How to print your own temporary holiday tattoos


While you may not equate tattoos with the holiday season, temporary tattoos can be perfect for Christmas parties, kid’s parties, and New Year’s Eve. And with your trusty jet printer ink or laser, you can print your own festive holiday temporary tattoos.

  1. Buy temporary tattoo paper – you can find it at BelDecal or ($20 for five sheets of tattoo paper and five sheets of adhesive).
  2. Design your temporary tattoos. You can do this in any graphics program, such as Photoshop, but the tattoos should be small, and you’ll want to have as many designs on each sheet as possible. The best designs for temporary tattoos are the simplest ones, like clip art, not photos. If you decide to print words, you will need to flip them so they are mirror images.
  3. Once you have a sheet of tattoo designs, print out a test sheet on plain paper. If everything looks good, go ahead and put the tattoo paper in your printer – only print one page at a time.
  4. Let the printed sheets dry completely before touching them (you will need to wait about 3 minutes).
  5. Once the sheets are dry, remove the first side of the adhesive sheet and apply it to the tattoo paper. Make sure no air bubbles get trapped inside (easiest way is to use a ruler to flatten the adhesive as you stick it).
  6. Cut out each tattoo design.
  7. To apply a new temporary tattoo, remove the second side of the adhesive backing and press the tattoo against your skin for 20 seconds. Then wet the paper with a damp sponge or paper towel for 60 seconds. When the paper is completely wet, remove the paper and you have a (temporary) holiday tattoo!

Other fun holiday printing projects include turning photos into calendars, gifts, and greeting cards. And over the past few years, we’ve detailed how to print your own greeting cards, how to create personalized photo gifts, and how to design calendars.


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