Newspaper Nails

posted on August 26, 2011 by  |  posted under Fashion, Girls, Summer  |  30 Comments

Newspaper Nails

How many of you ladies out there are just loving Pinterest?

Me, Me! Oh ME! I am constantly finding adorable ideas and delicious recipes. As I was searching for some fashion inspiration, I came across this brilliant nail tutorial. I couldn’t resist giving it a try, and it just so happens.. It looks adorable!

Newspaper Nails


nail file
base coat & top coat
light color nail polish (white or cream works best)
small strips of newspaper
small glass dish

Newspaper Nails

First find a font/style of type on a newspaper you like. Cut small strips out of the news paper that are big enough to cover your nails. Shape and file your nails till they are just the way you like! Paint them with a base and 2 or more coats of color. Let them dry completely.

Newspaper Nails

Once they are dry pour a little bit of alcohol in a small glass dish. One finger at a time, dip your nail in the alcohol for 10-15 seconds.

Newspaper Nails

Quickly grab a piece of newspaper and firmly press it on your nail. You want to do this step fairly fast, if you press it on too long the nail polish will stick to the paper and come off. Roll your finger as you gently pull the news paper off the nail. AMAZING! The text from the paper sticks to your polish. Continue doing each finger until all your nails are covered in text. It might take a few tries to get this down, but once you get the hang of it.. Piece of cake!

Newspaper Nails

To finish off this cute look and make your polish last longer, paint with a top coat.

newspaper nails

*Wanna learn a cool trick to making sure your polish is dry? This is the real deal here! When you’re ready to test your nails and make sure they’re dry: tap two painted nails together, if you feel any “stick” they are not dry. You should get a nice click and smooth touch when you tap two completely dry nails together!

Have fun painting!

Newspaper Nails

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    1. September 13th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
      Kimberly says:
      Love this idea. Trying on my daughter tonight:)
      • September 15th, 2011 at 11:27 am
        Jenn says:

        I'm definitely going to try this soon as well. I do notice that the original tutorial link was in French. The "European" version suggests using vodka as the version of "alcohol" to dip your painted nails in. I wonder if the difference between rubbing alcohol and drinking alcohol (hey, they're French!) might make a difference in the sticky factor? Just a thought...

        Obviously, if you're going to try this with vodka, it might be wise to try it alone or with adult girlfriends before bringing it out at your 9-year-old's birthday party for the premiere. It's all in the supervision I'm sure.

        How fun would this be with using the Sunday comics?

        Thanks very much for the idea - it's sure to be a winner around our house!

        ~ Jenn
    2. September 15th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
      Kelley says:
      That looks fun..... What a cute idea, thanks for sharing!
    3. September 15th, 2011 at 8:55 pm
      Rowejones says:
      I saw this tutorial a few months ago and tried this technique with a transposed wedding monogram that I typed and printed from my computer. This was neat! I couls imagine someone having their wedding party doing this with their mani or pedi.
    4. September 19th, 2011 at 11:47 am
      Vanessa @ The Crafty Nest says:
      So cool!! I would love for you to link this up to my weekly Do Something Crafty party:
    5. October 30th, 2011 at 7:02 am
      chris says:
      Nice idea, did you know you can also do this with photos from magazines ? the glossy ones of course, Careful with the top coat though, don't want to smudge, just make sure the pics are really dry before you apply. x
    6. November 8th, 2011 at 11:37 am
      kara says:
      hey, i am totally going to try this. ill be the first one in my school. thanks.<3
    7. November 20th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
      thelma emily says:
      i just tried this tonight! it works a little better/easier if you dip the strips of newspaper in the alcohol, then on the nail. Firmly press all around the nail for 5 seconds and voila!
    8. November 22nd, 2011 at 7:23 pm
      Mariah says:
      i saw this tutorial. does it work with regular printed words that are printed onto paper. i want to put my friends names.
      • November 26th, 2011 at 8:19 pm
        Shelley says:
        I have no idea! Let us know if it works. That would be awesome!!
    9. December 19th, 2011 at 1:35 am
      kylie says:
      im trying this on my little sister right now <3
    10. December 25th, 2011 at 11:47 pm
      Jess says:
      Does this still work if your nails are black and the font is white? With a dark background of course.
    11. January 10th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
      Cristina says:
      Hi!Very nice idea,but I've tried and not succeeded because the nail polish remains attached to the newspaper :( Why? What can I do?
      Thank you!! :)
    12. February 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 pm
      Sally says:
      Cool Love this idea trying to nite
    13. February 2nd, 2012 at 6:14 pm
      Sally says:
      Can't wait to try it this idea is a great and cute to try!!!! :)
    14. February 10th, 2012 at 4:38 pm
      Athletic Divas says:
      Such a cute idea!!!
    15. March 5th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
      Lindsey says:
      Does this work with books aswell?
      • March 5th, 2012 at 8:34 pm
        Shelley says:
        No, I think this will only work with newsprint. Hope that helps :)
    16. March 18th, 2012 at 11:45 am
      Kristin says:
      I tried this today and most turned out good. I accidentally turned paper slightly but still looks great.
    17. April 24th, 2012 at 3:58 pm
      Erika says:
      This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for the detailed high res pics too. If you want your newspaper nails to stay on super long,try using a gel top coat (like Shellac or Gelish). Mine last almost 3 weeks that way!
    18. April 26th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
      Allie says:
      Does this work if you print something out from your computer?
    19. November 6th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
      K says:
      I did this using a gray polish and it came out much nicer than the white. Very fun thing to do with daughter and her friends.
    20. February 15th, 2013 at 6:30 am
      SanjanaSingh says:
      Oh my! How amazing. Especially your tutorial, it just makes this nail art all the more lovelier. Gonna try it. Thanks!
    21. March 14th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
      Dawn says:
      I'm definitely pinning this one for later! ;) :) For those days when I'll need that extra scholarly feel to my outfit - this looks like just the ticket! Subtle yet powerful - thanks for this Lara! :D
    22. March 14th, 2013 at 6:01 pm
      Treblesounds says:
      Why not try on some of my duplicate sheet music? Going to gove it a try!
    23. July 13th, 2013 at 2:26 pm
      maddie says:
      ha im trying it right now! have camp next week my friends are going to be so jelly.
    24. October 13th, 2013 at 7:54 am
      Perl says:
      Hard to grasp at first but once I did they turned out so good! Find a few seconds works best e.g 5-10 cos 30 left newspaper behind on my nails.
    25. December 29th, 2015 at 7:48 am
      Kavitha says:
      Beautiful and very cute. Should try..
    26. February 5th, 2016 at 6:06 am
      Prestige Kew Gardens says:
      Nice nail arts designs.Should try these..
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