Making Temporary Tattoos

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May 19, 2014

Fun craft all year! I used it for Memorial Day, parents will love how easily the tattoos wash off!



  • water-based face paints
  • small paintbrushes


  • Maybe you would like to paint on a flower tattoo or an American flag. It just depends on the holiday and what the kids want!

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    April 17, 2005

    Anybody ever use the temporary tattoo paper? What kind, did it work?



    By Suzanne S. (Guest Post)
    May 8, 20051 found this helpful

    I haven't used the temporary paper. But I have used medical tape to tape a stencil in place where I want it on my skin. Then used henna to tattoo the design. They last for 2-3 weeks and you can mix food coloring to give it some punch. Hope this helps.

    By (Guest Post)
    July 2, 20050 found this helpful

    what is medical tape and where can i find it?...also, wut did you use to draw with?

    By (Guest Post)
    July 11, 20050 found this helpful

    how do u make a temporary tattoo like what ingredients do i need to make one?

    By (Guest Post)
    July 26, 20050 found this helpful

    somebody told me to make a homemade henna tattoo you get henna powder and mix it with lemon juice then apply it in the design you want .... don't get it wet for 24 hours but occasionly dab it with a dampended cotton ball ( mix sugar and water togther to moisten the cotton ball) hope that helps you!

    By handert (Guest Post)
    August 15, 20050 found this helpful

    its cool!

    By Mike (Guest Post)
    August 26, 20050 found this helpful

    Is there any easier ways to make temporary tattoos?

    By alisha (Guest Post)
    September 24, 20050 found this helpful

    how do you make a homade tattoo what do you use???

    By KP (Guest Post)
    February 27, 20060 found this helpful

    hey where do u find these materials to make these tattoos cause i want to start doin my own but don't know how

    By Louis (Guest Post)
    October 17, 20060 found this helpful

    i have done a do-it-yourself temp tattoos for decal transfers on canvas / skin or porcelain by coating a piece of thick paper like that of cereal boxes also you can use regular print paper w/ water based Elmer's glue - beware you might have problems with warping due to its thin consistency in that case you have to first re-wet it by using a spraybottle then apply a thin coat of water based Elmer's glue, allow enough time to dry before adding a thin spray coat of Crystal clear best known for "shellac" [allow to dry] then re-coat with thin layer of "fog" or "sandblast effect" spray coat [ you'll find it @ home depot or arts & craft store] once dry, brush away excess particles w/ soft bristle brush, you're now ready to feed paper to your personal jet or photo printer -remember all printed material will become transparent [in case you desire to use a cover up background add a fine coat of white spray paint over] cut up selected pieces lay it on an even yet tacky surface to avoid scattering facing up printed material before adding final coat of spray-on tacky adhesive. - first attempts might be tricky but practice will help you improve your skills to perfection, Good Luck


    any question or comments e-mail me at GunsmokeValley AT

    By 'Tiffy' (Guest Post)
    June 6, 20070 found this helpful

    Okay: here's what to do.
    You get some of that tan masking tape stuff. Get a strip and draw a design ON THE STICKY SIDE with markers. When you're done drawing, apply the tape's sticky drawn- on side to your skin. Then press down on it with a large, palm- sized rock. Wet a finger with warm water and carefully wet the tattoo. With the rock, push-- DO NOT RUB OR WIPE-- the tattoo. Fan with a mini fan until exterior is dry. Then carefully peel off the tape and you have a temporary tattoo!

    By Kaela M (Guest Post)
    June 18, 20070 found this helpful

    if you guys want a temporary tattoo and you LOVE to tan..then i have the PERFECT temp tattoo.
    all you have to do is either go to a tanning salon or the dollar store and pick up a package of stickers in the shape that you want (ie. butterfly, heart, lips) and make sure that the stickers are ALL THE SAME size because u will be using more then one. so stick the sticker any were on your body and go and tan...the sun wont be able to go through the sticker leaving you with a cute white shape of a butterfly or heart on your skin that will last as long as your tan does.


    it may take a couple days to make it REALLY visible. and each day that you tan..put a sticker on the EXACT SAME PLACE as you did all the other times..hence why u bought a bunch of the same stickers..
    i personally have a cute butterfly on my lower stomach and its ADORABLE and really visible..
    i totally encourage you to do this.
    also if ur afraid of tanning in the sun, you can also use self tanner or tanning lotion that enhances your skin colour. just remember to put the sticker on the same place each time.

    By Caitlin (Guest Post)
    August 2, 20070 found this helpful

    So how do you get henna powder? and any other home remedies for temp tatts? These are all pretty cool. I just got my first henna and the dude sucked! it looks quite terrible and looking for a sltn.

    By nadine (Guest Post)
    December 3, 20070 found this helpful

    I need an investigatory project about chemistry. I've thought about making homemade henna, but I don't know how to start it. If anyone knows how, reply pls. thankz.

    By marina m (Guest Post)
    December 23, 20070 found this helpful

    i used to know how to make some with men deodorant, but i forgot how too. any one know how to? email me please: marina.mendez AT

    By (Guest Post)
    January 15, 20080 found this helpful

    Where can you buy henna powder any stores?

    By Jema Brown (Guest Post)
    April 12, 20080 found this helpful

    I heard that you use baking paper.

    By Brie A. (Guest Post)
    May 22, 20080 found this helpful

    How do you do this? I don't get it there must be an easier way, and were can I find tanning tape?

    By Red Neck (Guest Post)
    October 23, 20080 found this helpful

    Be careful about feeding homemade glue-coated paper into an ink jet printer. Glue could soften from the fluid in the ink and transfer to the nozzles leaving you with a useless ink cartridge or gunked up printer. It's safer for the printer to use paper intended for that purpose.


    For stencil "tattoos" the neatest thing to use would be a permanent (Sharpie type) marker. They come in many colors. The ink can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol. For sheer stubborn durability on skin I don't think I've seen anything to match the ink that comes in color inkjet cartridge refill kits. It's not for no reason that these kits tell you to be careful and even wear protective gloves. Nothing normally used on skin will faze it. It will not come off until the skin wears off.

    April 28, 20090 found this helpful

    Is there another easier way of making a temporary tattoo dat lasts as long as henna tattoo but without using henna? Like using some other kind of ingredients.

    October 23, 20160 found this helpful

    Throughout the years, I've used many different types of temporary tattoo paper. Sadly, most if not all have the same mediocre qualities. They usually don't last too long, and if they do, they look super fake. I recently came across this company called tattapic ( that actually did the work for me in creating my temporary tattoos.


    The quality is the best I've seen, and they have their own designers that turn anything into a tattoo. Check them out, maybe they'll be of help and are what you're looking for.

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