Play With Temporary Tattoo Image Transfer to Wood

It seems like every birthday party we attend we come home with more temporary tattoos than we know what to do with. Sure, we could tat ourselves up for days (and sometimes our kids do), but sometimes there's just a few more than even they can handle. 

So, what do you do with all those temporary tattoos you have laying around? Let's use them for art! The process is simple, the supplies are minimal, and the results are seriously like magic (seriously, we are still astonished every time we try this project...and we've done it A LOT). 

Here's the 411 on what you will need for this project (please note affiliate links are included. Thanks for your support!). 

Temporary image transfer to wood supplies craft


-Temporary tattoos of your liking (we love this series, but we have not found any type of temporary tattoo that hasn't work).

-Wood Medallions (Love these)


-Artist Sponge (This is our Fave)

-Bowl with a little water (We use these bowls/cups)


Temporary tattoo image transfer to wood

Step 1: Cut out all of your tattoos to size. They don't need to be perfect, but it helps to cut them smaller so you can easily see where they will be placed on the medallion. NOTE: Do not use a water-based art supply like markers or water color paints on the wood medallions before adding the tattoo, unless you give the medallions a long time to fully dry. If you surface is wet your tattoo will not transfer. 

Step 2: Using the crayons color the medallion. You can color loosely or add pressure and make the colors from the crayons richer. It's up to the artist.  


Step 3: Select a tattoo. Remove the plastic top-covering and discard. Place the tattoo  face down onto your medallion. Wet your sponge lightly and wring out any excess water back into its container. Apply the sponge to the tattoo and press firmly. Make sure the tattoo gets completely wet. Count for 30 seconds as you apply pressure with the damp sponge.


Temporary Tattoo Transfer to wood

Step 4: Remove the sponge and grab a corner of the tattoo and begin to peal the tattoo paper off of the medallion. The Tattoo image should have transferred to your medallion. Viola! You are done!

What to do with those medallions?

wooden doll house

Wondering what to do with those medallions? There are all sorts of fun ways to use them. Here are just a few of our ideas:

1. Create a Matching game

2. Drill a small hole in the top to create a charm necklace, ornament, or gift tag

3. With wood glue add a dowel to the back and place in your garden (The tattoos are water proof!).

4. Drill holes into multiple medallions and thread onto yarn, twine, or other thread to create a banner. 

5. Use them as artwork in a doll house

6. Hide them around town for people to find as special little treasures. 

7. What else can you do with these medallions? Share over on @kidartlit on instagram tag #kidartlit. 


Transfer Temporary Tattoos to Wood