newspaper nails

I’m not normally one to do my nails all the time. In fact, I don’t particularly like my hands and I think they’re weird looking. And I’m okay with that! Give me clear or nude colored nail polish and I’m perfectly happy. Last fall, I decided since I have a job where I dress up, that maybe I should try doing my nails a more “mature color”. Upon finding some old brown nail polish, I painted my nails! But there were two problems, a) the nail polish chipped too easily and b) my nail beds were turning yellow. WHAT? I was so disgusted and since the polish kept chipping, I just had to keep repainting my nails.
So I’ve been living with yellow nails and I cut them short whenever I can in hopes that the yellow will grow out soon. But until that day comes, I try and keep my nails painted so no one thinks I’m dying or something.
I came across a fun DIY nail project and I thought I’d give it a try! I mean, what a perfect thing to do on a cold snowy day!

What you’ll need is:
-an old newspaper
-rubbing alcohol
-a container or bowl big enough to soak your nail in
-white, light pink, or purple or blue nail polish. basically light nail polish

note! if you have old nail polish on, go ahead and take it off using nail polish remover :)

Step one:
Paint your nails with one light coat of the color of your choice. Let dry! Paint a second coat so you have a nice even tone. Let dry again.

Step Two:
Cut your newspaper into 10 pieces. They should be bigger than your nail.

Step Three:
Soak your finger in the rubbing alcohol for about 20 seconds, making sure your finger is nice and wet.

Step four:
Place piece of newspaper on your nail. Hold for 30 seconds then take off.
note! I recommend only doing one at a time. If you leave it on for two long, it can pull off some of your nail polish.

Step five:
After you’ve done all of your nails, carefully go over them with clear nail polish to make sure everything stays.

and volia! Newspaper nails!

My right hand actually looked better than my left but it was hard to take a picture of my right hand, haha.

This is something fun you can do while you’re watching a movie or listening to music, since you have to wait a little bit when painting the nails :)
I got this idea from here! Enjoy :)



Filed under DIY, how to, nails, winter

24 responses to “newspaper nails

  1. Van

    The result here is really cool! I will try this sometime. This would be really fun to wear to a blogging/writing convention of some kind :) Great for word lovers.

  2. This is SUCH a cool idea. I’m going to try it soon ;)

  3. Oooh! I love this! Clever and can define so much about a person, especially if they love to read or write.

  4. Great idea, I’m definitely going to do this!

  5. this is THE coolest thing i’ve seen since yesterday. i’m absolutely going to try it this week.

  6. Dee

    Oh my goodness! That is soooo cool! I must try this!

  7. Tal

    Great post! Will be definitely trying this myself.

    As to your yellow nails, you may want to try a base coat before you put a colour on top, as this will protect your nail from discolouration.

    Talitha xx

  8. Ivana

    i did them just now!
    i absolutly love, but next time… i have to wait until my nails are FULLY done drying, i wanted to try it so bad my nails were still a little damp, but theres always next time!
    my friends had there nails like this and i asked how they did it, but they never told me, this website helped me ALOT! thanks!

  9. Irene

    They came out wonderful, thanks for putting this up. I used different colors of nail polish (light green, light pink, and white) and it looks SO COOL. One of my fingers are rainbow colored.

  10. maris

    it totally worked! i love it! it look so…so…AMAZING! thank you :D

  11. Angel

    I did this and didn’t use newspaper I just used regular paper with print on it.

  12. Juju

    I have found that it works better with voldka for some reason. Rubbing alcohol comes out a little faded like the picture

  13. Brianna

    OMG I love this style it is so cool i am definately going to try it thatnk oyu sooooooooooo much for posing this

  14. Madison

    Using light grey makes it look really cool. Btw, don’t press on your nail while the newspaper is on there

  15. Anna

    I tried this and LOVED the effect, but after a day my nails chipped really really badly. I redid them with a different base coat thinking mine was old and bad, but it happened again. Any suggestions on what to do? Should I try a different polish or top coat?

  16. nela

    it doesn’t work on my nails

  17. Bob

    I’m Soo Gonna Try This!! But I Don’t Have Any Rubbing Alchohol cant i use something else?

    • jerry

      If your nail polish chips try LA Colors, I bought some & it was on my toes 4 weeks no chipping, 1 base coat 2 coats polish, 1 top coat. I’m gona try this newspaper.ThankYou_

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