How to Make Your Own Stencil for Henna Tattoos

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How to Make Your Own Stencil for Henna Tattoos
Henna is used to create intricate and temporary tattoo designs (henna hand design and bouquet image by Gina Smith from

Henna, used for centuries as a form of body art in Asian countries, stains the skin a brilliant red-brown colour on contact. Artists apply elaborate stencils to the body to create intricate designs for special occasions such as weddings and other celebrations. Making your own henna stencil allows you to create your own elaborate design without the fear of incorrectly staining your skin and ruining your henna design.

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Things you need

  • Plain paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Stick deodorant

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  1. 1

    Trace the body part where you intend to place the henna stencil onto plain paper using a pen or pencil. You need to have a rough idea of the size and symmetry in order to create a stencil that fits.

  2. 2

    Create the design of the stencil on the plain paper, working within the confines of the tracing.

  3. 3

    Tape the design over a piece of carbon or transfer paper and use a pen to trace the design. Be sure that you press hard enough to transfer the design to the carbon layer underneath the paper.

  4. 4

    Pull the layers of paper apart and use scissors trim down the carbon paper layer to remove any extra blank paper surrounding the design. The remaining paper becomes your stencil.

  5. 5

    Rub the skin area with a gel deodorant stick or a moist towelette to moisten the skin slightly. This allows the transfer to stick to the skin evenly.

  6. 6

    Press the transfer paper against the moistened skin carefully, gently smoothing out any air bubbles or wrinkles. Peel the paper off carefully to reveal the stencilled design -- just follow the lines with your henna applicator to create the tattoo.

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