I think this should be obvious, but I figured it would be best to put a little disclaimer up here since this post has been getting a lot of traffic lately. Basically – don’t be an idiot. Use a non-toxic glue stick (Do they even make toxic ones anymore?), don’t put the tattoo on your child’s face and don’t let them just eat it right off their arm or something. (Also, you probably shouldn’t let your 2 year old dump the glitter on your carpet unless you want a sparkly living room for pretty much ever.) And while this glue idea worked GREAT for a quick afternoon glitter tattoo, they don’t last very long. My sister-in-law brought some eye lash glue to Juniper’s birthday party and that worked fantastically. They lasted over a week! It made for a very happy little girl.
Last week I came home from work to a very passionate Juniper. She had watched a video on Youtube advertising glitter tattoos, and she had decided that she absolutely NEEDED them for her birthday. Juniper is a December baby, only a week before Christmas. And since my own birthday is only a week after Christmas I totally understand how that could stink. So when she was born I decided that I would always make sure she felt special on HER day. And if that means glitter tattoos, then she’s getting glitter tattoos!!!
I almost bought some stencils from Faketoos.com (I might still order them for her birthday party. I mean, it’s Pinkie Pie!) but then I thought, these couldn’t possibly be too hard to figure out myself. After a little internet research I found this technique. And I already had everything on hand, which made it extra awesome.
You will need a small piece of contact paper, scissors, a glue stick, and glitter. A paint brush helps with spreading the glitter, and you can also use cute paper punches to make stencils if you want.
Step 1- Cut out your stencil. Juniper really wanted a big butterfly, so I just cut it free hand.
Step 2 – Stick the contact paper on wherever you want the tattoo to go.
Step 3 – Cover the area in a good amount of glue. I found it easiest to place the glue stick down and then twist it around a few times before pulling it up, instead of dragging it around like if you were using it on paper. That helps the glue not go under the contact paper. Make sense?
Step 4 – Cover the area in glitter! Before it dries, pull off the stencil and admire your tattoo.
It’s pretty simple really, and the tattoos are very pretty. I might also be slightly obsessed with them. And look at that face! Even if these were super hard and expensive to make, that face would have made it all worth it! We have done several different shapes this week. (We went to church with matching purple hearts last Sunday.) They don’t last as long as “proper” glitter tattoos, but for a nearly-four year old, they are perfect. Flynn also likes them. Of course, he also likes dumping my glitter all over the living room… That boy.