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A lot of people consider getting tattoos and then decide not to go through with it. Many of these folks opt for temporary tattoos, which they can apply whenever they are in the mood to make a statement with their body or express a point of view. It's fairly easy to make your own temporary tattoos, whether you have the ink or need to make it yourself.

Sift the henna powder to remove clumps.

Put one trouser sock inside another so they form a double layer, and pour the henna powder into the sock.

Twist the top of the sock so it won't come open, and place the sock in a container that has a lid. Shake the container roughly, sifting the powder through the sock.

Open the container and remove the sock. Pour the sifted powder into a small bowl.

Pour in some lemon juice and mix well until your new substance is the consistency of runny mashed potatoes.

Add a tablespoon or so of honey, which will thicken the mixture a little and help the coloring stick to the skin.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for several hours. Check the bowl every hour to see if the dye has been released. You'll know it has when the surface of the mixture starts to turn brown on top and dark green underneath.

Spoon the mixture into a squeeze bottle that has a very fine tip.

Apply the tattoo ink by squeezing it on your skin in the desired pattern.

Allow it to dry, then carefully cover the design with boiled lemon juice and sugar.

Dry the tattoo with a paper towel, then wrap the design in plastic wrap and leave on overnight.


Start with simple designs and work your way up to more complicated and intricate designs as you gain experience.


Apply the tattoo on exfoliated, clean skin.