Have You Read Today's Headlines? Newspaper Nails Are So Easy to Do!

by ImGirlYouDontKnow
9 Materials
1 Hour

Nail art is unique and there are literally thousands of ways to make the perfect manicure! One of these unique styles is newspaper nails! It’s different and definitely adds a “wow” factor to your manicure.

Newspaper nail art is pretty simple to do, and in this tutorial, I’ll show you the best way to do a newspaper nail transfer. Let’s get to it!

Tools and materials:

  • Base coat
  • White nail polish
  • Magazine or newspaper
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shallow dish
  • Tweezers
  • Top coat
  • Rhinestones and studs
  • Scissors

1. Paint your nails

Apply a base coat and then paint your nails white.

How to do newspaper nails

2. Cut magazine pieces

Now, take an old magazine and cut about 10 square pieces. As you can see, I cut just enough to fit the whole surface area of my nail. 

DIY newspaper nail art with rubbing alcohol

3. Soak in rubbing alcohol

Pour rubbing alcohol into a small dish or a wide cap. Then, soak each newspaper piece in the solution for around 20-30 seconds. 

Newspaper nail transfer

4. Apply newspaper to nails

Apply the soaked newspaper piece onto your nail and press it with your finger so that the ink transfers through. 

How to make newspaper nail art

Next, slowly remove the paper from the nail. 

DIY newspaper nail art

Repeat this step on all the other nails. 

Cutting out a design from a magazine

For the ring finger, I decided to use something different. I cut out this lovely gray marble background to transfer onto my nail. Remember, newspaper nails don't have to only be with text. 

DIY newspaper nails tutorial

I repeated the same process and look at how stunning it came out. 

Applying a top coat over the newspaper nails

5. Apply a top coat

Next, apply a clear top coat to seal in the newspaper nail designs.

Applying a top coat where you'll add studs

6. Add embellishments (optional)

If you want to make your newspaper nail art fancier, go ahead and add some studs and rhinestones! Simply apply the topcoat to the area where you want to put the embellishments. 

Placing the rhinestones onto the nails

Next, place your rhinestones as shown. Take your time with this step - you want it to look symmetrical. 

Placing studs onto the nails

I placed a few studs on my pinky finger, too. 

Applying a top coat over the embellishments

Lastly, reapply a top coat to both nails, and you’re good to go! 

Newspaper nails

Newspaper nails tutorial

Here are my impressive newspaper nails! I love the result; it’s so different and unique from other nail art, don’t you think?

I hope you enjoyed my DIY newspaper nails tutorial and now you know how easy it is to do a newspaper nail transfer. See you next time!

Suggested materials:
  • Base coat
  • White nail polish
  • Magazine or newspaper
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  • Shirley Jaros Shirley Jaros on Jan 21, 2022

    I thought I would try on top of my finished nail with top coat on and it would not transfer. I suspect it was because I had a top coat on.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 27, 2022

    Where did you say you got your embellishments from?