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21 Cute Thanksgiving Nails 2023: Design Ideas and Colors

Jul 15, 2023Jul 15, 2023

Reach for a second slice of pie with these fun manicures!

One of the most fun things about Thanksgiving dinner with your friends and family (besides the delicious feast, of course!) is the opportunity to show off your fall style. Whether you're rocking a cute fall dress, a cozy fall sweater, or trying one of Ree Drummond's favorite fall fashion ideas, we highly recommend accessorizing with some festive Thanksgiving nails!

We've rounded up the best fall manicures for you to choose from, with ideas for every taste, including neutral or solid color nails as well as some more dramatic options with cute nail art that nods to the holiday season. We're talking pumpkins, falling leaves, acorns, and even a couple of manicures with tiny turkeys! Heck, some of these fall and Halloween nail designs can be worn again at the Thanksgiving dinner table. There are also some designs that are a little less on the nose, like an "autumn kisses" manicure featuring an all-over lip print in everyone's favorite fall colors, or a pumpkin pie-inspired manicure featuring bright orange polish and creamy half moons and tips reminiscent of whipped cream topping.

The best thing about these designs is that they're all relatively simple so even beginners can try them as an at-home manicure. No matter which manicure you choose, it's sure to impress everyone at the Thanksgiving dinner table!

You're sure to fall in love with this autumn kisses manicure! It features an all-over lips pattern in everyone's favorite fall colors, against a neutral backdrop.

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Craving pumpkin pie? This bright orange mani features creamy half moons and tips that are reminiscent of whipped cream. This one is neutral enough to wear in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, too!

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Get ready to gobble 'til you wobble with this fun turkey manicure! With bright fall colors on four nails and turkey nail art on the thumb, this manicure looks festive enough as it is—but when you strike this pose, you'll feel even more Thanksgiving-ready.

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For more subtle Thanksgiving style, try this metallic manicure in muted shades of brown and tan. The shimmer will still make it feel celebratory without being too over the top.

All your favorite fall colors are present in this playful manicure, but the terrazzo pattern offers an unexpected twist on a Thanksgiving manicure.

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Dip a toe–or should we say finger?—in the matte trend with this colorful manicure featuring hand-painted fall botanicals. Top it all off with OPI's Matte Top Coat for a smooth, subtle finish.

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If you usually prefer dark nails for the holidays, but want to mix things up a little this year, try this deep maroon manicure with a few lively pops of yellow. The fall leaves add just the right amount of festive appeal.

Sparkle this holiday season with a rust red manicure topped with colorful glitter and bright orange leaf art. It's a fall celebration on your fingernails!

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Who says a Thanksgiving manicure has to use traditional fall colors? We love this fun color palette of neutrals with pops of pink and orange. Top each nail off with leafy patterns to add fall flair.

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On the other hand (pun intended), a glossy neutral Thanksgiving manicure can be just as pretty, especially when you add orange and yellow maple leaves to just a couple of nails.


Incorporate fall florals into your style with this pretty pumpkin-hued manicure. You can even add a couple of glittering gold nails for a touch of holiday glamor.

Let's talk turkey manicures: This one is tons of fun and the art is simple enough for even beginners to try.

Pumpkins, fall leaves, and plaid come together for the prettiest Thanksgiving manicure. The subdued colors would pair just as nicely with neutral styles as it would with bright colors.

You can never go wrong with a rich, glossy color during the cooler months. Wear this manicure all through November and add some fall leaf nail art right to one accent nail right before Thanksgiving.

Whether you hate or love candy corn, you've got to give it up for this sweet and playful manicure inspired by the fall treat. These nails look almost good enough to eat!


If cranberry sauce is your favorite Thanksgiving side, why not embrace that color for your holiday nail look this year? It's a color you can wear through Christmas, too!

You'd never miss a chance to admire the fall foliage—even when it's just on your nails! A matte orange manicure is elevated by nail art featuring gorgeous autumn trees.

Embrace a fall color palette for your nails in shades of warm orange, white, and brown. Add a few layers of gold glitter to your tips to really make this look shine.

Celebrate the harvest season with this fun mani featuring a blue-gray base and cute illustrations of fall gourds and fruits.

If you're all about the long, pointed nail trend, this one is for you! It features a classic french manicure with a fall twist: delicate little flowers in autumnal colors.


Tierney McAfee is a freelance writer and Country Living and The Pioneer Woman contributor who covers entertainment, holiday & entertaining, food & drinks, design ideas, DIY, and more.

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