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Wedding Temporary Tattoo Favors

Updated on April 14, 2015

I have been making Buttonhead custom temporary tattoos for years now. Over the years, I've received a lot of interesting requests, like “Can you design me a tattoo of a blue monkey riding on a tricycle”. Yes. Yes, I can. However, many of my requests lately have been from newly engaged couples looking for wedding temporary tattoos for their big day. People are getting bored with the same old uninspired wedding activities. It's time to mix things up! Temporary tattoos are easy to apply, fun to wear, and leave guests with a lasting memory that you don't need laser surgery to remove.

I've spent countless hours researching, drawing, and coloring the most popular tattoo designs to re-create.
I've spent countless hours researching, drawing, and coloring the most popular tattoo designs to re-create.
Dolphin tattoo for a beach themed wedding.   Note: The image appears horizontally flipped until it is applied.
Dolphin tattoo for a beach themed wedding. Note: The image appears horizontally flipped until it is applied.

The Design

I have a growing collection of dozens of designs to choose from! I've spent countless hours researching, drawing, and coloring some of the most popular tattoo designs to re-create for the occasion. Hearts, skulls, flowers, nautical, Vegas style, and even a few funny ones. Several of my most popular designs include free text customization on the banner. I also have a rotating collection of non-customized wedding theme sets that come ready-made and fully fabulous. I'm always working on new ideas too, so there is also a good chance that fresh artwork is currently in the works!


I offer two types of packaging for these babies: Basic or Dress It Up!

Basic packaging includes a set of instructions, paired with the temporary tattoo and placed securely in a clear waterproof zip bag.

Dress It Up Packaging add flair and a finishing touch to your temporary tattoo favors. First, we create a personalized tan color card, which displays a non-mirrored version of your artwork. Each card is precision-cut, scored, hand-folded in half, and securely stapled to the top of the zip bag. The finished favor is bona fide fabulous!

Basic vs. Dress It Up Packaging
Basic vs. Dress It Up Packaging

Reception Set Up

So, you've got these cool tattoos. What's the most efficient way to let everyone try on their new toy? I recommend setting up mini tattoo parlors at each table. If you're the crafty type, you can even build and decorate a container to hold the supplies. If you're not so crafty, your wedding planner can help with the set up.

Here's what each station will need:

  • scissors

  • a sponge or towel

  • warm water

  • a hair dryer (or a hand-held fan, if you're outlet deficient)


How To Apply

Now, here's the fun part! Applying the tattoo is very simple.

1. Using scissors, carefully trim away the white area around the tattoo image.
2. Peel the top clear layer of plastic away from the tattoo paper. Throw the plastic away.
3. Position the tattoo where you want it to go, and hold it in place firmly for 1 minute allowing your hand to slowly heat the glue.
4. Using a sponge or towel, wet the tattoo with a conservative amount of warm water.
5. Let the warm water dissolve the tattoo paper until it gently slides away, leaving only the image on your skin.
6. Dry the tattoo with a hair dryer until it is no longer sticky on the surface.

Your new temporary tattoo is very durable. It can last up to a week, if you take good care of it. Avoid touching the image, even though it is tempting. Be sure to re-dry it with a hair dryer after showering and avoid covering it with clothing before it has dried again completely. Flat surfaces of the body work best for a temporary tattoo. Applying a tattoo to a jointed area of your body (ie: wrist) can cause it to crack.

You can easily dissolve your temporary tattoo at any time with baby oil. It can also be peeled off with hot water and steam.

Video Demo!

Fabulous Feedback

“Our wedding was fabulous and people LOVED the tattoos!!!!”
-Allison and Kenneth

“Some of my friends thought I was crazy when I told them about this, until they saw them! People can not wait for our wedding and to wear your tattoos. Thank you!"

“I heart my tattoos. They are going to make awesome favors for our rockabilly wedding. Thanks!!"

Note: Image appears horizontally flipped until applied.
Note: Image appears horizontally flipped until applied.
Note: Image appears horizontally flipped until applied.
Note: Image appears horizontally flipped until applied.


For a totally unique, handmade alternative wedding favor (and a guaranteed good time that your guests will be talking about the next day), the pricing is actually very reasonable. I offer wholesale rates starting at 50 tattoos, with continuing price breaks at 100, 250, and 500. Check out the website to see all of the various options. I think you'll be surprised with how easy they are to work into your budget.


Like the idea? Want to place an order? Just have a question? Boogie on over to my shop for more info!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      How smart you are to come up with this idea. Your tattoos are beautiful. Now days with so many people having tattoos I'm sure there are lots of them that would love these for their weddings. Voted UP

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Cool idea!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a fun way to make things a little different for a wedding or anyparty come to that. Great idea

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      vintagelove 5 years ago

      This is SUCH a great way to spice things up at a wedding! What a cute, fun way to do something different. Love this idea!

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      What a great idea. Thanks.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Up and awesome, what an unusual idea for wedding favors!!

      Thanks for SHARING, anyone wanting to liven up their wedding should check these out.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I hadn't thought of temporary tattoos for a wedding, but these look like a good idea.

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      aquariann 5 years ago

      What fun! I've had requests for my art on temporary tattoos, but haven't investigated how to make them yet. Thanks for the nudge.

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      Kala 5 years ago

      What a fabulous idea and I love your designs:) Happy New Year!

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      Christie Cottage 5 years ago

      These are cool!

      Stopping by from Blogging Buddies

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      Denise 5 years ago

      What a cool idea!!

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      Stela 5 years ago

      Awesome idea!

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      dita 5 years ago

      I just bought a set of temporary tattoos and I love them! Really nice idea for a party!