Today, I’m going to show you how to make temporary tattoos, then use them for some ADORABLE Easter egg ideas.
Living in the dark ages? Maybe I am, because I had no idea until a few days ago you could buy blank sheets of temporary tattoo paper. Did you know that? Well, I’m pretty darn excited about this news because now, there are so many fun, easy holiday crafts I’m going to be trying with the stuff. PLUS, the April fools opportunities here could be epic. I’m thinking MONSTER sized back tat with adoring hubby’s face??
Anyways these are the first of what I’m sure will be many-a-fun tattoo-utilizing craft: family photo Easter eggs. *This post contains affiliate links. Please read our full disclosure policy HERE.*
Last week, I pulled together my favorite Easter egg ideas from across the www. And one idea I knew I wanted to try were the photo eggs that were made by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry. They are precious. She used a different technique than I’m going to show you today. Her technique is super industrious, and doesn’t require this type of paper, so definitely check it out.
I did try one other transfer method before settling on using the temporary tattoo paper. It involved using freezer paper for transferring the image. The image transferred, but only very poorly. In an article that Country Living published, one of their editors had made some eggs with temporary tattoo paper, and the image quality was awesome. So after the less than stellar outcome using the freezer paper, I decided to go ahead and buy some tattoo paper, and I’m glad I did.
More than likely, you will understand the whole process without reading ONE MORE WORD simply by watching this one-minute video 😉:
quick video tutorial:
for family photo Easter eggs
hard-boiled eggs (room temperature)
very wet rag
how to make temporary tattoos to create family photo Easter eggs:
1. Create document on computer with desired image(s).
Here’s the one negative about this temporary tattoo paper. It’s pricey. And it’s kind of a one shot deal. Once you print on it and cut out your desired images, I don’t think it would be easy to re-print onto it again. SO, I decided to jam-pack my 8.5 x 11 sheet of tattoo paper with EVERY image that I could possibly imagine I’d want to put on an Easter egg…waste not, want not.
I used Word to create my image document. It’s pretty easy to add images into the publishing view. I used a cool feature that I hadn’t tried before on Word. Under the “format picture” tab, there is an option to “remove background.” I used this to pull faces of the kids away from their backgrounds in the images I chose, which really made the images cleaner when transferred onto the eggs.
Print a test page before you go ahead and print your images onto the real temporary tattoo paper. It’s too expensive to mess up!
2. Place plastic covering onto tattoo paper.
These instructions will come with the tattoo paper you purchase. I used Silhouette brand. Once I printed my page out, I had to take the plastic adhesive and apply it on top of the printed images. It only takes a few seconds. I smoothed the plastic down with a credit card.
3. Cut out desired tattoo(s).
The tattoos will turn out best if you stay really tight to your image as you cut. It will take a few extra minutes to do it this way, so if you have the time, great. Otherwise, just do what you can do…it’s not going to turn out awfully if you cut corners…or I guess don’t cut corners, in this case 😂.
4. Apply tattoo.
Before applying the tattoo, make sure your eggs are room temperature. I noticed that this process works best at room temperature, for some reason. I tried a couple on eggs that came straight out of the fridge, and NONE of the tattoos the cold eggs turned out well.
Grab a little bowl of water, and a washcloth. Make sure the washcloth is SOAKING wet. The wetter, the better.
Place the tattoo face-down on your egg, in the desired location. DON’T LET IT MOVE AROUND. Holding it still, soak the back of the tattoo. Don’t rub, just blot. Continue wetting and blotting until the paper naturally separates from the tattoo.
And that’s it!
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