How To Make Temporary Tattoos From Dried Flowers Because Metallics Are So Latest Coachella

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The temporary tattoo fad you might remember from elementary years past has reemerged from the nostalgic graveyard and is now all the rage, thanks to Beyonce and the cool kids at Coachella this year. If you really want to embrace the ~artsy~ lifestyle, why not try learning how to make temporary tattoos yourself? Because, listen: we’re not talking about the same tattoos we remember stuck to our skin and rubbed in with a damp washcloth in the ’90s. It’s 2015, people! We’d like to think we’ve evolved from our ten years and are a little more original than that – not to mention a little crafty thanks to the billions of DIY projects scattered across the web.

Fashion blogger Emily Geraghty of This cheap female dog recently took inspiration from this flash trend. Due to her fascination with temporary tattoos and a serious Pinterest frenzy (of course), she decided to try her hand at a dried flower temporary tattoo made from scratch – and I’m thrilled to be able to share with you his brilliant and beautiful creation. All you need is a few minutes of your time, about four or five colorful flowers of your choice, a microwave that will work well enough for 30 seconds, eyelash glue (or petroleum jelly if you’re temporary to the extreme) and hairspray.

Step 1: Gather the rosebuds while you can.

Or any flower you find suitable for your original tattoo. For her tattoo, Emily chose a beautiful variation of pink and dark purple African violets and red carnations.

Step 2: Press it very well.

And quick! Traditionally, flower pressing could take up to three weeks, and by then that flash fad might have passed. To speed up the process, Emily first placed her flowers upside down on a paper towel on a plate. On top of her flowers, she then pressed another piece of paper towel, covered with a second plate. By popping the plate in the microwave for 30 seconds, Emily’s flowers were sufficiently dried.

Step 3: Transfer as soon as possible.

DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT allow said flowers to dry on said plate before peeling them off to move the flower petals. Over time, the flowers will dry out on the paper towel and it will be very difficult to peel them off. That being said, immediately peel the petals off the paper towel and lay them face up on a fresh surface.

Step 4: Get a temporary tattoo.

Adhere your flower tattoo by applying eyelash glue to the desired area and gently tap the pedals into place. Seal your non-ink with hairspray for extra hold. If you’re looking for an even more temporary temporary tattoo, skip the eyelash glue and apply petals over petroleum jelly!

Step 5: Shamelessly show off your (un)ink!

You’ve officially been tattooed temporarily, and with such beautiful body art that you’ll want to share with the world. Instagram that baby, go to a music festival near you, brag about enjoying that spring weather at a BBQ, or just chilling with your friends. You will want to take full advantage of this DIY again and again. Guaranteed.

Want more sweet crafts? You can follow Emily on Facebook, pinterestand instagram.

Images: courtesy of Emily Geraghty

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