Spa Party Favor Idea – DIY Nail File Cover
June 13, 2018
Emery Board cover template and cut paper with scissors

Spa Party Favor – DIY Nail File Cover

Looking for a Spa Party Favor idea? How about one that is super affordable AND your guests will love!? I know…seems to good to be true, right? But it's real. This DIY Nail file cover is not only darling, but super functional.

How many of you ladies have ever stuck a nail file into your purse only to have it scratch the heck out of your sunglasses and phone screen? NO MORE! I created this simple nail file cover for a spa party on the “Beauty Bar,” and now make them regularly as gifts because they are simple and so dang handy!

DIY Nail file cover tutorial by Salt Lake Party stylist

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Spa Party Favor Supplies

Supplies to make an emery board cover spread out on cute striped paper.

Are you ready? Ok – let's see what we need for this DIY Nail File Cover:

Download Template Here

See. I said it was easy. Besides the actual nail files you probably already have everything you need to get started. I even had a big pack of those in my bottom bathroom drawer! Take a peek now and then, it's amazing the treasures you'll find!

Step 1 – Trace & Cut Nail File Cover Template:

Tracing emery board cover template on colorful floral scapbook paper.

Print and cut the template, then trace onto the BACK side of your paper. You don't want any ink to accidentally end up the front of the paper. But isn't the back of this one pretty too? Alas, it didn't match my spa theme.

Emery Board cover template and cut paper with scissors

You can use scissors but to make sure all my cuts are straight I use a paper trimmer for all the long straight cuts and the scissors for the the angles and skinny piece. It just helps make sure everything matches up nicely when folding.

Step 2 – Fold up bottom flap

Folding paper to create emery board cover for spa party favor.

Fold the bottom “neck” up to create a straight line at the bottom. It should line up at the top. You can trim down any excess if needed. Then use a bone folder to run down both sides and create a crease for the flaps.

Step 3 – Fold in side flaps

Folding paper to create emery board cover for spa party favor.

These side flap can be tricky with thicker paper and the crease you just created with your bone folder will make it much cleaner and easier. If you don't have one – don't fret, you can use your fingernail in a pinch to make sure your folds stay straight.

Step 4 – Fold & Tape 

Folding paper to create emery board cover for spa party favor.

Now you've got a little envelope that looks a little something like this! I know it shows the punch already done but by the time I had everything put together I had to punch it again to get it straight. SO…please wait until the end. Trust me, I know it's hard to wait, but once it's taped shut I give you permission to punch away!

Folding paper to create emery board cover for spa party favor.

Then I cut a strip of double sided tape down the middle and place it on the outside of each flap. Fold over, lining the sides up as you go, and press down firmly.

Step 5 – PUNCH!

Punching a curve into finished emery board cover for spa party favor

I don't know why the punches are such a satisfying experience. It's just so fun, I love the sound, the confetti left behind, and of course the improvement to my project at hand. I mean, I don't know anyone who can cut a perfect circle. Or in this case – curve. I chose to trim both sides to make it easier to remove the nail file.

Compile Your Spa Party Favor Bags

Spa party favor supplies including emery board cover in striped paper.

Slide the nail file into it's cute new emery board cover! It's a snug fit so it doesn't accidentally slide out while in a purse and continue to wreak havoc on your sunglasses. Add your nail files with covers to a bag with some fun items like:

  • Mud masks
  • Loofahs
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Sleep Masks
  • Mini lotions
  • Lip gloss

And I'd say, my dear, you are right ready for a spa party! Or the makings of a fabulous gift for a birthday, teacher thank you, Mother's Day, or baby shower. {who couldn't use a little extra pampering when pregnant?}

Package it up and Send it out

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The great news is that you can create a fun and practical spa party favor for less than $5. See some super cute ways to style these in our Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower Favor post. A spa themed favor is something everyone enjoys and I hope you, dear reader have enjoyed this Nail File cover tutorial!

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  1. Caroline

    so clever and totally cute!

  2. Beth Davidson

    I sincerely did not know you could make these yourself. Lol. What a fun idea! I’m going to have to give this a whirl.

  3. Natalie Mayhew

    what a cute idea for personlizing a spa party or gift! So creative and thoughtful.

  4. Lori Goldman

    How cute are these favors! I also love putting little gift baskets together for friends, so this would be perfect to include in those too!


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