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Road Map Nails Inspired By Roshambo: Paper-Scissors

The third Roshambo video brings us back to where it all began: Paris. The final chapter in the series was filmed throughout the streets of Paris, so this inspired me to try a transfer technique on my nails using a map of the magical city. For something that looks complicated, it’s actually really simple to achieve. You can do this with any map, and it’s fun to pick out certain places that you may have traveled to or special spots that you want to put on your nails.

map nail supplies

What You Need:


White nail polish

Clear top coat

Rubbing alcohol


Cotton swabs

cut out pieces of map

Step one: Look over your map and cut out 10 small pieces of your liking for each one of your nails.

close up of cut out pieces

I chose pieces that had a variety of colors in them.

white polish on nails

Step two: Apply two coats of white polish to your nails and allow this to dry completely.

cut out piece above rubbing alcohol

Step three: Take one of your pieces and dip it into the rubbing alcohol.

cut out map piece soaking in alcohol

Allow this to soak for at least 30 seconds.

cut out map piece on nail

Step four: Select which nail you want, place the map piece face down and apply pressure for 30 seconds.

left over map on nails

Step five: slowly lift up the map piece off of your nail.

cotton swab on nail

Step six: dip a cotton swab into the rubbing alcohol and gently rub away any remnants of the map paper that may be left sticking to your nail.

cut out map piece on other nail

Repeat this process on the rest of your nails.

map nails final image

Step seven: Finish off with a clear top coat to seal the image and make it shiny.

There you go! Easy road map nails in seven steps. What city are you going to try?

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Beth C -August 6, 2013, 9:25AM

I’m going to try with my home, Chicago… But I think I will use Sanborn Fire Insurnace Maps. I use them at work all the time and I love them; finding out the history of buildings in my city is the best part of my job!

Juliette Laura -August 6, 2013, 9:26AM

OH MY GOODNESS. I was doing newspaper nails yesterday, and wondering if you could do it with a map! So pleased that you can! Definitely doing this.

xo, Juliette Laura

Isabel -August 6, 2013, 12:09PM

Cool! It’s like temporary tattoos for your nails! I’m doing Mexico, because I just got back from a vacation there

Michelle -August 6, 2013, 2:53PM

Where is your flower ring from?! It’s so pretty :)

fp jana -August 6, 2013, 3:19PM

Thank you, Michelle! I got it a few years ago at a flea market :)

Alexia -August 6, 2013, 4:33PM

that’s soo sick!!! definitely doing it! thanks for the tip! (:

Sarah -August 7, 2013, 3:54AM

Jana I’m really loving your blog posts, especially the DIY’s! Great job!

fp jana -August 7, 2013, 12:05PM

Thank you, Sarah! I just saw on your blog that you tried it with a map of Tennessee and your nails turned out great! :)

Sarah -August 7, 2013, 7:54PM

Thank you so much! I got many compliments on them today and I think they look awesome!

Shelley -August 8, 2013, 3:06PM

What a cool take on Newspaper nails!

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