How to Make Temporary Tattoo Paper With Tracing Paper

Updated April 17, 2017

Skip the pain of the real thing and make your own temporary tattoo. You can fool friends and family by making your own personal and customised temporary tattoo. Make temporary tattoo paper easily just using tracing paper and a few things you probably already have around the house. Your temporary tattoo can last up to three days with proper care.

Choose a graphic, art piece or wording that you want to use for your tattoo. Keep in mind the size, colouring and area of the body where your temporary tattoo will be placed.

Lay your "tattoo" art down on a light box and then trace that art onto tracing paper. An indelible ink pen works best for this project.

Rub a generous amount of clear gel deodorant on the area of your body where you want your temporary tattoo to be placed. Place the coloured side of the tracing paper on your skin over the clear gel deodorant and then hold the drawing to your skin for at least 30 seconds.

Peel off the tracing paper from your skin. Peel carefully and make sure that the art has been transferred from the paper to your skin.

Use a black sharpie to outline your "tattoo" and then use coloured sharpie pens to colour in the art work as desired.

Use a cotton swab to apply alcohol carefully over the tattoo. This will create a faded, realistic look to your temporary tattoo. Use a make-up brush to apply baby powder all over your tattoo.


If you want your temporary tattoo to last longer, apply tissue on the temporary tattoo and seal the design with cling film whenever you shower or sleep.

Things You'll Need

  • Art work (design of your choice)
  • Light box
  • Tracing paper
  • Indelible ink pen
  • Clear gel deodorant
  • Sharpie pens (various colours)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swab
  • Make-up brush
  • Baby powder
  • Tissue
  • Clear cling film
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