20 Back-to-School Manicure Ideas That Deserve an A+

Kayla Boyd | Jul 16, 2019 Beauty & Style
20 Back-to-School Manicure Ideas That Deserve an A+

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Between August and September, back-to-school season is in full swing and it pretty much consumes our lives whether we are teachers, have kids in school, are going to school ourselves, or all of the above. From new school supplies to clothes to lunches, there is so much we need and so much to consider when gearing up for a new school year. Some of it is stressful and some of it is fun. One thing in particular that can be a little more exciting is getting a themed back-to-school manicure! Nail art is such a fun way of expression, so why not use it to get more enthusiastic about the school year? There TONS of ideas out there to try. 

People have thought of everything from chalkboards to Crayola crayons to Dr. Seuss when it comes to a school-inspired manicure. People have even created colored pencil nail art that actually draws! It is pretty insane. And even for people who don't want 3D apples popping off of their nails (which do exist by the way), there are also plenty more minimalistic back-to-school manicure ideas. Apples, rulers, pencils, notebook paper are all small elements of school that can be turned into an adorable nail art design. For teachers, it can be an especially fun way to show off one's passion for teaching. Even moms who are excited for the new school year could rock these looks. They really are so much fun. Here are 20 fantastic manicure ideas that are sure to get people pumped for the school year.

  • PERSONALIZED BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This adorable manicure has tons of detail. It features a pencil, apple, notebook, ruler, and notebook paper. The coolest part is the chalkboard design that reads "Mrs. Wiggs" Perfect for a teacher! 

  • HUNGRY CATERPILLAR BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a popular book for beginning readers. It's a really cute nail art idea for moms with young kids or elementary school teachers. 

  • PENCIL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This pencil design is so cute! It's great for a writer or English teacher. Very fun and creative. 

  • DOODLE NOTEBOOK BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These doodle nails are super unique and adorable. They look just like little drawings on notebook paper. 

  • APPLE BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    Apples are commonly associated with back-to-school and fall, so these apple nails are perfect. We love how the accent nail features one big apple, making it slightly different than the others. 

  • CHALKBOARD BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These chalkboard nails are insane! The black matte with the white drawings on top looks so much like a real chalkboard. And the glitter nails are a fun touch as well. 

  • COLORED PENCIL BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This back-to-school nail design features colored pencils. It's a creative way to have colorful back-to-school nails that will stand out. 

  • A+ BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These notebook paper nails are actually pretty simple, but they still look so cool. The little A+ detail really takes it to the next level for back-to-school manicure fun.

  • PINK DETAILS BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These friends got super fun back-to-school manicures together. The nails on the left feature apples and notebooks with pretty pink details. 

  • GLITTER BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These sassy back-to-school nails have a lot of fun glitter added to them. This manicure features Crayola designs, a pencil design, a chalkboard, and an apple. 

  • STAMPED BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This fun stamped look has so much interesting detail going on. It has tons of back-to-school elements such as a calculator, a baseball, and theater masks. It's a clever idea to include specific extracurricular activities in a school nail design.

  • CRAYOLA BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This back-to-school manicure looks like a pack of Crayola crayons. The iconic art supplies brand is totally recognizable as the inspiration for this colorful look. 

  • NOTE TO SELF BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These nails feature a message reminiscent of sending a note in class. They say: "Back to school. This will be fun! ... Nope ... Still sucks." LOL! 

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These crisp and clean back-to-school designs are spot on! This manicure features an apple, chalkboards, rulers, and pencil designs. 

  • COLORING BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    Some people even get creative with their back-to-school pedicures. This person asked for multiple colored crayons drawing on a white base for a creative nail design. 

  • MINIMALIST BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    Even a more minimalist approach can work for fun back-to-school nails. These nude nails have one small red apple on the accent nail. It's simple and super cute. 

  • BEJEWELED BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    For someone who prefers to be a bit more extra, these bejeweled back-to-school nails are amazing. They feature glitter, gems, 3D apple designs, and a sharpened pencil nail.

  • BUS STOP BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    This clean nail art design is perfect for an English teacher. It features a school bus, a crosswalk sign, some books, and an English subject word bubble. 

  • RAINBOW BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    These rainbow nails are sure to stand out! The black details on top of the colorful bed features the words "back to school," along with paperclips, math equations, and pencils. 

  • DR. SEUSS BACK-TO-SCHOOL NAILS

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    Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular authors of children's books, so these Dr. Seuss-inspired nails are perfect for back-to-school season. One of the nails reads: "It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become."

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