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Tattoo Time


My kids like fake tattoos and because they’re usually a whopping $1 a package so we indulge them.  The problem is they come in these horrible enveloped packages that I usually rip trying to open.  We’d consolidate, fold them over best we could, clip them with a refrigerator magnet and there they would hang. 

So the other day when the kids begged for a tattoo I thought there’s got to be a better way.  I hit my resource box (i.e. The box of packages I won’t let my husband recycle on the off chance I might be able to make something with them.) and found the brie container from this recipe I shared a few weeks back.  Then I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could get this to stick to the refrigerator and hide all the ugly tattoos inside it?



  • Any small, relatively flat package with an easy to open lid, we used the brie package
  • Mod Podge or glue
  • Paint or decorative paper
  • graphics
  • strong, flat magnets
  • double stick tape
  • hot glue gun



I started out writing detailed directions and then I thought…wait, surely everyone knows how to cover a box, paint a box, etc.  So cover that box with paint or paper and then head over to The Graphics Fairy for a graphic to put on the front.


Think of something clever to print out on paper, paint, use paper, use graphics, just as long as you cover the sides of the box.


Whip out the Mod Podge or the glue and go crazy with the graphics!


Okay, I AM going to explain myself here.  I started out by using the double sided tape to attach one of those thin magnets that comes with the phone book to the bottom of the box.  The magnet wasn’t strong enough so I used one from a broken clip.  I had to hot glue it on to the box.  It is on one end because when the tattoos settle, that’s where it’s heaviest.  The top is also able to create magnetic contact with the fridge this way.


When everything was said and done, the kids and I sat down to cut up all the tattoos so they’d fit in the container and also so they could finally pick one out.


Things to remember:

  • I put this on the side of the fridge…I don’t know if I’d trust it on a door.
  • Remember it’s FILLED with little pieces of paper, don’t open it until you’ve taken it off the fridge.  Yes, I opened it while it was hanging there.  I am that person.
  • If the lid doesn’t want to stay on improvise with double sided tape, hot glue, or even rubber bands around the sides of the bottom piece.  That way when you put the lid on it it has something to help it grip and stay closed.

I’m sharing this on a number of great linky parties across the blogosphere!

 Click here to check them out yourself!

Erin Sipes
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  1. What a great idea!Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of Modge Podge and have even bought a large bottle of it.. never used it! I need to get busy with that, don't I?

  2. You are silly "Yes, I'm THAT person" (who would open it when it was still hanging on the fridge) Guess what? Yup, I would have too! :D

    Cute idea and nice tut!

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy this morning :D
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  3. great idea! my favorite projects are ones that: 1) are free, 2)fill a need, 3)help organize my life! and 4) ARE FREE!!!
    score on all 4 counts!
    way to go, momma!

  4. Great idea - I always want to save interesting packaging too, I have to hide it to keep it from getting tossed though!

  5. Love love love it!!! You are so smart to have kept that cool Brie container . . . How resourceful and how chic!!! LOVE IT!!!

  6. this is a really fun idea and hmm I have a brie container I won't throw away too haha I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at

  7. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)


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