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Ant Activities


Ants Go Marching Nail Design
The ants go marching nail design is perfect for a summer picnic.
The ants go marching nail design is perfect for a summer picnic.

The ants go marching nail design is perfect for adding a little excitement to any picnic. It might take a little practice to get it right, but the result -- an adorable checkered pattern topped with crawly ants -- is worth the effort.

How to do the ants go marching nail design:

Step 1: Paint nails white. Let dry. Repeat.

Step 2: To create the checkered pattern, paint two small red squares (one on each side of the nail). The squares should be of equal size, and they should align top to bottom.

Step 3: Paint a small red square at the top middle of the nail. The bottom of this square should align with the top of the other two. Make sure the corners touch.

Make sure the corners of the squares touch.
Make sure the corners of the squares touch.

Step 4: Paint another small red square at the bottom middle of the nail. The top of this square should align with the bottom of the middle two. Again, make sure the corners touch. Let dry.

Step 5: Using black paint to create the ants, in the lower right corner of the nail paint three small dots in a diagonal line. Paint another diagonal line of three dots in the upper left corner of the nail.

Step 6: With black paint and a toothpick, paint short, thin lines coming out from each of the ants -- three lines on each side of each body. These are the ants' legs.

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