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>How-To: Newsprint Manicure

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I saw this newsprint manicure over on The Daily Nail and thought it was adorable (especially for bookworms and word lovers like myself). I did a little Google detective work to see how to recreate it, and was surprised at how easy it is! All of the tutorials I found called for vodka or other clear distilled spirits, but we were fresh out. I used isopropyl alcohol instead, and it seemed to get the job done. I tried a quick and dirty version this afternoon to share it with you:
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  30. Reblogged this on Little talks and commented:
    I have never been good at nails. The last time I tried to do them, it took me four hours and an entire bottle of acetone (which is nail polish remover for our male friends). But I came across this post earlier, and think it might actually be something I’ll try. Wish me luck!

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  31. Arwen Rose says

    It would show up better if you put on a coat of white nail polish. I’ve tried it like that before and it looks muh better :)

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  32. This is a really good idea! I just wish I wasnt so hard on my nails. If it’s not gel nails, I can’t fool with it. Regular nail polish comes off in a matter of hours with me and my two kids LOL. I still will try it out though!

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  35. Suzie says

    I have been doing this for years,paint your nails white first,Once dry..place the news paper on your nail then dip Q -tip in the rubbing alcohol then put in on top of the news paper it will come out darker. also cartoons newspaper work really well too…

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  38. Becca says

    Truthly, I think it looks better putting white under the newsprint words. It’s easier to see

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  42. faar23 says

    my nails turned out really nice. thanks for posting this! :)

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  45. Kearsten says

    I just did this, it was super easy. I made a few mistakes by smearing the print when I put a clear coat over to complete the look but overall, I love it!

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  46. Joy says

    I am outraged! I used isopropyl alcohol and this did not work for me at all. After several unsucessful tries, I managed to get ONE NAIL CORRECT. I used several different articles of newspaper.

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  49. Anonymous says

    i tryed it and it looks reallly good!!!!!!! thanks for the great idea!!!

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  50. Anonymous says

    Love this idea!
    Don’t know about everyone else, but I’m pretty intrigued by your ring! :P

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  51. achang says

    thanks so much for this!!!! it looks super cool and works perfectly!!

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  52. Anna :) says

    Found this on Stumbleupon, too…oh my GOSH it looks absolutely fantastic. Mine chipped and warped a little bit (that’s probably because I used old, cheap nail polish), but with that, it adds a faded, old-book feel to it. Hard to explain, but it looks fabulous. I did it on my fingers in a pinkish beige, and on my sister’s toes in a light coral-y nude. It looks fantastic! Thinking about doing a white base coat and transferring comic strips onto it… even if it were to be too big, it would add a pop-arty flair to it. Thank you SO much for making my nails look fantastic!

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  53. Squidward says

    GET THAT AWAY FROM ME! YOU KNOW I’M ALLERGIC TO NEWSPRINT!

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  54. Anonymous says

    I StumbledUpon this and did it right then and there… and it worked!! What an awesome idea using things I already had around the house!

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  55. Anonymous says

    I love this so much. I tried it recently and recieved so many compliments but it really depressed me when I had to take it off!

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    • Emenemenemma says

      Try putting the alcohol on after placing the newspaper on your fingernail. Kind of like water on a temporary tattoo.

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      • Anna :) says

        Good idea! I’ll have to try that next time…mine got all warpedy.

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  57. Anonymous says

    that is really amazing , i tried it and it was really nice >>>> i even translated the post to a different language and i posted it in another website so my friends could do it ( of course i gave you all the credit and i posted a link to your original post) …. thanks .. i really love it …:)

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  58. This is so cool! It looks best if you use the answers to crosswords I think. I like it better than words. Be sure to let the paint dry COMPLETELY before you put on the newspaper, and don’t press too hard. Good luck!

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  59. Wow,that is a hoot! I love books and words,too. Must try that!
    I write a fashion blog and did a posting on crackle manicures. If you haven’t heard of it or tried it,check out my post at http://lovesgrbaseball-fabulousfashionista.blogspot.com
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  60. MOMalley says

    I just did this and it worked really well, looks really cool! How creative!

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  63. Anonymous says

    haha! The background floral print is from Pier 1! Probably the table runner.

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  65. mushkiloves says

    THIS IS AWESOME! I am so going to do this! LOVE IT!

