DIY Faux Tattoo

August 28, 2019

faux tattoo of cool cat illustration by hello small world

I remember as a kid how fun it was to get faux tattoos! I don’t even remember where you got them — maybe from those gumball machines with plastic egg-type containers?!? Sometimes you got a cool tattoo & sometimes they were just eh, okay.  I would always wear them either way J If they had this magical thing called temporary tattoo paper back when I was a kid, no one gave me the memo. It’s so handy and not even just for tattoos! I bought some last year and used it to decorate Easter eggs. But, now I’ve finally tried it out for its intended purpose as a faux tattoo & it worked even better than on the eggs!


  • Temporary tattoo paper — I used Silhouette Tattoo Paper
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Editing Program (Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp, etc.)
  • Cricut OR Silhouette OR scissors
  • Washcloth
  • Water

It’s pretty easy from here. Follow the instructions that come with the temporary tattoo paper. If you aren’t using their premade images available with say a Silhouette or Cricut, make sure you reverse your image before you print it because my tattoo paper instructions did not remind me and I forgot the first time!

After you print them and they dry, add on the adhesive and then cut them out…I just used scissors to cut out mine.

The best apart about printable tattoo paper is that you can make whatever kind of faux tattoo you want!