Friday, July 29, 2011

How to Get Newspaper Nails

Have you seen these 'newspaper nails' around the blogosphere/pinterest? I've been wanting to try this for a few months and finally did the other night! I did some research online and found this video.  

It suggested to use light gray nail polish, but I decided to try it with some other colors. Luckily, my friend Michelle has quite the collection of OPI nail polish, including Stranger Tides (from the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection) and Fiercely Fiona from the Shrek Forever After Brights Collection.

 On each hand I did 4 of the nails Stranger Tides and one accent nail Fiercely Fiona (a different accent nail on each hand because I'm crazy like that).

*Do a few coats of polish and then let them dry completely - if you don't the newspaper will stick in the coming steps!

*Have a small cup of rubbing alcohol and strips of newspaper ready

*After the color completely dries, dip your nail into the rubbing alcohol for a few seconds.

*Take it out and place the newspaper on top of your nail for at least 15 seconds - hold it still!

*After a good 15+ seconds, the newspaper ink should have transferred to your nail. Let it dry then paint a clear topcoat on top (otherwise the ink will rub off). 

Easy, right?

Mine doesn't look perfect but for a first-time try, I'll take it.

If you try it, let me know and I'll link it up on this post!

Happy Friday :)


  1. i'm in love with your nails! i really am! i'm going to bookmark this entry because i think it's awesome.

    by the way... petunia sounds lovely to name an ereader. it seems like you'll have a quirky ereader. i named my alfred cus it had a lot of classic books in it. it just sounded smart and sophisticated like batman's butler. hehehe.

    -robots in trouble

  2. what do they say? I think the personal ads would be really fun. :)

  3. such a cute idea!!! definitely trying this one out, thanks! JB.

  4. They look awesome!!! I've been shying away from trying this because it seemed so complex but your instructions are so simple! I've GOT to try this!!!

  5. Anna and I posted this tutorial a couple of months ago! Definitely one of my favorite tricks. Love the pale colors.

  6. This is gorgeous. Loving the colors too. You should link up to my blog on August 10 for FBFF-I'm hosting a DIY manicure party. Would love to see you there!

  7. Oops..I meant to type August 12. Sorry!

  8. They turned out SO good!
    I heard some people are having a hard time with the transfer but it looks like you didnt have any trouble at all!

  9. Love it! This was next on my list for nails to try, so appreciate the post!


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