How To: Rocket Popsicle Nails

I thought I'd share with you a cute nail idea for summer or the 4th of July! Rocket Popsicles (or Bomb Pops or Firecracker Pops) evoke memories of the neighborhood ice cream truck on hot summer days. Here's my recreation of the popular summertime treat. Enjoy!

N e e d:
  • Red, white, blue nail polishes
  • Makeup sponge
  • Clear base/top coat
D o:
Paint a clear base coat and allow to dry.

Paint a coat of white and allow to dry.

Apply red, white, blue to a makeup sponge and gently dab it onto the nail. I suggest slowly rocking the nail from left to right as you dab. Repeat process on nails.

Allow to dry and finish with a clear top coat. 

T r y:
  • No makeup sponge? Try the sponge makeup applicators that come with drugstore makeup.
  • Instead of all three colors on the sponge at once, try doing one color at a time.
  • While I like using the sponge because it gives a blended effect similar to the popsicle, feel free to paint nails using the nail brush.
  • Use whatever colors you'd like!

Happy summer!


  1. these are too cool! cute and make me want a popsicle haha :)

  2. So cute and perfect for the Fourth of July! :)

  3. Super cute Elle. You are awesome. I would love to see more hair syles. What do you have up your sleeve for our hair? :) Thinking of you!

    Shauna xxoxoxoxo

  4. Best summer treat ever! Going to do this for the 4th. :)

  5. OOH! I MUST try this! Thanks for the tips!

  6. what a better entry to summer by matching your nails to the most anticipated summer food

    MlleWanderlust Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

  7. Hah, this is cool :-) I love rocket popsicles.

  8. Oh man, I remember getting those rocket pops from the ice cream truck when I was a little kid. So many memories just came back!!

    Oh, and your nails came out awesome :)

  9. Really cute idea!


  10. So cool manucure ^^
    Thank u for this tutorial ^^

    New post - Kisses

  11. Cute indeed:) My kiddos will like this on me:P

  12. Very cute! Every time I have tried the sponge method it sops up too much polish. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

  13. This is so awesome and looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing. Xxx

  14. Love these! So fun and perfect for summer! xo, Julie

  15. This is such a fun and cheery idea, looks so cute!

  16. LOVE this- both the manicure AND the popsicle. :)


  17. This is just too cute! I like how it matches the popsicle you're holding. I bet not only me will enjoy looking at my nails on the 4th of July. Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. These are incredible, girl! I am obsessed -- these were my favorite childhood treat and now to have a grown up version makes me so happy. I will absolutely attempt to recreate these for the Fourth! (Key word is attempt - you make it look so effortless).

  19. Oh my gosh, this is so cute and perfect for 4th of July! I love doing themed stuff for holidays. :-)

    Sarah @ Life As Always

  20. You always have the best DIY projects!!!

    <3 Marina

  21. PERFECT for the summer


  22. Your nails look sooo cute!! Perfect for Summer.

  23. I seriously love these, Elle! The pics on Instagram made me crave a rocket pop -- and I really want to paint my nails like this for the 4th of July. :)

  24. Great manicure!
    Very beautiful!

    xo Jennifer


  25. I love this rocket pop nail idea....cute! The sand mani and hair smoothies look great! New blog follower from IG former pgritslj now southern mama woo, thanks for all the IG love but I guess we like similar stuff!


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