How to Create Your Own Custom Temporary Tattoos

Written by maude coffey
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Temporary tattoos can be used as a party favour or a way to wear a tattoo without a commitment. Temporary tattoos last a few days and can be removed immediately if the wearer prefers, unlike a permanent tattoo. With a paper made specifically for transferring ink to skin, you can create your own custom tattoo design on your computer. Pick a design that has a special meaning to you or one you want to try out before going the permanent route.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Temporary tattoo paper
  • Tattoo design
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Pick a design for the temporary tattoo. The more detail in the design, the larger the design needs to be. The details can look muddled or blurry if printed too small. Enlarge the image if necessary in a photo editing program.

  2. 2

    Duplicate the design several times in the photo editing program if wanting more than one tattoo or symmetrical tattoos. Fill the size in your program with different designs if wanting to experiment with different sizes, designs and colours. The sheets are generally 8.5 by 11 inches and more than one design can fit on a sheet.

  3. 3

    Print the design sheet you have created onto a plain piece of paper of the same size first to ensure the size of the designs are correct and will fit on the temporary tattoo paper.

  4. 4

    Print the designs on the temporary tattoo paper. Allow the sheet to dry for at least 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Apply the adhesive sheet on top of the temporary tattoo paper. Line up the two top corners, and affix the adhesive sheet slowly down onto the tattoo paper. Eradicate air bubbles by smoothing the sheet with your thumbs. Work from the centre of the paper out to the edges.

  6. 6

    Cut out the designs with a pair of scissors. Apply the temporary tattoo according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • Alcohol will remove the temporary tattoo from the skin.
  • Test a small part of your skin with the temporary tattoo paper first to ensure that no allergic reaction will occur.

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