Newspaper nails for literary hands #Fashion DIY#literature theme#nails#superficial snack November 17 | Catherine Clark enidjcoleslaw Image courtesy of wikihow.com Whether you're having a bookish wedding or not, the newspaper nail trend is bang on. Some brides incorporate a meaningful book or text via their bouquet or a ring book, but you can put the words you love right on your nails! Check out the tutorial on how to make this look last. Use a clear basecoat. Paint your nails using a light color like white or gray. Dip your nails in rubbing alcohol for 5 seconds. Press the newspaper or page to your nail for a few seconds and then peel off slowly. Add a clear topcoat to prevent the words from rubbing off. WIN Rumor has it that you can use plain water if you don't want to use rubbing alcohol. Youtube user CutePolish even has a video to make this tutorial a no-brainer: If you end up trying this (or already have), let us know in the comments. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor + Project Wrangler and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video games and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, and cuddles with her feline fur baby. @enidjcoleslaw @whimsycatt PREVIOUS 3 ways to hack your IKEA cake server NEXT Kisså & Todd's morning garden party wedding Toggle comments [ 25 ] You can do this with any print, works especially well with images printed on an inkjet printer. I prefer to soak the paper and place it on my nail rather than soaking my nails. 3 agree Reply Ooooh then you could have colors! I'm in. 1 agrees Reply If you printed your own designs, you could mirror the words/image so it comes out the right way! 3 agree Reply OMG This is awesome! I love this idea, absolutely bookmarking it and using it for my holiday pictures! 2 agree Reply OH I have done this before for banned book week <3 I have done it the above way, and i have also put actual paper on the nails (like a fake nail) and that works too, the clear polish hardens the paper. 4 agree Reply OMG banned book week! I never thought of that and it's so perfect. 3 agree Reply What a cute idea! 1 agrees Reply also, totally digging the grey nail polish. 2 agree Reply I was just tweeted a link to this and LOVE IT!!! What a wickedly wonderful idea. You could even use an old newspaper from the year you got engaged!! Gorgeous find 2 agree Reply Love love love it!!! 1 agrees Reply I also found this on Pinterest (oh how I loooove Pinterest) and tried it right away. It does indeed work, and it looks awesome. However, I found that I had to let the nail polish dry COMPLETELY (as in, overnight) before doing the rubbing alcohol and newsprint step and the topcoat. The first time I tried to rush it, and the polish got all gloppy and then pulling the newsprint off it made it smeary. But once I used patience, my nails looked great! 4 agree Reply You can also use vodka if you don't have rubbing alcohol (just don't drink it afterwards, lol!). Make sure to get all the paper off your nails or you'll end up with rough patches. I found that dipping my nails for 5-10 seconds and applying the newsprint for approximately 30 seconds worked. Then I would dab a bit of liquid on the back of the paper before I peeled it off, which would make sure it all came off, instead of having some of it drying onto my nails. 3 agree Reply I forsee totally printing out my own nail art in my future! Who needs expensive art from manicurists when you can print that shiz out! 4 agree Reply Awesome!!! you could totally even print out your vows and put those on your nails!!! 3 agree Reply I wish I'd seen this before my wedding it would have been perfect, but now I'm totally doing this in the future! 0 agree Reply I love all the tips people are leaving. It just goes to show that I get to do some practice runs. I found this on stumpleupon awhile back and loved it, especially for wedding nails. 0 agree Reply OMG – how perfect! I have a vintage/shabby chic/book wedding them and created our save-the-date postcards from vintage book pages and am using books in the centerpieces. This is what I am going to do with my fingers. I love love this! 0 agree Reply If you use a colored nail polish instead of white or grey, will the words show up on top of the color? 0 agree Reply I know I've seen it done with pink before, so color should work fine. Darker colors might be challenging, though. 1 agrees Reply LOVE this idea! 0 agree Reply I've just tried this and it looks pretty good. would love to find a way to do it with sheet music, rather than newspaper, but so far nothing i've tried works. Any tips? 1 agrees Reply I've heard some people say they've had luck just using regular paper like sheet music. But if not, you could always print a copy of the sheet music onto some actual newsprint. 0 agree Reply I've gotten this idea from another website and it really works! I love it. But just make sure you don't allow the rubbing alcohol to dry before taking the newsprint off. I made that mistake and it didn't turn out. I used pictures and things out of the newsprint to – not just words. But I didn't think of printing my own. 0 agree Reply I dont think this works if you cut the paper out of a book bc thats the paper i used and i did this many times but the ink never came off. I guess i need to print it from internet or use a newspaper.:) 0 agree Reply I think you have to actually use a newspaper. I tried printing my own but it didn't work at all. 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.