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Thanksgiving Nail Design Ideas

Updated on September 5, 2014

Fall Nail Design Ideas

If you paint your nails and you want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit then consider these fall-inspired nail designs. Want nails that resemble a cup of hot cocoa, or how about wild turkey feathers? Or maybe Indian corn, that Thanksgiving staple? Below are instructions on how to create some easy fall-themed nail designs. These are all reasonably simple, so you don't have to be an artist to have unique nails.

Hot Cocoa

with marshmallows

For the hot cocoa nails just use a light brown polish. For the marshmallows you can paint white squares on it with white nail polish (after the brown polish dries), but it's a little difficult to get the squares small enough. I (mostly because I don't have white polish) cut little squares out of white-out tape. This included cutting a square out of the tape then cutting that square into fourths. Once you apply a clear coat on top you won't have to worry about the pieces peeling off.

Turkey Feathers

Wild turkey tail feathers are usually tri-colored, with two thin strips of color on top and the rest of the feather being another color. Use saran wrap to cover the top third of your nail and paint the bottom two-thirds of the nail a light brown. Of the remaining third, paint the bottom half of that dark brown and the top half white. (I used the white-out tape again). Paint a clear coat over the polish after it dries. Of course, you can use different colors if you want.

Indian Corn

Indian corn is oddly colored, having red and brown kernels as well as yellow. For this design paint the nail yellow. After it dries use a toothpick dipped in black nail polish to draw lines vertically and horizontally along the nail to make several squares. (In order to have thin lines you have to continuously dip the toothpick in the black polish and keep only a small amount of it on the end). Use another toothpick to color in a few of the squares with reddish-orange polish and dark brown nail paint. Once that dries cover it with a coat of clear polish.

Fall Tree

For this, paint the entire nail yellow first and then let it dry. Put a strip of dark brown polish along the center of the nail (up to half the nail) for the tree trunk. Using a toothpick paint orange circles around the tree trunk. With the yellow polish it will look like orange and yellow leaves. It looks a bit like a child's drawing of a tree, but it's a simple and fun nail design. Top it off with a clear polish.


Thanksgiving means colder weather, and fires in the fireplace. Paint a yellow strip of nail polish at the bottom of the nail that comes to a pointed tip. Surround that with reddish-orange polish that comes to a pointed tip at the top of the nail. Dip a toothpick in yellow polish and blend the yellow and reddish-orange polish right above the yellow part of the nail (leaving some of the reddish-orange polish untouched.) I carefully painted the exposed nail that was left a bright red so that it would look like a fire in a fireplace. Alternatively, you can paint the entire nail yellow and paint the reddish-orange polish over part of it. Paint a clear coat over the nail once all the polish dries.

All of the above pictures were taken by me.

© 2011 Marigold Tortelli

Do You Enjoy Painting Your Nails? - Do you keep it simple or do you prefer unique nail designs?

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      I love that you created all these nail designs for us. Angel blessings.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I keep it simple, but I like your ideas. I think I will try them.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Great lens! Lovely nails loved the fire one i think its edgy!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 6 years ago

      Those are cure ideas!

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      Very original idea. :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      What a neat idea - to have holiday decorations o you finger nails. The turkey reathers are cute.I

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Cute lens!!!

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      I prefer to keep it simple, but appreciate multi-colored designs others wear. Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.