By Kathryn M. D’Imperio

In case you haven’t heard of them, Fimo Frooties (also Fruity / Fruitie slices) are one of the greatest nail art crazes of the moment. These adorable nail art pieces are tiny yet as intricate as can be. You can add miniature fruit nail designs made of fimo clay to your regular manicures and pedicures for beautiful and unique nail art styles. The fimo shapes of Frooties include everything from orange slices, lemon slices, and lime slices (three of my favorites), to grapefruit slices, strawberries, cherries, apples, kiwi, and more.

Even if you are a beginner at nail art, Fimo fruity slices are easy enough and lots of fun to apply to your nails. The toughest part honestly is choosing which style or design of Fimo nail art you would like to apply.

To create your own beautiful and unique manicures and pedicures featuring Fimo fruit slices, follow these easy steps:

Materials for Fimo Frootie Manicure or Pedicure

•    Nail glue
•    Fimo Fruit Slices
•    Regular nail polish of your choice
•    Strengthening base coat
•    Clear topcoat nail polish

Steps for Creating Fruit Themed Nail Art Designs with Fimo Slices
To create your own pretty Fimo Frootie nail art, manicures, and pedicures, follow these steps:

1.    Apply base coat to nails.

2.    Once dry, apply two coats of your desired background color of nail polish. For my nail art, I used a lovely sparkly orange – Fresh Squeezed by Nicole by OPI – and applied in somewhat of a gradient application. In the heaviest places, I applied four coats of nail polish.

3.    Once all coats of background nail color are dry, prepare your Fimo slices. You can cut full circle fruit slices in half using sharp scissors, or you can apply the whole fruit design. Choose a few different styles for a diverse look or keep it simple with one or two similar pieces.

4.    Apply a tiny drop of nail art glue where you wish to affix the Fimo fruit slices. Be especially careful not to get the glue on your skin (I did) and definitely avoid getting it on your working surface or clothing.

5.    Carefully affix the Fimo slices in your preferred pattern where you’ve placed the glue. Allow time to dry.

6.    Once slices appear securely attached, carefully apply one coat of clear topcoat nail polish. Allow to dry.

Working with Fimo Frootie slices as nail art can be quite easy and a lot of fun. Be careful as it can also become quite addicting, as there are literally hundreds of different styles and designs, far beyond the scope of fruit slices. Fimo clay artists even create their own one-of-a-kind Fimo canes for nail art. You should exercise great caution if you decide to purchase the whole Fimo canes for slicing as nail art pieces yourself. Use a straight razorblade with care and ask for help from someone more skilled at using sharp tools if possible. To cut existing fimo slices into half slices, as shown here with the orange, lemon, and lime slices, take a thing slice of fimo and cut along the lines right down the center of the orange, lemon, or lime slice.

You can create many exciting and beautiful looks using Fimo slices for your manicures and pedicures. We hope you enjoy this fun and addicting style of nail art!