How to Make Homemade Tattoo Stencil

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A tattoo stencil can help you transfer a challenging design from paper to your body with less chance of error than free form drawing on the skin. It can be used in conjunction with tattoos, henna or markers on your skin.

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Things you need

  • Transfer paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Speed Stick deodorant

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  1. 1

    Draw your design on paper. Do not start the stencil creation process until your drawing is exactly the way you want it.

  2. 2

    Place the transfer paper on a table or other flat work surface.

  3. 3

    Put the carbon paper down on top of the transfer paper, with the ink side toward the transfer paper.

  4. 4

    Place your design, face up, on top of the carbon paper, and tape the entire stack of papers together securely.

  5. 5

    Trace your design carefully. Use steady, firm pressure to ensure that the design transfers completely.

  6. 6

    Separate the pieces of paper and cut your design out.

  7. 7

    Cover your skin slightly where you want the design with Speed Stick deodorant to make the transfer stick. Press the design on the transfer paper onto your skin for about 30 seconds.

  8. 8

    Carefully peel the transfer paper away from your skin.

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