Friday, July 15, 2011

Newspaper Nails

Newspaper nails are an easy way to give your nails an interesting look, without much effort.

Doing newspaper nails is extremely simple. Listed below are the supplies you will need. You will need nail polish remover, a light colored nail polish, a top coat, small glass/shot glass, rubbing alcohol, and small pieces of newspaper.
Begin first by cutting your  newspaper into small squares. I choose to cut my pieces into 2-3 inch squares for more control over the paper. Than apply a light colored nail polish. Sticking in the pastel color range will show the newspaper print better. I chose NYC Quick Dry nail polish, in the color - Sidewalkers. Its important the the nails are completely dry before going on to any further steps. This nail polish worked great because it drys within minutes so there was little wait. After nails are dry pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into your glass, just enough that it will soak your finger tips. Place your finger in the rubbing alcohol for about 5 seconds. Having the newspaper ready pull your finger out of the glass and quickly apply the newspaper to the wet nail. Hold the newspaper steady and press evenly on all sides of the nail. Keep newspaper on your nail for about 10-15 seconds and slowly peel off. The imprint of the newspaper should remain on your nail. Continue for remaining nails. The newspaper ink may also transfer onto your skin around your nails, so you may need to take a q-tip and nail polish remover to remove the excess print from around your nail. Make sure all nails are completely dry, which may take up to 10 minutes. It is better to be safe then sorry with this waiting period. Apply a top coat. If you don't wait long enough the newspaper print will smear and you will have to start again, so give enough drying time. Let me know what you think! Will you try the funnies or a cross word puzzle print? Show me on Facebook!

For a visual watch my YouTube tutorial on how to do newspaper nails.


  1. I LOVE this technique, I did something similar here;

    Did you know it works with laser printouts?

    I love your work, I'm a new nail blogger too!

  2. Thanks thumbnailsandpolish! I actually didn't know it works with laser printouts, but I'm glad to know. This has just sparked a whole bunch of new ideas!