Going to the salon to get your acrylic nails applied can be quite costly, especially since they need to be groomed frequently. If you love the look of acrylic nails but not the salon prices, you can easily put them on yourself at home. And instead of using a store-bought nail glue, you can even make your own. Easy and inexpensive to create, this glue can be used to fix tears and splits in your real nails as well.

Things You'll Need

Pour ? cup of PVA glue into a small container. Make sure that the container is clean first. PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue, also known as white glue, can be found in department or craft stores.

Add half a bottle of clear nail polish. The clear nail polish will the glue adhere smoothly to your nails.

Cut the end off of a cotton swab. Use the end that is free of the cotton to mix the glue and clear nail polish together. You will also use this to apply the glue to your nails. If you used the cotton side, you would get pieces of cotton stuck to your nails.

Hold your fake nail down over the glue that you put on your real nail for at least one minute so that the homemade glue can set properly. It takes about 10 minutes to harden completely.


  • Mix the homemade glue every few minutes while you are working on your nails.