Nail Art: Teddy Bear

First, a quote:
You really don't have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear.
- Rachel Newman

Did you or do you still own a teddy bear?

I remember I used to own a huggable teddy bear when I was a kid. It had a huge red ribbon wrapped around its neck. I believe I received it as a gift from my Nanay (mother). When I was a teenager, I received a few teddy bears from suitors and friends. I honestly don't know where these toys are. They're probably with another child as we have donated most of our toys.

I'm much older now and the only teddy bear I have is my partner. No, he's not huge nor chubby enough to pass as a bear. But he's huggable! And whenever I need the comfort of a teddy bear, I can always paint one in my nails! Just like this:

Teddy Bear Nail Design
Teddy Bear nail design by Simply Rins!

What is it about teddy bears noh? Girls really do get attached to these huggable stuffed toys. It even comes in different colors! But for this particular nail art, I decided to go with the classic bear color -- brown. Here are the base colors that I used for this design:

Nail Art Teddy Bear 01

For my pointer finger, I used 2 coats of Orly Country Khaki. This is the only light brown I have and I think it's perfect for painting the bear on my ring finger as well. This polish is almost opaque with 1 coating. As for my ring finger and the polka dots, I wore 2 layers of OPI Alpine Show. Application is quite streaky but evens out with a top coat. For the other nails, I left them bare with Faceshop, a dark chocolate shade polish. I've been looking for a good chocolate shade and I think this is more than good! I found this during a recent visit to Faceshop.

Nail Art Teddy Bear 02

I got curious regarding the history of the name "Teddy Bear". So I sought the help of the ever reliable Google! It got its name from the late U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". Why? In the early 1900s, President Roosevelt went to Mississippi to address the border dispute between Louisiana and Mississippi. During his visit, he went on a bear hunting trip. The people wanted to make sure that he will win a hunting prize so they caught a bear cub, tied it to a tree, and presented it to him. The president refused to shoot the bear and this story made the people love him more. Later, Morris Michtom, a New York toymaker, and his wife made a bear stuffed toy and asked President Theodore Roosevelt if they could name it Teddy Bear.

Nail Art Teddy Bear 03

September 09 is celebrated in the U.S. as National Teddy Bear Day! There really isn't any record on why this date was chosen. But the love received by Teddy Bears all over the world, by children and adults alike, makes it worthy to have a Teddy Bear Day! :) I know that September is far far away but I'm declaring today Teddy Bear nails day! Hooray!

Nail Art Teddy Bear 05

I hope you liked this Teddy Bear nail design. I also hope that somehow this nail art made your day better as you remember your childhood with your own Teddy Bear or as it still continues to touch your life right now.


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  1. omg this is adorable!


  2. Awww this is so cute! <3 I love it!

  3. aww, super cute :) when I was a kid I had a pink teddy bear with a brown bow with white polka dots, I still have him :)

  4. I love this design...I still have my first teddy bear...I really want to try a design like this soon!

  5. I gave away my first Teddy Bear. I don't know where it is right now. But I have small ones as gifts. :)

  6. Oh my god, I was juss doodling a teddy design for my next attempt.. :) Its super cute.. :)

  7. anything you do just leave me breathless :-D

  8. Very cute! I love the dotted accent nails and the bears turned out wonderfully. And I didn't know the history of the name- very interesting!

  9. this is so sweet! i'm gonna try this on my daughter :)

  10. LOL! I now know what a bear looks like! I was trying to create a bear but always ending up having a pig. Thank you! :)

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