How To: Sparkly Pumpkin Nails (Jelly Manicure)

Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons: the weather, scarves, sweaters, my birthday (!!!), and pumpkins. Random ElleSees fact #48392: I collect pumpkins. Weird, right? So it should be no surprise that I'd have something pumpkin on the blog, right? Oh, and there's more pumpkin-goodness where that came from! Try these super-quick Sparkly Pumpkin Nails--they kinda remind me of candy corns. Or should I stop blogging when hungry? Here's how to:

T O O L S:

  • orange/coral polish 
  • chunky gold glitter polish
M E T H O D:

While I'm using an orange/coral color here, feel free to use whatever color you want. 
To make it a true jelly manicure (also called pbj manicure), choose a polish that is buildable.
 Don't throw out those polishes that require multiple coats
 to achieve the color in the bottle--those work perfect for this.

Paint one thin base coat of orange. Let dry.

Paint one coat of glitter. Let dry. 
I like the chunky glitter polish better for this, as it shows the orange more. 
I also liked gold better than silver for this. 
Some of you might like it just like this--that's totally up to you!

Paint top coat of orange polish. Let dry. Seal with clear coat if desired. 
The effect should be like the glitter is suspended in gel, hence the Jelly or PBJ name. Enjoy!

What are you up to this weekend? I'm kinda excited about having no plans. Maybe I should curl up in the hammock with a good book? Tell me your plans. 
Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. Ahh I am so doing this tomorrow!! thanks <3

    xo, Heather

  2. those look GREAT!!! I love how vibrant the color is. Most of the Halloween nail blogs I see are black, digging this!!

    PS no no no, I was NOT saying you airbrushed your blemish out! I was saying I was impressed because the makeup made it look that way!

  3. I actually tried this tonight, and mine turned out crappy. I probably should have used bigger glitter chunks. Yours look great though!

  4. LOVE Zoya! That orange is pretty!


  5. This is great for halloween! No plans are good plans :) Have a great weekend.

  6. Very cute! Love the way glitter polish looks but I hate taking it off!

  7. Love this mani, so perfect for fall!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  8. Super fun nails! Seems simple enough to try!

    My weekend plans include some yard work and then going to roller derby with some friends.

  9. Cute idea!!

    xo Rach

  10. What fun! Thanks for inspiration, I think I may go with a black polish, purple-y glitter polish! So many options!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've joined your followers. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

    Understated Classics

  11. oooh totally like the jelliness of these nails, Elle! and the orange is actually really pretty and very fall-ish!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  12. How adorable, Elle! And it's Thanksgiving this Monday for us Canadians, so woohoo!

  13. Love the pumpkin mani! Would go great with a pumpkin spice latte, ha!

    This weekend Lance is coaching a tournament, and he wants me to come watch a game or two... Coach's wife?! How weird. :)


  14. We're going the pumpkin patch for our pumpkins- I'm so excited because I love Fall! I may just need this pumpkin mani for the trip :-) Have a good one~

  15. I have pumpkin spice creamer.

  16. Candy corn nails would be so cool! When you paint the top coat of orange over the sparkle it looks really different and awesome. Definitely pinning. :)

  17. this is a fun idea therefore you should always blog when you are hungry.

  18. Cute and very clever - love anything orange

  19. love it! i should try my orange polish for fall soon

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  20. cool nails. Going to have to try this out. I'm going to the apple orchard

  21. Hi cutie patootie! This is way too adorable. You're inspiring me to play this weekend. My nails are an absolute wreck right now because each one is painted a different color for work. So can't wait to start over :)

    Have a great weekend! xoxo

  22. Elle- love this mani-- orange/coral and gold is always awesome...so cute and the backgrounds are adorbs.

  23. Such a fun color! I am so into orange right now.

  24. sooo cute! love this nail diy! :)


  25. Ooooo, I just love this mani. It is reminiscent of pumpkin seeds. Awesome job. :)

  26. So cute!!! I'll have to do this!

  27. Someone told me once that orange is the most seductive color. I don't know if that's true but those colors do look pretty hot.

  28. Not #1,000 but #810, woo! Love this idea and your blog. They both are extremely cute :)

  29. awww, so much fun!

    as for the weekend plans: nothing. reading and eating ;) maybe some yoga...
    love doro

  30. Oh I would love this for halloween! Really like that colour :) xo

  31. That looks great. It looks easy and I will try it.

  32. Love the manicure, and thanks for visiting my blog :)

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  33. omg ANYTHING pumpkin i LOVE!


  34. hello! i like your blog! im following you now, if you like my blog, follow me back please!

    If you want, we can also follow each other on our social networks



  35. These look amazing! I really need to try a jelly Sammy mani!

  36. SO cute!! You are so creative! I love them:)
    xo, amy

  37. Nice nails.*_*
    Thank you so much for the follow.
    Follow you back on gfc.
    Do you also follow me on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.:-)

  38. Thanks for the tutorial! Definitely going to do this when it gets a littttle closer to halloween.

  39. The idea is really great (I have to admit, though, that I'm not a fan of orange, but this will work in other colors as well!)

    You're so right about the comment you left at my blog! I always look at the blogs of people who leave a comment on my site - no matter if they are noreply bloggers or not, and I have many of my favorite blogs through them leaving comments on my blog. Sometimes, though, you want to reply to a comment quickly, and just don't have the time for all of that! =)

    Glad I found your blog!

  40. I've been enjoying going to the salon to get manicures but without the polish. Just the other day when I was doing yet another cull of my beauty products, I thought of you! I love the sparkle in this look Elle!

  41. lovely nail art! i didn't think of any halloween outfit and make-up yet. thanks for the lovely inspiration!



  42. I love it!!!!!!! Fun and festive!!!!! New follower via Bloglovin!!!

  43. LOVE this!! Perfect for the month of October :) I will definitely have to try this out!

  44. so cool. such a cute idea. cannot even wait for halloween :D

    xx m


  45. such an awesome idea! it's canadian thanksgiving for me this weekend :)


  46. omg how awesome is that? definitely going to try that for halloween! xx


  47. This is just the cutest orangey inspiration! Looks so lovely. P.S I have a special request Elle...have you done (or could you possibly do) a post on how to properly remove eye makeup and mascara and with natural non-astringent makeup removers?

  48. This is sooooooooo perfect for halloween, love!

  49. Aww love your nails! Cute background too!

    Xoxo Jessica

    Ps. Now following you back!

  50. wow this looks great!!! your blog is nice! Maybe we follow each other ?! Let me know ;-) Greetings www.yuliekendra.com

  51. Hi Elle!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the nail polish that you used. I never wear nail polish on my finger nails. It always chips off too quickly. Plus, I lack the patience to sit long enough to let it dry. However, I do sometimes paint my toe nails! I may have to give this a try sometime.

    Following you back via GFC. Have a great day!


  52. Awesome nails! I really like it! Maybe we follow each other!?

  53. So cool! Perfect for that big Orange Holiday coming up :D Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and and commenting :)

  54. Wow - love your nails. So festive!


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