How to Make Wall Tattoos

by Shaunta Alburger

Contact paper cut into shapes and adhered to your wall makes a modern, stylish wall tattoo. This is the perfect solution if you rent, as the tattoos are completely removable and leave no trace or damage behind. Use shapes for your tattoo, or get more ornate. Whatever you choose, this is a great way to be creative as you decorate.

Items you will need

  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Diagram
  • Rubbing alcohol
Step 1

Purchase contact paper that is colored or patterned. Look for paper that is vinyl on the top and sticky on the back. It will have paper on the back that you peel off when you're ready to adhere the tattoos to the wall.

Step 2

Decide on the pattern or design you want for your wall tattoo. Circles are easy to make and look dramatic. Consider using stencils for more complicated designs, or hand draw the design yourself. Make a chart for your tattoo and number each piece so you know which to adhere first.

Step 3

Trace the pattern pieces to the back of the contact paper, on the part you'll peel away for adhering. Number each piece, so you know what goes where.

Step 4

Wash the wall and dry it. Use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to remove any oil or grease that might not come off with regular cleaner.

Step 5

Cut out each piece of the tattoo. Adhere the pieces one at a time, according to your diagram and the numbers on the back of each piece. Work slowly, smoothing the piece as you lay it down to keep any air bubbles out. If you make a mistake, simply pull the paper back off the wall and either lay it down again, or if that isn't possible, make a new piece.