tricky to transfer. If you have a laser printer, you can follow the alcohol method I demonstrate in this post using regular paper. (If you have an inkjet printer, you can still transfer the images, but will need to purchase inkjet decal paper and follow this tutorial to learn how to transfer the images on to your nails.) The PDF of the images is found here.


    Papilio Clear Inkjet Decal Sheets are available on Amazon $17.75

  • Cut Out the Individual Animals 6 of 10

    Whether you print on regular copy paper or on decal sheets, you'll need to cut out the illustrations after printing.

  • Apply Alcohol 7 of 10

    I used an old paintbrush (you can also use a cotton swab) to apply 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to my nails. The alcohol works as a solvent to loosen the ink from the paper so that it will transfer onto your nail.


    Walgreen's 70% Isopropyl Alchohol is found at Walgreens $2.79

  • Press Printout on Nail 8 of 10

    After applying the alcohol, firmly press a printout onto your nail and hold for a few seconds. Allow the paper to remain on your nail for a few minutes before gently peeling away. The ink should transfer on to your nail. There may be bits of paper remaining on the nail, but that's okay. You can gently wipe the bits away once the alcohol is completely dry.

  • Touch Up 9 of 10

    You may find that you need to fill in areas that failed to transfer with a black nail art pen or clean up polish slips. I'm old school and usually use an orangewood stick with cotton and nail polish remover to erase mistakes. Feel free to use a handy nail clean-up pen.


    OPI Correct & Clean-Up Pen is found at Beyond Polish $5.95

  • Apply a Top Coat 10 of 10

    Make sure you finish with a top coat to seal and secure your artwork.

    Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat is available at Beauty.com $8.50




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