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Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Custom Designs

Learn the step-by-step process on how to make custom design patterns on Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). We have tutorials on how to make ground patterns such as paths and flower patches. You can also see the top custom design patterns from users all around the world here!

Must-See Dream Addresses

Most of these wonderful islands made by players online display brilliant use of custom designs and items, so make sure you check them out!

Inspirational Dream Towns
ACNH - Top Dream TownsTop Dream Addresses and Dream Towns
ACNH - Japanese-Themed Dream TownsJapanese-Themed ACNH - Europe-Themed Dream TownsEuropean-Themed
ACNH - Horror-Themed Dream TownsHorror-Themed ACNH - Horror-Themed Dream TownsNature-Themed

Custom Design Guides

We have guides for custom designs that you can use as paths and more! Check out their individual pages to learn more!

How to Make Custom Designs
ACNH - Custom Fireworks InstructionsHow to Make Custom Fireworks Designs ACNH - Custom Wooden Path InstructionsHow to Make Wooden Paths
ACNH - Custom Brick Path InstructionsHow to Make Brick Paths ACNH - Custom Platform InstructionsHow to Make Platforms
ACNH - Custom Dirt Path InstructionsHow to Make Dirt Paths | The Path ACNH - Custom Tatami InstructionsHow to Make Tatami Mats
ACNH - Custom Seashells InstructionsHow to Make Seashell Paths ACNH - Custom Sweets InstructionsHow to Make Sweets Floor Designs
ACNH - Custom Flowerbed InstructionsHow to Make Flowerbeds ACNH - Custom Flower Patch InstructionsHow to Make Flower Patches
ACNH - Custom Tiles InstructionsHow to Make Tile Patterns ACNH - Custom Stepping Stones InstructionsHow to Make Stepping Stones
ACNH - Custom Large Stone Tiles InstructionsHow to Make Large Stone Tiles and Slabs

Steps to Make Custom Design Patterns

1 Open the app on your NookPhone.
2 Select a slot to save your design to.
3 Use the Custom Designs Editor to start drawing.
4 Add a name, and the design is complete!

1. Open the app on your NookPhone

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You can create custom designs using the Custom Designs app on your NookPhone. This app is available from the start of the game.

2. Select a slot to save your design to

The design will look better if you specifically create it for an item: is it for a shirt, or face paint?

Top Face Paint Canvas Floor*
Preview - Top.png Preview - Face Paint.png Preview - Canvas.png floor preview.png

You can preview what it looks like on the specific item by selecting Swap Preview on the toolbar.

If you use the Custom Design Pro Editor, you will select a type of clothing to create a design for.

*Floor preview added on the ver 1.4.0 update.

3. Use the Custom Designs Editor to start drawing

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Use the available tools on the editor to start creating your design!

How to Use the Custom Design Pro Editor

What Can You Do with Custom Designs?

Wear as Face Paint

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For the first time in the Animal Crossing series, you can wear a custom design as face paint. The design's canvas will be distributed to the character's forehead and cheeks.

You can even do facial features such as eyebrows, beauty marks, and freckles.
How to Use and Erase Face Paint

Put on Display

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You can put your designs on display as a painting or put it over a mannequin for others to see!

Display on the Ground

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You can display your designs on the ground, which can be used as a ground pattern, or even use it as a path after unlocking the Island Designer app.

Inside your house, you can spread it in the room as a flooring or lay it down as a tile mat.

On Walls

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On the walls of your house, you can spread your design as a wallpaper, or you can display it on a canvas or on a hanger as a shirt.

Share Custom Designs Online

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You can share custom designs online after unlocking the Able Sisters tailor shop.

You can also save other players' custom designs, as well as designs from previous Animal Crossing games by scanning QR codes. Check out our guide to learn more.
Custom Designs Portal - How to Share Custom Designs Online

Top Custom Designs Patterns

Check out our hand-picked custom design patters submitted by other users. Get the chance to have yours featured too!

List of Custom Designs
ACNH - Custom Designs - ClothesClothes and Accesories ACNH - Custom Designs - Face PaintFace Paint
ACNH - Custom Designs - Ground and PathsPaths, Floors and Ground ACNH - Custom Designs - SignsSigns and Decorations

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2 Emilia3 months

Theres a couple I use on etsy. I recommend this one. Shes pretty good at portraits and such. She did a really cute one of my daughter.

1 Anonymous7 months

just visit AnimalCrossingCustomDesign

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