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  66. This is such a cool idea! I want to try it. Do you mind if i reblog it? i’m new to wordpress, so i ddin’t know if it ws ok or not. I just wanted to ask you first. :)

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  67. Anonymous says

    I dont get what is so amazing about having backwards words on your nails? Looks like u ruined a manicure by leaning on a newspaper. That looks HORRIBLE…why would anyone do that?? Looks trashy!

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  69. Anonymous says

    i did it and it was horrible i will never do this again it took so long and the ink residue got everywhere on my skin, yet the ink hardly showed up on my nails. yeah, it’s “creative” and looks cool but it definitely wasn’t worth it.

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  70. landon says

    I think it would look better if you put the newspaper strips on vertically. It would elongate the nail and look better as well.

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  71. amazing idea , really . the first minute i saw it isaid i need to do it now . well , i though of which words could i put , i decided to take some lyrics of lady gaga’s song – hair , these lyrics mean a lot to me . another thing i did the basic polish white … really thanks a lot for your creativity and everything <3

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  75. Tina Jo says

    I absolutely love my nails! The process is laughably easy and my nails look like a million bucks. I even used some larger text on my thumb, and it looks killer :) I used OPI’s “Getting Acquainted” as my base coat and a quick-dry top coat.

    Also, I was curious, so I reapplied some newsprint to one nail, and the criss-cross pattern of the text looks awesome!

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  77. Anonymous says

    I tried this, and as soon as I put on the top coat, the print smudged all to hell. Never try it. It was a huge waste of my time.

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  80. Victoria says

    I found this via stumbleupon and I just finished my new beautiful nails! This is a very easy DIY gorgeous way to dress up nails! I used Pure Ice- wild thing, a very springy green. Thanks for the post!!

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  81. Anonymous says

    Hey, thanks for the great idea! I just tried it out following your instructions and it turned out perfectly! I can’t wait to show them off! :)

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  82. Nina says

    I tried this and it looks FABULOUS! I LOVE IT! Thank you so much! :]

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  83. Anonymous says

    Absolutely love this! Tried it with a white nail polish as a base coat and it looks stellar!

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  84. Morgan says

    this is so cool!! I was wondering if you can do this on top of like a regular colour nail polish? i think that the pop of colour could be cool

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    • keiralennox says

      Probably! You’d just want something light enough that the newsprint will show on top.

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  85. Belle says

    I found it easier to wet the paper with the rubbing alcohol than to wet your nail.

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  86. Sara says

    love this! does it come off with regular nail polish remover though?

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  87. Funny, as I stumbled this, I was wearing my “Newsie Nails”
    as I like to call them. Found a similar picture for inspiration
    and went for it. Nice tutorial. :)

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    • keiralennox says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that. It’s been a long time since I’ve done this, but I remember that it took quite a bit of patience and some trial and error :)

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    • Jen C says

      It worked really well for me! I tried it with volda. Lots great!

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  88. >I followed this tutorial and I have one tip to add.PUT THE TOP COAT ON QUICKLY!Otherwise you'll get smudges like I did. :( Also, try to pick a newspaper with dark font and a lot of ink. Mine came out really light.

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  89. >This is great! I tried it out and it worked perfectly.. thanks so much for sharing! A couple pictures of my version (and a link to your blog) are on my blog– hope you don't mind! :)<3.Lonisilentmusingsofamind.blogspot.com

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  90. >I did this an it totally worked! Just follow the steps and you a golden. I recommend Essie's "Ballet Slipper Pink" as the nail color it gives the text a really cool soft look

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  91. >How awesome! I don't know if I could do this but might need to try it. Did you come up with this idea on your own? It's so creative!

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  92. >This is a really cute idea and executed wonderfully! I always have such a hard time painting my own nails, but this looks like something I can't completely mess up.Love it!

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  93. >OMGosh! That is so awesome! I will have to try it! I think that I will use the commics. :) Thanks for the idea!!! ~Sammy

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  94. >ha! this is one of the coolest DIYs i've ever seen! love it! and i'm loving your header too–adorable. xoxo, laura

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  95. >I love anything nail-related… This is mind-blowing, fun, and I'm trying it!PS – You are awesome!

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    • Anonymous says

      It works better if you soak the newspaper then place on your nail, instead of soaking your nail. :) Love this!

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