DIY – Newspaper Manicure

Posted On Monday, October 4th, 2010
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime, DIY

While wasting time online I came across an amazing tutorial on YouTube of a newspaper manicure {i can’t remember the channel i saw it on}. The writer in me loved the idea of having words imprinted on my digits.

I was blown away at how simple it was to create a unique look. I’m pretty clumsy but even I was able to pull this look off without any help. And the best part? I had all of the necessary items to create this look, I didn’t have to buy a single thing.

{what you’ll need: light colored polish, topcoat, rubbing alcohol, small bowl, strips of newspaper}

Click more to see the easy steps to create a newspaper manicure.

{apply two coats of your polish. let dry}

{dip your finger in rubbing alcohol, about 5 seconds}

{place a strip of newspaper on your nail. gently press down and hold for about 10 seconds}

{gently remove the paper. repeat for the rest of your nails}

{apply a top coat}

{clean up the edges with a q-tip dipped in nail polish}


I can’t stress how easy this manicure was. I just used random newspaper clippings but if you want specific words on your nail, you can certainly do that.

A few tips:

  • You see how my middle and pinky finger look a bit smudged? That’s what happens when you place the newspaper on your nail and move it while it’s still wet. Unless you want a smudged look {which doesn’t look too bad actually}, don’t move the paper once it’s on your nail.
  • The longer you leave the newspaper on your nails, the more legible the words will be, but…if you leave it on too long, it may stick and pieces of paper will be on your nail. Use trial and error to get the best results.

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  • Amber J.

    Very cute! I’m passing this a long to my BFF; she loves trying new nail looks!

  • tineey

    OMG! i really need to try this!! Too awesome. Gotta love youtube.

  • Tammie

    To cute I’ll try that this weekend

  • IF

    Very creative nails. Thanks for the tip.

  • O So Chic

    What a great idea! I’ll have to try this out.

  • Total Life Prosperity Blog

    Cute idea! I might try this

  • ~L~ of Avid Accents

    i love this! i saw some lace nails on some blog that were also pretty neat. im trying this one today tho!

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  • iamdahlingnikki

    This is uber cute.

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  • NaNa.T

    I love it did you try doing it with a light grey? it looks great!