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DIY Ransom Note Manicure


DIY Ransom Note Manicure |

I get about five mystery magazines every month that show up to my house without me asking or paying for them. Anyone else? Alex and I finally decided to put ’em to good use with this DIY ransom note manicure!!! You can do this fun mani with any old magazines you have lying around and a little nail glue. Easy peasy!

DIY Ransom Note Manicure |

DIY Ransom Note Manicure | DIY Ransom Note Manicure |

DIY Ransom Note Manicure

Total Time: 45 Minutes


Nail Glue
Nail Polish in Color of Your Choice
Top Coat


1. Decide what you want to spell and hunt through magazines to find the letters. The letters need to be small enough to fit on your nails, and spaced enough apart that you can cut each letter out individually.
2. Paint your nails and let dry completely.
3. Place a dot of nail glue on the back of one of the letters and spread it over the entire back using the tip of the nail glue.
4. Place the letter on the nail.
5. Seal with a top coat, using a "dabbing" motion instead of a painting motion, in order to prevent the magazine ink bleeding. Let dry.

DIY Ransom Note Manicure | DIY Ransom Note Manicure |

Photos by Jeff Mindell | Manicure by Beautilitarian

How convenient that Girl Power fit so well, eh!? 😉 What would you spell!??!

p.s. Try it with a holographic manicure!


  • Kristina B

    OMG YES me too!! And the lamest ones EVER! It started with Men’s Health (which is actually really interesting! I love reading it!) and then we got “Outside” and I was like WHAT and then…God…ESPN and I’m at the end of my rope.

    Back to your mani…LOVE IT. I’m totally obsessed with words and messages so I could do this forever. I would do #SNAILMAIL !!!

    • Kelly

      Hahaha! What is Outside Magazine!?!? Also… #snailmail is PERFECT! You going to NSS? Dooo ittttt!

  • Ashton

    My boyfriend gets a mystery Teen Vogue subscription every. single. month! It is a running joke, but we totally thought he was probably getting pranked by a friend. It is funny to know this happens to others, thanks for sharing lol.

    • Kelly

      SO. DO. I. I get Teen Vogue addressed to my MOM at my home address, I also get one at the studio AND Samantha gets one at her house too. Glad we aren’t alone!!!! HAHA!

  • Brandi

    These are so fun! What a great idea for my stacks of magazines, I just can’t seem to part with them.

  • Michelle

    That’s such a cool idea! Finally I can put my old magazines to good use!

  • Chelsea

    I may have to go steal some magazines from the Dr’s office for this. Thats why they’re there right? When I was a kid, we’d decorate EVERYTHING with magazine clippings… pretty sure I still have a chair at my parent’s house that we collaged. I LOVE the idea of doing this on your nails!

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