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School-Theme Nail Designs That Make Us Want to Hit the Books

If you've just started another new school year, get yourself in the spirit with one of these 12 school-theme nail designs. From apples to graduation caps, these fun mani ideas from our favorite nail bloggers are sure to make you look like a class act!

Calculator Nails

Calculator Nails

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According to our calculations, this school-theme nail design should get you tons of compliments. All you need to re-create this nail look from Toxic Vanity are green Sally Hansen HD polish and a black nail art pen.

Photo: Toxic Vanity

Calculus Nails

Calculus Nails

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Nail Nerd's mathematical mani puts a new spin on the term graphic nail art! This quirky calculus nail design is a great way to celebrate a new school year, and it will look lovely from angles.

Photo: Nail Nerd

School Spirit Nails

School Spirit Nails

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Copy this cheerful school-spirit nail design using your own school's colors! The look just requires two colors (more if you want) and a small detailing brush. Click here for the full tutorial.

Apple Nails

Apple Nails

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If you're always the teacher's pet, this delicious red mani from Steffels is just for you. Grab some beige, red, brown, green and white polishes, and get going. It may take a bit of concentration, but as any good student knows, hard work pays off!

Photo: Steffels

Crayola Nails

Crayola Nails

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Nothing summons up back-to-school nostalgia like a fresh box of crayons. Re-create this grade school-theme nail design from Copy Cat Claws with polishes in your favorite shades and a black nail art pen to make Crayola's signature squiggle. You can even add a yellow-and-green nail inspired by the brand's box!

Photo: Look At Her Nails

Graduation Nails

Graduation Nails

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If it's your graduation year, copy this fun floral graduation mani from Look At Her Nails. Painting a mortarboard and your grad year with some girly accents is a cute way to celebrate your last new school year!

Photo: Look At Her Nails

School Bus Nails

School Bus Nails

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Even if you don't ride everyone's favorite mode of transportation to school, an accent nail or two with a big yellow bus is a cheerful way to bring on the new year. Copy this look from MissJJan by painting a yellow stripe across two light blue nails and adding black details with simple shapes and lines.

Photo: MissJJan

Ruler Nails

Ruler Nails

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Rule your school with this measuring-tool mani from Sincerely Stephanie Nails. All you need are yellow nail polish, a black nail art pen, and a clear top coat to seal the design. Grab a measuring tape or a real ruler as a guide if you're concerned about accuracy.

Photo: Sincerely Stephanie Nails

Chalkboard Nails

Chalkboard Nails

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Luster Lacquer created this school-theme nail design using a black base coat with pastel polishes and a matte top coat to get an authentic chalkboard look. Top it off with one glossy apple-accent nail to really drive home the theme.

Photo: Luster Lacquer

Letter Learning Nails

Letter Learning Nails

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The best part of this manicure from The Daily Nail is that if your ABCs turn out a little shaky, it will look all the more authentic! Use a white base coat and light blue, pink and black polishes with a fine-tipped nail art brush to copy the look.

Photo: The Daily Nail

Pencil Nails

Pencil Nails

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You'll have the number-one nail art with this No. 2 pencil-inspired manicure! First paint a yellow stripe with orange shadow accents, then add metallic silver and, finally, eraser-pink polish stripes to complete this back-to-school nail design from The Daily Nail.

Photo: The Daily Nail

Back-to-School Nails

Back-to-School Nails

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Take a page from Fairly Charming's book, and combine your five favorite back-to-school-theme nail designs into one major mani. We can't blame you for not being able to choose!

Photo: Fairly Charming

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