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DIY: Sailor Jerry Tattoo Eggs

Long-time readers and followers know that I adore unconventional, off-beat ideas. This project is no exception! With Easter (already) less than a month away, the egg tutorials have been rolling out left and right. I actually thought of this last year, but too late into spring  so this year, I’m sharing this well in advance.

Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, this is still a unique and fun spring project to make if you love traditional tattoo flash art or Sailor Jerry.


  • Faux Eggs
  • Printable temporary tattoo paper
  • Inkjet printer
  • Cloth or towel
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent marker
  • Water* I used a pack of 12 white faux eggs that I purchased last year, but brown eggs would work great to keep that traditional parchment look.

1. Print a sheet of Sailor Jerry images onto the temporary tattoo paper. Make sure you’re familiar with the way your printer works; the images must be printed on the glossy side of the paper.

I simply pulled off images from the web and cropped out the parchment background as much as possible. Then, I pasted them in a Microsoft Word document and re-sized each one. The final size of each “tattoo” is up to you; feel free to print the same image in a variety of sizes to see what you like best. (Remember, printing out these tattoo images is for personal use only!)

2. Peel off the backing from the adhesive sheet, and carefully place on top of the images. Tip: Line up the corners, then slowly pressing the adhesive and pulling the backing away.

3. Smooth out any air bubbles with a hard object, such as an old credit card or stapler.

4. Cut out the images.

5. Peel away the plastic backing. The adhesive will have stuck to the image.

6. Stick onto the egg.

7. Wet with a damp towel or cloth, adding pressure.

8. Once it’s ready to be peeled away, the paper will easily slide off. Continue with the remaining images and add some stars with a black marker.

Repeat, repeat, and repeat some more.

I am obsessed with how they turned out. Again, I’m sure they’ll look even better with brown faux eggs – maybe next year!
If you are planning to use your eggs for more than just decor (such as an actual Easter egg hunt) you can spray them with a clear acrylic sealer. My recommendation would be to place each egg on a large jump ring or thick wire shaped in a circle while you spray them. I’m sure you can also find conventional egg decorating tools (in stores) to aid in this process.
For more spring DIY projects, check out the following tutorials:
How to Make Bird's Nest Cookies for Easter
DIY: Floral Eye Trinket Box
Sailor Jerry Easter Eggs DIY

Happy spring crafting!


xx K