Newspaper nails for literary hands #Fashion DIY#literature theme#nails#superficial snack Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Nov 17 2011) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits 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. Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS 3 ways to hack your IKEA cake server NEXT Kisså & Todd's morning garden party wedding Show/Hide 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. Reply Ooooh then you could have colors! I'm in. Reply If you printed your own designs, you could mirror the words/image so it comes out the right way! Reply OMG This is awesome! I love this idea, absolutely bookmarking it and using it for my holiday pictures! 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. Reply OMG banned book week! I never thought of that and it's so perfect. Reply What a cute idea! Reply also, totally digging the grey nail polish. 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 Reply Love love love it!!! 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! 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. 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! Reply Awesome!!! you could totally even print out your vows and put those on your nails!!! 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! 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. 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! Reply If you use a colored nail polish instead of white or grey, will the words show up on top of the color? Reply I know I've seen it done with pink before, so color should work fine. Darker colors might be challenging, though. Reply LOVE this idea! 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? 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. 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. 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.:) Reply I think you have to actually use a newspaper. I tried printing my own but it didn't work at all. 🙁 Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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