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Our team is hard as nails! OSU football nail designs


We’ve given you Block outfits, we’ve given you certified chants, now it’s time for ~nails~. That’s right, nail designs inspired by Ohio State football. Choose one or a combination of a few!

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What sets the Ohio State University apart from other colleges and schools? That little three-letter word. Throw a gray (or silver in my case) background on the nail. Then add a large red stripe longways down the middle of the nail. If you want to be precise, then use a nail brush tool so the lines are clean. the final step is to use a super thin nail brush tool and write out “THE” in white.


Cute and simple, but a little linework is needed. Start out with a brown polish. Use a thin nail art brush to carefully add one white line down the center of the nail. (Hack: Use a toothpick if you don’t have great nail tools.) Then just add a few short horizontal lines on top of that and you’re good to go. This style looks best with round or oval shaped nails to actually resemble a football!


If you’re capable, use a thin nail brush to make a little Block O on your nails. If you’re like me and struggle with that (sadly… the corners are tough), then settle for a Block O “Border” nail. A glittery red polish sets the perfect base for a white, gray, and black border.


the state symbol of Ohio! You can start this design with any base color, but I chose white. Then make a small roundish shape with a brown polish. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should be about half the size of the nail. Then do the same thing with a light tan color, but smaller, and you’ve got yourself a little buckeye!


Of course scarlet and gray are any Ohio State fan’s go-to colors. Sprinkle in a bit of black and white for extra flair. I chose to start with a black nail and added red stripes to it. Then I topped it off with some white and ta-da! You’ve got a design that’ll have you cheering from the sidelines.

Lizzy Ogbonna

Lizzy Ogbonna


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