Real talk: I’m intimidated by wallpaper. Although there are some incredible patterns out there, wallpaper is expensive and seems daunting to install myself — especially when I consider putting it up in an apartment we’re only leasing month-to-month. You feel me?

Well, folks, my wallpaper woes were answered with this gem of an Instagram post by Guggenheim curator Sara Raza. Get this: She used TEMPORARY TATTOOS in lieu of wallpaper! So I decided to take her idea for a spin, with a little twist of my own. Scroll on to see how I used temporary tattoos to decorate white brick walls — in under an hour.

We scooped up these temp tats from Tattly, which makes tattoos designed by professional artists. So, in a way, this “wallpaper” is like having tons of bite-sized wall art :)

Now, onto the tutorial!

Materials and Tools:

  • temporary tattoos (we got our haul from Tattly)
  • sponge
  • water


  1. Peel off the plastic cover of your temporary tattoo, then place the sticky side on the wall.
  2. Press a wet sponge over the temp tat, and hold for 30+ seconds. (Pro Tip: If you want to catch the excess water from the wet sponge, place a dry sponge directly underneath the tattoo as you press.)
  3. Slowly peel off the tattoo backing. Let dry. THAT’S IT!

Bam! Much-needed whimsy was added to my room in under an hour.

Such a simple way to make the room just a little more magical, no?

Moving Out? Here’s How to Remove ‘Em.

Materials and Tools:

Simply douse the rough side of the sponge in nail polish remover, then scrub away the temporary tattoo. Done, son.

Pro Tip: Wear the leftover tats :) 

Are you trying this tutorial at home? We want to see the results! Tag your photos on Instagram with #britstagram so we can double tap :)

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DIY + Styling: Maddie Bachelder

Photography: Kurt Andre