30 Festive Nail Art Ideas For Thanksgiving 2022

And really all year round.

by Summer Arlexis and Audrey Noble
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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, flights are booking fast and dishes are being planned. Perhaps slightly less important, but certainly not to be ignored, are the festive designs you could be dreaming up for your next manicure. Consider this a reminder that it's a great time to get your fingers prepped with some creative Thanksgiving themed nails to begin the 2022 holiday season with style.

If there ever was the perfect opportunity to get quirky and colorful with your nails, now's the time. Thanksgiving comes with plenty of inspo for some amazing holiday nail art. Whether it’s the rich colors of fall leaves, historical references, or even the delicious food soon to be filling your belly, there are plenty of designs to showcase your love for Thanksgiving. You can always go for a classic fall nail mani full of deep burgundy hues, bright oranges, and gold shimmer if getting holiday specific is going too far. But there's nothing wrong with going all out with nails decked in delicious pies and gobbling turkeys.

Whether you're ready to give your technician a call or you're feeling like testing the DIY nail art waters, painting your tips with any of these 30 ideas for Thanksgiving nails will make your pointers the talk of the dinner table.

1. Minimalistic Fine Lines

Muted neutrals make for a great casual nail look. Pick different shades and draw them diagonally on the nail in very thin lines.

2. Gold Leaf Nails

Who doesn’t love a good coffin nail? This holiday season, dress it up with pretty metallic gold leaf patterns.

3. Literal Thanksgiving Nails

It might be difficult to do without the help of a nail pro, but there’s no denying these food prints are super adorable — and very on the nose for Thanksgiving.

4. Checkered Nail Art

How fun is this design? Pick a warm color, like this toffee, and checker out your nail.

5. Fall-Toned French Tips

Can’t go wrong with a French mani. Opt for different shades of brown instead of white tips and outline them in gold for something more festive.

6. Watercolor Fall Foliage

No need to head to the woods to find some foliage. Mix browns and gold in this marble design for some foliage of your own.

7. Warm Brown Polishes

Don’t want to go for a design? Do like Hailey Bieber and go with coffee-toned nails. Warm brown on an almond-shaped nail is just a classic.

8. Minimal Swirls

For a subtle groovy feel, paint on a double-lined S-curve down the middle of a bare nail.

9. The Half & Half

Mix fall colors like olive, burnt orange, and mustard on the tips of your nail and half-moon designs on the bottom.

10. Graphic Prints

Multi-colored prints in blue, burgundy, and peach make for a striking nail look. Add white leaf and dots detail to elevate it.

11. Modern Art Manis

Graphic shapes, but make it subtle. Stick to two colors — like a black and warm orange — in smaller shapes with some gold shimmer for a more modern design.

12. Shades Of Pumpkin Spice

If you’re looking for a brighter nail polish combination, turn to your favorite orange tones and paint on half-moons and French tips.

13. Cozy Vibes

This sweater print nail decal is such a nice detail for a fall nail. Opt for dark pinks and reds mixed with light neutrals.

14. Sunset Gradient Nails

The mix of burgundy, magenta, and gold makes for a super warm nail look that’s perfect for the fall season and beyond.

15. Fall Mix And Match

Mix a classic French mani with full coverage glossy nails in traditional fall colors such as orange, brown, and terracotta for a dynamic mani that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving activities.

16. Snoopy-Inspired

No other cartoon encapsulates the holiday season like Snoopy and the gang. Draw cartoon decals on each nail for a super fun design.

17. Autumnal Polka Dots

Polka dots make for an easy DIY nail art. But to keep up with those Thanksgiving vibes, opt for fall shades like this warm terracotta color and brighten it with white dots all over.

18. Gobble, Gobble

Turkey accent nails are too cute.

19. Autumn Abstract

These look exactly like the wall art you’ve saved on your home decor Pinterest boards. Who knew they also work as the perfect way to dress up your Thanksgiving nails? Again, opt for fall colors to make them autumn appropriate.

20. Leaves Are Falling

How adorable are these leaf designs? Paint them against a vibrant white nail to make them really pop.

21. Sparkly Foliage

In theme with fall leaves, add subtle gold sparkle on top of your foliage decals for a super pretty design.

22. Double Ombré Effect

This mesmerizing nail art is a unique spin that marries two classic trends into one. Go for the French mani in white and warm chocolate shades in an ombré effect for something really cool to wear while you chow down on some Turkey and apple pie.

23. Chocolate Swirls

Minimal and chic, these chocolate swirls work for your Thanksgiving dinner and beyond. Opt to paint them on a nail or two and paint the rest of your nails with rich brown shades all over for a more dynamic look.

24. Graphic Comic Book

Go bold and different with these cool comic book nails. They’re vibrant and trending more than ever now, so you’ll want to hop on this ASAP.

25. Glass Of Wine

Don’t let browns and oranges take all the attention this fall. Warm berry reds are just as seasonal. Opt for a matte finish and glossy French tips for a more unique spin.

26. Animal Print

An animal print is basically a party on your nails. Opt for brown shades and this cow print to give your nails more of a cozy autumn vibe.

27. Warm Love

Why save heart decor for just Valentine’s day? Wear your heart on your nails and use warm fall shades, like this luscious dark chocolate and dreamy milky caramel, for something more neutral.

28. Tortoise Florals

There’s just something so chic and elevated about a tortoise shell nail. Dress it up with dainty floral art for something bright and fun.

29. ’70s Groovy

This ’70s-inspired psychedelic swirl makes for the perfect Thanksgiving manicure. Go for warm muted colors like oxblood red, olive green, and mustard yellow for the ultimate fall vibes.

30. Marble Tips

This contrast of gold and magenta is striking. The ombré effect right at the tip of the nails that bleed into a bare base makes it especially pretty.

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