7 Nail Designs That'll Get Your Kid In the School Spirit

New mani, who dis? 💁

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Her outfit is ironed, backpack is packed, and lunch is prepped ... but what about her nails? Hear us out. It may seem over-the-top (or as your daughter would say, "extra") but let's face it, there's nothing better than filling out the attendance sheet with a fresh manicure. We've rounded up the cutest, classroom-appropriate nail designs that your kid will love. (Or if you're painting skills aren't up to par, try easy-to-use decals!)

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First, Pick Your Polish
Ulta
ulta.com
$2.47

Pressed for time? Paint this quick-dry Crayola + Sally Hansen polish on your nails for a vibrant crayon-inspired look. 

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Overwhelmed? Try Decals!
Etsy
etsy.com
$3.99

If the thought of using dotting tools and tiny brushes overwhelms you, then try these foolproof decals that highlight all of your classroom favorites, including No. 2 pencils, rulers, composition notebooks, and crayons. 

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Crayon Nails

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Everyone's talking about colored pencil nails, so what? Crayons — Crayola, especially — were the original way to infuse color into your life so we're hopping on the Crayola nail art trend.

What you'll need: stripe art brushes ($8, )

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Daisy Nails

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Savor the last few weeks of summer with these ditsy daisy nails. Sprinkle a few dotted blooms on a few (or all!) nails for a cute, youthful look.

What you'll need: nail dotting tools ($5, )

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Homework-Inspired Nails

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Here's one automatic way to get an A+ (we kid, we kid).

What you'll need: stripe art brushes ($8, )

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Football Nails

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The best way to kick off a new school year? Under the stadium lights!

What you'll need: stripe art brushes ($8, )

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Polka Dot Nails

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No post-lunch slump here. These rainbow-colored nails are the ultimate afternoon pick-me-up.

What you'll need: nail dotting tools ($5, )

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Organic Chemistry Nails

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We all have a "geeky" side. Some of us love chemistry (this design's for you!). Some of us love band class. Now's the time to wear your smarts on your sleeve (er, fingertips).

What you'll need: stamper and scraper ($6, )

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Teacher Nails

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With these adorable nails, there's no way your kid will forget to turn in their homework assignment. Or study. Or ya know, bring a pencil to class.

What you'll need: nail art tape ($5, )

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