20 Thanksgiving Nail Art Ideas You Should Copy ASAP
Listen, the holidays are officially here, which means you better buckle the heck up and get on my festive level, because I am ready to go HAM on the nail art this winter. Holiday nail polish? F*ck yes. Christmas nail art? SURE, if that’s your holiday! Thanksgiving nails? I mean, yes, duh. That’s why we’re here. But I’m not talking about the cheese-filled nail art of your childhood—I’m talkin’ minimalist, graphic designs, gorgeous nail colors, and, yes, even the occasional pumpkin. And to help you get inspired to pull out your polishes tonight, I handpicked the 20 cutest Thanksgiving nail art ideas to copy, below.
1 Matte Floral Thanksgiving Nails
Sure, these nails don’t exactly scream Thanksgiving or holidays, but that’s what makes them so cool: The matte-black nail polish gives off subtle cool-weather vibes, while the autumnal florals keep the overall mani feeling crisp and light.
2 Graphic Art Thanksgiving Nails
A little bit retro, a little bit graphic, and a little bit fall, these Thanksgiving-esque nails use white, burnt orange, and black to get you in the festive mood without feeling like a commitment.
3 Rainy Day Thanksgiving Nails
Maybe you’re not into the whole brown color scheme that comes with Thanksgiving nails. Hey, that’s fine. Try these mixed-print navy nails instead, which still feel a bit ~moody~ and cold weather without conjuring images of pies and pumpkins.
4 Metallic Glazed Thanksgiving Nails
These little red-and-gold nails look like glazed cherry pie and pastries, no? Can I eat them right now? Can someone please feed me? Is it Thanksgiving yet? Help.
5 Chipmunk Thanksgiving Nails
At first glance, these maroon nails look simple and slightly festive—just some holly and grass around the cuticles. But look closer and you’ll see a little white pumpkin and two nail-art chipmunks, which are essentially the epitome of the holidays.
6 Orange Gradient Thanksgiving Nails
Obviously, the gradient nail trend isn’t going away anytime soon, so bring the look into fall by using a mix of orange nail polishes to create the subtle faded effect.
7 Autumn Berry Thanksgiving Nails
There’s something about matte nail polish that gives every manicure and nail art an elevated, “cool” finish. And fun fact, you don’t need to use matte polish either—just swap your regular top coat with a matte top coat to mimic the look.
8 Pumpkin Thanksgiving Nails
Umm, hi, someone please create these little neutral pumpkins on my nails right now. To keep the look subtle, not ~extra~, paint your nails with a neutral nail polish and keep the pumpkins tiny and centered around your cuticles. Candle-plant combo optional.
9 Abstract Thanksgiving Nail Colors
Could these nails be worn at any time of the year? Yes. But do they look especially fall-like when worn around Thanksgiving? Extra yes. The key is imperfection: Swipe your polish brush over a paper towel a few times before painting it across your nail for a streaky effect.
10 Golden Thanksgiving Nails
The glossy, reddish-orangish base of these holiday Thanksgiving nails is made even more festive by golden foil draped haphazardly—yet pointedly—over each nail.
11 Accent Thanksgiving Nails
Okay, so maybe the twinkle lights in the background and the cozy sweater make this photo extra Thanksgiving-ish to me, but it could also be the suede nail polish with the gilded, abstract accent nail.
12 Baby Pumpkin Thanksgiving Nails
SO CUTE. These baby pumpkins have the perfect amount of artistic flair to make them feel minimalist and unique for Thanksgiving rather than ghoulish and Halloween-y.
13 Feather Thanksgiving Nails
If you didn’t think turkey feathers could ever look ~*chic*~, please look at these iridescent, multicolored Thanksgiving nails. Simple stripes in shades of orange, yellow, and burgundy hint at turkey feathers without actually illustrating them.
14 Abstract Pumpkin Thanksgiving Nails
If nail art feels a bit too on-the-nose cutesy for you, try going the abstract route with these pumpkin-esque Thanksgiving nails. Just paint your nail beds orange (omitting your cuticles), then dot the tips with metallic studs.
15 Turkey Thanksgiving Nails
Wait, these Thanksgiving nails are legitimately cute? Who knew turkeys could be fashun. After painting your nails with a deep burgundy polish, use white, black, and yellow nail polishes to create a beak and two please-don’t-eat-me eyes.
16 Glitter Thanksgiving Nails
17 Thanksgiving Turkey Nails
Want a Thanksgiving nail look that basically gobbles? Try painting your accent nails with this bright, festive turkey, which uses gradients of orange, yellow, and brown against white nail polish for a standout finish.
18 Plaid Thanksgiving Nails
Plaid on its own? Fine. But plaid in a mix of orange, caramel, and white nail polishes? A subtle Thanksgiving manicure. Use a thin nail-striping brush to create clean, stick-straight lines against your white polish.
19 Corn Thanksgiving Nails
The thing I love about these nails? If you don’t explicitly know you’re looking at corn, you wouldn’t know you’re looking at corn. With a few dots of green, white, and red, these ordinary yellow nails are turned into a Thanksgiving lewk.
20 Tortoise Thanksgiving Nails
Okay, so technically, tortoise can be worn year-round, but it’s especially gorgeous in fall when you’re already wearing chunky sweaters and deeper color palettes. Try it out for Thanksgiving if you’re not feeling the nail-art scene.