My girls received temporary tattoos for their birthday and after putting a few on their skin, they quickly lost interest and left the remainder of them lying around the house. As I was picking up another pack, I had a great idea, I asked the girls if they would like to try making tattooed leaves, tattooed rocks and even try tattooed feathers.
They were as excited as I was to give this temporary tattoo craft a try.
I’ll admit that this activity was a little difficult for my six year old twins. Some would work out and some wouldn’t. It does take a little bit of practice and skill.
My eight year old was a pro and got most of hers perfect! As you’ll see the patience is worth the effort, they turned out just gorgeous!
Materials for adding tattoos to nature
- Temporary tattoos
- A couple of tissues
- Natural object: Leaf, rock, stone, log, stick or feather
How to put temporary tattoos on nature
- Give your bit of nature a gentle wipe down with a cloth. In this example I’m using a leaf but it’s the same process for every bit of nature, except feathers –see below.
- Cut out the tattoo.
- Take off the plastic. I left the plastic on WAY too many times!
- Place the tattoo face down onto the bit of nature.
- Wet a tissue with water and dab it onto the back paper of the tattoo. The paper needs to be fully soaked in water before you try to move the paper off.
- Now, this is the hard bit. Gently move the paper back and forth a bit. If the tattoo looks like it’s sticking then gently and slowly slide the tattoo off. If you’re putting a tattoo on a feather ensure you pull the paper off in the direction of the feather barbs.
Watch the video below
You could use this decorated temporary tattoo craft in so many ways. You could make a glorious garland by making tattooed feathers, or use tattooed leaves as birthday tags on a special friends gift. Try sprinkling tattooed rocks in your garden to make it extra magical too.
Give it a try, you’ll just love how pretty nature looks with temporary tattoos.