Going to the salon to get your acrylic nails applied can be expensive, 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 a 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 mixed clear nail polish makes the glue adhere smoothly to your nails.

Cut the end off of a cotton swab. Use the end that is free of cotton to mix the glue and clear nail polish together. You will also use this to apply the glue to your nails.

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


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