This past year we were the lucky recipients of a glitter tattoo kit from our local library. We had a lot of fun with the stencils and realized we could easily make our own stencils to make more glitter tattoos with the leftover glue. So, when St. Patrick’s Day came around last year, we had to sport some green glitter Luck to keep us from getting pinched. These are so easy to make and we have been able to make stencils for a variety of different shapes and themes to use throughout the year.
What You Need:
- Contact paper
- Permanent marker
- Fine glitter – the larger kind end up too thick
- Temporary tattoo glue – we had leftover that has lasted forever. I am testing to see if eyelash glue will work just as well.
- Small/inexpensive make up brush – like a blush brush to remove any loose glitter
- Paper plate – to catch all the extra glitter
My husband was kind enough to be my model for these pics.
Step 1: Trace your Shamrock (only has 3 leaves) or four leaf clover shape onto the contact paper. I googled it and traced it right off my computer screen. You can also print it and then trace it onto the contact paper as you can see the shape through the contact paper.
Step 2: Cut out the inside of the shape on the contact paper.
Step 3: Remove the contact paper backing and apply to your hand or desired spot on your arm. Try to make sure there are no bubbles on the inside edging of the stencil so you will have a defined edge.
Note: I don’t recommend applying glitter tattoos to your face. Although cute, there is a chance you could get the glitter in your eye and cause some unwanted issues.
Step 4: Apply a thin layer of glue and sprinkle with glitter. We used 2 different types of green glitter to get a fun effect. Lightly press the glitter down to make sure it covers the entire space. Try to do this over a paper plate or outside so you do not get glitter all over the place.
Step 5: Wait a few minutes so the glue is not completely dry, but it’s not set either before you slowly remove the stencil. If you see the tattoo coming up, stop and try removing another side until the stencil is completely removed.
Step 6: With your tattoo still over a plate, use the small blush brush to lightly brush any loose glitter onto the plate.
Step 7: Enjoy! These glitter tattoos, depending on the person who is wearing them, have lasted 3-7 days. They are really easy to remove with a quick scrub with a wash cloth or loofah.