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Easy Newsprint Manicure

I’m so excited to share this tutorial for an Easy Newsprint Manicure.

I’ve never been one that has had long, beautiful, natural nails. Before children I would indulge in acrylic nails, but since children I haven’t even done that. I found that it was too easy to accidentally scratch the children during normal daily activities such as changing diapers and dressing them, so for the last seven years or so, I’ve had to deal with ugly, brittle nails.

Skip the trip to the nail salon and do this easy newsprint manicure at home.But recently, there have been a turn of events and some how some way, my nails are miraculously growing strong and healthy! I’m not sure what has happened to promote this change, but I’m absolutely lovin’ it and not complainin’ one bit!

Skip the trip to the nail salon and do this easy newsprint manicure at home.While stumbling one evening, I found this tutorial for a unique Newsprint Manicure and I wanted to give it a try. So my daughter and I sat down and spent some quality time together doing our own easy newsprint manicures! It was a bit of trial and error with the newspaper part, but once we figured out how long to keep the newspaper on the nail, all was well!

Before you get to paintin’, you should cut your newspaper strips so they are ready as soon as your nails dry. Cut a few extra just in case! The strips of newspaper need to be long enough to wrap around your nail. The first few nails are the trickiest because you’ll learn as you go. You’ll need to choose a nail color that isn’t too dark and one that is non-shimmer. I chose an extremely light pink color, so light it almost looks white. I wanted something neutral so it would match anything. Once you’ve chosen your nail color, apply two coats.

Skip the trip to the nail salon and do this easy newsprint manicure at home.Let your nails dry completely. If you have not already filled a small bowl with isopropyl alcohol, now is the time. You can also use vodka or other clear distilled spirits, but the alcohol worked just fine for me.

Dip your nail into the alcohol (or whatever you’ve chosen to use) and place the strip of newspaper over the top of your nail with the print side down. I found that the print transferred better when I used a little pressure to make sure the strip was touching the whole surface of the nail. Leave the newspaper on the nail for a few seconds, making sure the strip does not move to prevent smearing. It should look like this when you’re done.

Easy Newsprint Manicure

Skip the trip to the nail salon and do this easy newsprint manicure at home.Once you’ve done all your nails, apply a top coat to seal and add a nice shine! This easy newsprint manicure is incredibly easy and will get many compliments.

Skip the trip to the nail salon and do this easy newsprint manicure at home.

So, what do you think?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Wow this looks so easy and so cute, need to get some top coat then I will be trying this out. Thanks for sharing

  2. 2

    that is really cool

  3. 3

    Very cool Crystal, now I need to get my nails a bit longer.

  4. 5

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 6

    how fun!!

  6. 7

    I would have never thought of doing this… how cool!

  7. 8

    the tween is going to love this! thanks for sharing

  8. 9

    What a cute idea!

  9. 10

    Oh that’s really neat! I’ll have to show my sister-in-law, she’s a teen and would love this!

  10. 11

    It turned out great! Thanks for linking up to my tutorial 🙂

  11. 12

    I think that is SO cool. I wish my nails would grow long enough to do anything to them. They are so thin and peal that I can’t get them to any length at all.
    I love the way your nails look and I bet you and Taylor had a great mother/daughter time.

  12. 13

    How cool! And I came across it while stumbling 🙂 I love this idea, I’m going to try it.

  13. 14

    Wow this looks awesome!! Just wondering, is there any other things you can use instead of alcohol? I’m underage and i’m pretty sure my parents wouldn’t want me using their stuff… 🙂

  14. 16
    Katie Floyd says:

    I wonder if pictures in the newspaper could work too..? this is an amazing idea!

  15. 17

    This is fabulous! I would be all over doing this, expect that my OCD would never let accept the fact that the letters are backwards. It looks so cool though!

  16. 18

    Oh that is too cute!! Wish I had long nails to pull that off!

  17. 19

    I LOVE it!!! This looks wayy easier than the jamberry nails we did a couple weeks ago.

  18. 20

    Cute!! I can’t wait to see what my 13 year old thinks about this.

  19. 21

    Going to give it a shot! 🙂 Looks cool.

  20. 22

    Wow…this looks amazing.. and the best part is that it is a super easy nail art! thanks alot for sharing… I will try this today…for sure! 🙂

  21. 23

    What a neat idea! I’ll have to give it a try.

  22. 24

    I saw this on pinterest a few weeks ago and I just love the idea! I’m glad to see it isn’t very hard, need to try it!

  23. 25

    This is sooo cool!! I will try this 🙂

  24. 26

    Cute. Im gonna try it with the comics!

  25. 27

    Love this idea Chrystal!!!! Thanks for the ‘tip’! Such a cute idea for a PR person or author’s nails!

  26. 28

    Too fun! They turned out great! I so want to try this. Of course my nails are like half the size of yours – I think I need more calcium in my diet 🙂

  27. 29

    So cute! I think I might have to show this to my daughter Hailey. She is obsessed with painting her nails.

  28. 30

    What a cute idea!

  29. 31

    I love this idea. Recycling things around the house to help you feel beautiful! xo!

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