13 Cute Thanksgiving Nail Ideas to Complete Your Turkey Day Look

Harvest hues, cute turkeys, and autumn-inspired foliage.



Planning out your nail designs is fun year-round, but there’s something about the festivity of the holidays that makes being the art director of your nails way more fun. Today we’re talking about cute thanksgiving nails that give serious harvest energy and are sure to complete your feast day fit. From cute little cartoon turkey designs that’ll make you say “aww!” to manis that capture the essence of this autumn holiday in a low-key way, we’ve got cute Thanksgiving nail ideas for everyone.

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Thanksgiving Nail Designs

Corduroy Nails

You’ve heard of sweater nails, but what about corduroy nails? It’s a similar concept—created by painting a design with gel polish and dusting it with acrylic powder before curing—only simplified to resemble the look of this classic soft and textured fabric. So cozy!

Turkey Nails

Nails don't get much more thanksgiving inspired than this manicure featuring a plump turkey in a pilgrim hat. It serves as the accent while the others feature beautiful metal foiling.

Metallic Autumn

Opt for a high glam moment via an autumnal metallic palette. This one features a deep burgundy topped with silver glitter, a fiery copper metal accent nail, and another nail that. marries the two.

Fall Florals

Florals don’t have to be reserved for spring and summer. The key for bringing them into autumn is to choose colors that evoke the season. This design sticks to shades of brown for a super cute thanksgiving nails look.

Abstract Autumn Florals

Another way to do florals in the fall is to keep the design abstract. Stick to autumn colors—like orange, wine, brown, and gold—and try a design like this one that incorporates abstract petals along the side of the nail.

Wine French Tip with Gold Foiling

This mani keeps your thanksgiving nails simple but doesn’t compromise on the fabulous factor. Opt for a rich cabernet or bordeaux color for the tips, then apply gold foiling along the side.

Pumpkin and Plaid

Gourds also give serious t-day vibes, which makes this pumpkin and plaid mani perfect for the big feast. Paint a simple pumpkin on one nail, a plaid design on two others, and then pull those same colors to create designs on your remaining nails.

Brown Paint Chip Nails

The paint chip nail trend lends itself brilliantly to Thanksgiving nails, too. Brown makes for a sophisticated color palette, and a little sparkle can take your mani to the next level.

Ombre Harvest Nails

Similarly, try your hand at the ombre nail look by pulling in shades of the season. This one features wine, caramel, and shades of orange—the palette of trees at peak fall foliage—and is a perfect look for anyone looking for a simple but compliment-worthy mani.

Gilded Fall Foliage

Capture the beauty of falling leaves with this cute thanksgiving nail idea. It starts with a base of watercolor-like dollops of autumnal colors, which is then speckled with teeny black dots for more dimension. The simple gilded leaves bring it all together.

Milky Thanksgiving Ombré

This wow-worthy thanksgiving nail idea combines harvest hues with a milky ombré effect, then takes it one step further by adding some golden glitter. The purple and gray feel unexpected here, but add some sophisticated glamor.

Harvest Gnome Nails

Turkeys make for undeniably cute thanksgiving nails, but don’t write off a harvest gnome! This design leverages shades of caramel and burnt orange, and features the most perfect little gnome accents.

Chunky Autumn Glitter

In the market for a 5-minute mani that’ll still turn heads? Paint your nails a dark color—like plum, navy, or black, or wine—and then top it with lots of chunky glitter in an autumnal color palette.

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