How to Make a Temporary Tattoo

The sting of a tattoo needle isn’t your only option for cool one-of-a-kind tattoos. Use your computer to create a masterpiece for your skin.


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You Will Need

  • Word-processing program
  • Internet access
  • Graphic
  • Temporary-tattoo printer paper
  • High-resolution image (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Open a new document

    Open your word-processing program and create a new document.

  2. Step 2

    Insert graphic

    Insert a graphic into the blank document from a clip art file, scanned image, or the internet.

  3. Choose an image with a high resolution to ensure that your tattoo isn’t blurry when printed.

  4. Step 3

    Resize image

    Resize the image to fit the area of your body it will be applied to.

  5. Step 4

    Insert paper into printer

    Insert a sheet temporary tattoo printer paper into your printer.

  6. Put only one piece of paper in the printer at a time to keep the paper from jamming or smearing.

  7. Step 5

    Print and let dry

    Print your image and let it dry for a few minutes.

  8. Step 6

    Follow directions

    Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application and sport your new 'ink' with attitude.

  9. The tattoo machine was invented in 1891 by Samuel O’Reilly using an engraving machine built by Thomas Edison as his inspiration.