Newspaper Nails

Who on earth says newspapers are just for reading? Think again. You can use them on your nails also. It is super easy, good for beginners aswell, and uses simple household items.

What you need :

  • Base coat ( OPI Natural Nail )
  • Light nail polish ( OPI Elephantastic Pink )
  • Top Coat ( Sally Hansen )
  • Old newspaper.
  • Rubbing Alcohol ( 70% )
  • Remover and Cotton Swabs
  • Scissors

Here is how I did it. Also, you are going to want to do this on a surface you don’t mind getting stuff on. Between using nail polish, remover, and rubbing alcohol, you don’t want to ruin anything.

  1. Apply a good base coat. I used the OPI Natural Nail strengthener. I am currently in the process of growing out my nails, and this helps to keep them nice and healthy, promoting growth.
  2. Choose a light-colored polish. Any light to medium pink, green, blue , yellow, white etc. will work. The ink won’t show up on colors like black, red, dark gray, navy blue or anything like that. I chose OPI Elephantastic Pink, a light pink coral color. This worked perfectly.
  3. Use a good, fast dry top coat. I do this step before and after the ink transfer for this reason. Sometimes, the ink won’t transfer correctly, straight, or fully. Everyone makes mistakes and this step will make sure that you can easily correct them if you do.
  4. Let your nails completely dry. This step is critical in the process, because if you do the following steps with wet nails it will ruin the polish underneath. Allow a few hours or overnight of drying time before transferring the ink.
  5. Cut the newspaper into small squares. Taking your scissors, cut out squares that are larger than the surface of your nail. Make sure that what you’re cutting out has equal sized writing on it.
  6. Transfer the ink. For this step, you want to carefully pour the rubbing alcohol into a small container, or lid. Dip your dry nail into the rubbing alcohol for 10 seconds, then firmly press the newspaper strip onto your nail. Be sure not to move it around , so you don’t smudge it. Hold it on your nail for around 20 seconds, and then carefully peel it off.Repeat on the 9 other nails.
  7. Clean up edges. Use a q tip and some nail polish remover to clean up any edges.
  8. Apply a top coat, again. Simple enough.
  9. Enjoy!




  1. says

    I want to send this to my 16 year old daughter, because I think she’ll love this! What a great idea! I just noticed that it doesn’t say about when/how to remove the newspaper from the nails, between steps 6 and 7. I’m sorry if it seems obvious but I don’t know much about this sort of thing. Could you share about that?

    Thank you so much!

  2. kay says

    Natalia- it says leave on 20 secs then carefully peel . Not the best instructions but they are instructions… Lol


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