Inspiration : bird tattoos + DIY temporary tattoos

I've been having a love affair with bird motifs since many years now, so my heart skipped a beat when I saw a flock of birds' tattoo for the first time. I've been collecting them since then. I know bird tattoos are currently super trendy, but I love them anyway!









As far as I'm concerned, I'm not ready for a tattoo (I have a VERY low tolerance to pain), so as an alternative, I opted for temporary transfer tattoos! Yes, just like those we found as inserts in bubble gums when we were kids.

You need :
1. A design
2. Printable temporary tattoo paper and a printer
3. Scissors, a sponge and a hairdryer

1. I made mine using my own flock of birds design. You can make yours either from scratch or using vector images, or you can upload a copyright free image you love! I particularily love this dandelion and birds design for a tattoo.

2.  You can find printable temporary tattoo paper here or  here or at many other places. I found mine at my local craft store. If you have an Inkjet printer, make sure your paper is not made for laser printers. Simply print your design on the paper.

3. Use scissors to trim away the white area around the tattoo design, peel off the clear layer of plastic, position the tattoo on your skin and wet the tattoo with warm water using a sponge, take the paper away, dry the tattoo with a hair dryer, and enjoy!

It can last up to 7 days, but mine started cracking after 4 days, so I dissolved it with baby oil.
I felt like a little girl, and it was super fun!

36 comments:

  1. Fun! I never thought of making my own (temp) tattoos - what a fabulous idea!
    Love these bird tattoos - this is actually a tattoo trend I could get on board with - I really adore them!

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  2. I really love the tat ideas! don't let the real deal freak you out. Its not that big a deal. Mine is on my foot which is supposed to hurt really bad and it didn't. Go ahead and do it up! :) - Leah L.

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  3. Oh, what a gorgeous collection! I did a post on crafty tattoos last week, and have fallen in love with bird tattoos, now!

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  4. Thank you for your comments!
    So happy you liked this collection Amanda and Jessica!

    You're right Leah, I'm really thinking about it, maybe I should go ahead and do it! Glad to know yours didn't hurt that much - it gives me courage ;)

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  5. Wow! Thanks for this post. I didn't even know that this paper even existed!

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  6. I will definitely be getting a bird tattoo now. im serious.

    just don't know where. probably on my foot?

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  7. Cool idea! I've been wanting a real tattoo, and this would allow me to do a test run. Or if I chicken out, I can always just stick with temp tattoos!! :)

    Love your blog!
    Lauren
    http://31diy.blogspot.com

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  8. I can't find any of the tattoo paper :( can you tell me what brand you got? I love this idea!

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  9. Thank you all for your comments! I'm sure you'll have super gorgeous fake (or real?) tattoos!

    @bethpearce :
    Sorry for my late answer!
    I used the brand Folex. I saw that you could buy some on Ebay - search "printable temporary tattoo paper" or "inkjet tattoo paper".
    The owner of the shop "buttonhead" on Etsy is also super sweet and can make you custom temporary tattoo with your design. You can check out this link : http://www.etsy.com/shop/Buttonhead?section_id=7073733
    Hope this helps!

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  10. I love this idea. I have never really liked the notion of permanent tattoos. Aside from the fact that I have never seen one age well, my style changes too much over the years to be stuck with something I put on twenty years ago. But I have always loved the idea of body art. This is a way to express your self without painting yourself into a box.

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  11. Anonymous8/09/2011

    If you can't get the special temporary tattoo paper, and the design is something that is just linework, lettering etc, you can always buy a sheet of carbon paper from an office supply/stationary/art supply store (the dark blue/purple kind, not graphite carbon) You simply print the design out, place it on the carbon sheet, and carefully but firmly trace over the lines to get a carbon copy on the back of your printout. Then use detoll (or the USA equvialent) on the area, let it air dry until it's tacky, and place the stencil on top, pressing it down gently. Let it dry very thoroughly before touching it, it will stay for several days and doesn't leave any gummy residue. It's exactly how many tattooists do stencils for people who want to 'try on' designs for a few days :)

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    1. what a great idea! the only thing I have concerns about is the toxicity of the inks, and the potential for allergic reactions. How is it different from actual tat ink? Never underestimate the power of your skin to bring toxins into your system.
      I wonder which inks work best, and which ones are safest.

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  12. @AnneElizabeth : I SO agree with you!

    @Anonymous : Oh this is so cool! Thank you so much for sharing, I'm going to try it out!

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  13. Anonymous9/29/2011

    I love these, they're gorgeous! There are some really nice bird temporary tattoos by Ink Illusion. They're like birds holding up jewelry and crystals or you could just wear the bird on it's own.

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  14. Anonymous9/29/2011

    www.inkillusion.com.au

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  15. Anonymous11/24/2011

    http://pinterest.com/pin/15270086206180413/
    Thought you may enjoy my tattoo. A lot more color than these but still lovely :) at least i think so

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  16. Anonymous12/20/2011

    I'm getting one to represent the lost of my first child. I just love the idea of him flying off to a better place

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about the lost of your child. I think a bird tattoo is a beautiful tribute.

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  17. you can buy temporary tattoos at 24hourtattoos.com

    I bought some they are awesome, they allow you to upload your own custom designs.

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  18. This is gorgeous. Myself and about 60 of my friends have bird tattoos. Check us out at oftenawesome.org or http://www.allacesmedia.com/oftenawesome/2010/11/15/episode-24-a-flock-of-tattoos/

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  19. What an awesome idea! I totally need to do this!

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  20. Thanks for the post! I'm afraid of needles and this is a great option.

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  21. I have a very low tolerance for pain as well, but I have two tattoos now (I NEVER thought I'd ever get one at all haha). The one on the lower right side of my back was rough with the outline, but I have one on my foot and it only hurt a lot twice while having it done, and that is nothing. Once having it done, you feel so pleased with yourself and so proud that you did it :) Using temp tattoos and drawing things on yourself in places you might like a real tattoo are very good ideas, in my opinion. That's what I did :) Tattooing needles are not like the kind that prick you at the doctor's, it's a different sensation, that's why people become addicted, just beware of that haha :)

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    1. Haha, I don't think I'll ever get addicted to needles :) Thanks for sharing Jessica!

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  22. Thanks for this. I'll use this tip to make grasshopper tattoos for my son's birthday party.

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  23. Stumbled upon your blog to this entry. Loved it! I too love bird motifs. I actually got my very small & simple bird tattoo 4 years ago this month. From the moment I walked in the door to being tattooed took maybe 15 minutes. I took my own drawing...I'd totally share :)

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    1. It's so great that you took your own drawing! I would love to see it if you ever want to share a photo :)

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  24. Nice Idea. Keep up the good work

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  25. Fun! I never would had thought of this! I had to share your idea (http://diy4mommies.blogspot.com/2012/11/remove-temporary-tattoos.html). Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Love the birds tattoo. I have very low tolerance for pain too.
    Wanna try out the temporary tattoo. :)

    http://www.fayrealm.blogspot.com

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  27. Anonymous5/21/2013

    An excellent alternative to permanent tattoos. I'm afraid people forget that one day ther bodies will sag and the shape of their tats will change accordingly. This point was brought home to me while helping my 100+ year old grandmother get dressed - not pretty. Add a misshapen tattoo and YIKES. All I'm saying is that temporary tattoos are the way to go - especially if ling term implications are not considered.

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  28. I consider tattoo arts as a self harming art. It can be a hobby but what if we can use removable tattoo arts. For an example a grad student in my campus was using tattoo arts as a draw flowchart diagram tattoo to his back. and he keeps changing it since it was removable.

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