DIY: Newspaper Nails

Hi Everyone, 

So i’ve decided to make Monday the “Nail Day” on my blog. Therefore every Monday, I will show you what nail polish I am rocking that week. If i’ve got any nail art on, I will also share the how-to with you. 

Today i’m rocking newspaper nails which look really fancy but trust me, it is really easy to achieve. It’s another nail art i found during my usual interweb up-turn.  I have worn this design on my nails before and I posted a photo on my Instagram. A number of people were quite curious as to how I had achieved the look. 

Here’s what you need:

  • Nail Polish remover
  • Base Coat & Top Coat (I used NYC’s Grand Central Station)
  • Base Colour – Any Light Coloured Nail Polish (I used Essie’s Chinchilly)
  • Newspaper cut up into 10 little squares big enough to fit on your nails
  • Methylated Spirit/ Alcohol (Vodka works very well but it works better in my glass 🙂 )
  • Qtips to clean your edges  


  • Wipe off any old nail polish from your nails
  • Prep your nails by filing and buffing them so that you have a smooth surface to work on
  • Paint your nails with your base coat 

  • Apply two coats of your base colour.  It can be a light pink, blue, nude, grey or even white colour (Tip: Turn off your a/c or fan when you are painting your nails, this helps the polish apply better and prevents air bubbles from forming on the surface)
  • Let your nail polish dry completely. This is very crucial. I let mine dry for about an hour
Chinchilly is such a lovely colour to wear on its own sans any art

  • Pour your methylated spirit/ alcohol into a small bowl/dish. Dip one of your newspaper squares into it to wet it. Be careful not to let your nails come in contact with the spirit as it will smudge
  • Carefully place the newspaper square on your nail and hold it firmly in place for a few seconds. You will have to be really careful here as the newspaper tends to slip, thus smudging the ink on your nails, that’s no good
  • Press it down for a few seconds and then gently peel off the newspaper
  • Do the same for every nail
  • Finish off your nail art with your favourite topcoat as usual for shine and protection
  • Clean off any excess polish from around your cuticles with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover
  • Rock your fancy nails 🙂 

I told you it was really easy, you will have people thinking you’ve just had a really expensive nail salon appointment 🙂 

Have fun with it! 

Peace and Love,



    • July 30, 2012 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you cousin 🙂

  1. Anonymous
    July 30, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    Omg…I've never seen newspaper nails before. And to think its easy peasy…I shall attempt. :D. Loving the look babe.

  2. July 30, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    Thanks love, enjoy your nails 😀

  3. NurseBettyBoo
    July 30, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Yaaayyy! I can comment at last! I'll let you know when I'm patient enough to try it. Yours look so amazing!!

    • July 30, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      Yayy! Thanks baby :*

  4. Anonymous
    July 30, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    Newspaper nails????TOO AWESOME!!As if the nails weren't fab enough, you thought hmmmm…i should add my pretty torquoise ring for more 'gbish gbish', i see what you did there boo, laveeetttt!!

    your fervent stalker

    • July 30, 2012 / 8:01 pm

      Dear stalker, thank you! 🙂

  5. nene dinwoke
    July 30, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    Yewinde!! Simply fantastic!..these are to die for.I'll definitely copy *wink*

    • July 30, 2012 / 11:35 pm

      Thanks mi love! I hope you try it out 🙂

    • August 1, 2012 / 5:40 pm

      Hiya, thank you :).. will do..xx

    • August 2, 2012 / 4:08 am

      Thank you! I hope you try them out 😀

    • August 2, 2012 / 9:43 am

      🙂 Following your blog btw, very nice..xx

  6. August 7, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    I love nail art and I'm surprised I've never seen this before!! I'm already rummaging around for some newspaper… will magazine clippings work?
    going to do this today!

    great blog!

    • August 7, 2012 / 4:56 pm

      Hiya, thank you..I don't think magazine clippings will work as they are glossy, I'd say stick to good old newspaper 😀

      However I've heard you can be adventurous and use cut outs of the cartoon section in newspapers for example..Have fun with it..x

  7. helen
    August 7, 2012 / 11:47 pm

    love it!!!, looks really classy, definitely trying it 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    August 14, 2012 / 11:59 am

    NEWSPAPER NAILS. hmmmmm. creative, creative. i am definitely trying this out.

    Thank you Yewande

    • August 14, 2012 / 12:23 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

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