DIY Temporary Tattoos


Whether you’re looking to try out a new tattoo or rock a fun design for a couple of days, these DIY tattoos are simple and cheap to make. Even better, you probably already have all the supplies you need at home!

When you’re deciding where to put your tattoo, be careful not to put it on body parts you move a lot (wrists, fingers, etc.) The constant movement causes the liquid bandage to wrinkle and peel off faster. Regardless, this is still a fun DIY that looks great!

Let’s get started!


What you’ll need:

  • Liquid or pencil eyeliner
  • Wax paper
  • Printer paper
  • Baby powder
  • Brush
  • Liquid bandage

Step 1

Print out a tattoo design on printer paper; they have great ideas on google images. If you’re feeling brave, draw it with a Sharpie instead! Once you do this, place the sheet of wax paper on top of the design.

Using either your liquid eyeliner or a gel pen, trace the design onto the wax paper.


Step 2

Flip the wax paper over and place it on the desired location for your tattoo. Make sure the ink is on the bottom so it transfers onto your skin! You’re going to use this as an outline for your tattoo.


Step 3

Peel off the wax paper and use either the liquid or pencil eyeliner to trace the outline you just made. Thicken and sharpen the lines so it looks like a real tattoo.


Step 4

Once you’re satisfied with your design sprinkle it with some baby powder. This will set the ink/pencil so it won’t smear when you put on the liquid bandage. After a few seconds brush off the baby powder. It’s okay if the lines look a little faded — they’ll become dark again when you put on the liquid bandage.


Step 5

Apply the liquid bandage to your design. This will seal it onto your skin so you’ll have a waterproof and lasting tattoo. Voila–your temporary tattoo is complete!


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