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Make A DIY Metallic Tattoo Planter In Just Three Steps

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Make A DIY Metallic Tattoo Planter In Just Three Steps

Metallic tattoos aren't just for your skin! Thanks to this clever DIY, you can also use them to embellish planters. The project is so easy that even beginner crafters can take it on.

Plants are having a serious moment right now, and we can't seem to get enough. Even ladies with self-proclaimed "brown thumbs" have been giving the botanical life a try. It doesn't hurt that easy-care succulents, cacti, and air plants have also become insanely popular. And if you are a home design junkie, adopting plant babies also doubles as decorating. This is where this charming metallic tattoo planter project comes in.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Final

Yup, you read that right. This DIY tutorial uses metallic temporary tattoos, which are typically applied on the skin, as an easy DIY planter upgrade. You'll need nothing more than basic crafting skills and a couple minutes. Before you know it, your succulents can look just as trendy as you are.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Materials


  • Clay, plastic, or metal pot
  • Scissors
  • Metallic tattoos
  • Paper towel

For best results, use a planter that doesn't have a textured surface. As for the size? That's totally up to you. Just make sure you have enough metallic tattoos. Of course, the bigger the planter, the more tattoos you'll need.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Step 1

1. Cut out the tattoos of your choice, trimming as close as you can get to each image.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Step 2

2. Dampen the paper towel with water. Make sure it isn't completely soaked; excess water will make it hard for the tattoo to stay in place. Peel away the plastic layer from one tattoo and place it face down on the planter. Press the paper towel on top of it, applying firm and even pressure. Do this for 30 seconds or as indicated by the instructions on the tattoo's package.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Step 3

3. Carefully peel away the paper backing to reveal the design. If necessary, smooth out any rough edges with your finger.

Metallic Tattoo Planters: Step 4

Repeat steps 1 through 3 with the remaining metallic tattoos, using as many designs as you'd like. You can create a repeating pattern or add them at random. If you're into the minimalist vibe, use just one or two tattoos.

Unless you scrub or wash your pot, the tattoos should stay put. But if you'd like some extra security, add a layer of clear decoupage or acrylic sealer. However, keep in mind that this might dull down the metallic sheen of the tattoos. They'll still look pretty darn cute, though!