13 Incredible Polishing Custom Design Effects You Can Use In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Polishing is a fantastic new feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons added in the Version 2.0 Update, but you can take this new ability to even greater heights using Custom Designs!

What Are Polishing Custom Design Effects?

Introduced with the Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons released in early November, the Polishing feature is a special tool that you can use to apply a variety of special effects to furniture and items in your house.

But the secret that takes this feature to the next level is a somewhat hidden option that wasn’t advertised prior to Happy Home Paradise’s release — you can use Custom Designs with Polishing Effects! This unlocks an unlimited range of possibilities, thanks to the impressive Animal Crossing design community.

Simply select the X Button, referenced in the bottom right of the screen, while selecting an effect using the Polishing feature. The custom design you pick will be used with the animation effect that you had selected when pressing X.

Note that you will need to have progressed far enough into the storyline of Happy Home Paradise to unlock all 14 Polishing effects to access Custom Designs for this feature.

Our Favorite Polishing Custom Design Effects

In the section below, you can find 13 of our favorite ideas we’ve seen so far for how you can use Custom Designs with the Polishing effects for amazing results in your Animal Crossing: New Horizons home!

Note that custom designs are simply applied on top of the 14 different effect animation types that are built into the game. You may want to experiment with using these custom designs on different effect types to get your desired outcome.

Flying Money Dollar Bills

With this effect, you can create flying dollar bills in the air around a piece of furniture — perfect for use with items like the Aluminum Briefcase, Pile of Cash, and Money Flooring! Use this custom design with the code MA-5102-0691-7155 and it was created by @_almabe_.

Flying Bats

Using this effect, you can experience spooky bats flying in your home — perfect for use with Spooky Set items for Halloween! Use this custom design with the code MA-5102-0691-7155 and it was created by @_almabe_.

Flying Blackbirds

Using this effect, you can enjoy spooky blackbirds flying around your home — perfect for use with spooky items like the Decayed Tree! Use this custom design with the code RA-5854-9374-1103 (Happy Home Network) and it was created by @doom_mori.

Flying Ghosts

Using this effect, you can summon spooky ghosts haunting your furniture items — perfect for use with the other spooky designs in this article! Use this custom design with the code RA-5854-9374-1103 (Happy Home Network) and it was created by @doom_mori.

Wisp

Using this effect, you can bring the haunting Wisp ghost character into your home — perfect for use with any scary Halloween items! Use this custom design with the code MA-5914-8714-1760 and it was created by @gen_vii.

Flying Dragons

Using this effect, you can enjoy beautiful dragons flying around your home! Use this custom design with the code MA-6006-3763-3940 and it was created by @draganima.

Bubbles

Using these effect, you can add cute little bubbles — perfect for a room with an underwater theme! Here’s two different options to use:

  • Use this custom design with the code MA-5866-8587-6519 and it was created by johnnysweetlips.
  • Use this custom design with the code MA-6425-1459-1951 and it was created by bobbah.

Music Notes

Using this effect, you can add elegant music notes to items in your rooms — perfect for any musical instrument furniture! Use this custom design with the code MA-5866-8587-6519 and it was created by johnnysweetlips.

Soot Sprites (Spirited Away)

Found a cute way to use the polishing effect. Soot spirits lingering around the house! from AnimalCrossing

Using this effect, you can experience Soot Sprites from the film Spirited Away in your home! Use this custom design with the code MA-3592-4508-6917 and it was created by Taro_milktea.

Cherry Blossoms

Using this effect, you can add floating cherry blossom petals to your house — perfect for use with Cherry Blossom Set furniture! Use this custom design with the code MA-3048-0463-3991 and it was created by @Natoo_nebaneba.

Villager Icons

Thanks to the custom polish effects and my villager portraits, I can now curse this bath to be haunted by Sherb from AnimalCrossing

There are plenty of possibilities for using the faces of your villagers with polishing effects, like the haunting example of Sherb seen above!

Many different options are out there for villager icons, but one option we recommend is the vast collections found at the codes MA-8501-1535-1176, MA-3130-4472-4937, and MA-2686-4807-6465 created by Taro_milktea.

Fire

this is fine. from AnimalCrossing

Using this effect, you can set fire to furniture items ensuing total chaos in your house! Use this custom design with the code MO-VKPT-1NLP-954N and it was created by dblrynbw.

Smoke

Using this effect, you can create a smoke environment in a house — perfect for use with items that have a spout at the top, like the Whistloid! There’s already a similar default Steamshine effect, but this pattern makes it a look a bit more intense so to speak. Use this custom design with the code MA-5914-8714-1760 and it was created by @gen_vii.


That concludes our initial listing of great Custom Designs for Polishing effects in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that we could find so far, but we’d love to see even more! Let us know in the comments below with a link if you create any yourself that you’re proud of, or happen to find online from others.

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. Our most popular pages include Version 2.0 Summary9000+ Items Datamine16 New VillagersGyroidsKapp’n IslandsCooking RecipesHappy Home Paradise DLCSeries 5 Amiibo CardsMushroom DIY RecipesNew November CrittersRedd Art, and Sea Creatures.

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