Henna Published on October 25, 2013

(inspiration photos via Pinterest)

Along with our mini-obsession with block print (read all about that here), there’s another India-inspired design that still has us drooling: Henna! As evidenced by our Henna Statement Cuff, our design appreciation expands to symbolic pastures: a piece of art commonly used in the celebration of love (an important wedding ritual, actually)—so beautiful!

In India, I had the pleasure of getting my Henna done! What amazed me the most was how quickly the artist worked, and how the intricate detail of her art was so fluid and precise. What she drew was simply beautiful. 

Given our love affair with the painted adornment (some might even call it body jewelry!), we wanted to recreate the experience ourselves. Luckily, we stumbled upon a great DIY to try—something easy and fun to do in the confines of your own kitchen (and with a delicious cup of tea in hand!).

What you’ll need:

  1. Black tea (in a tea bag)
  2. Eucalyptus essential oil
  3. 1 cup of Henna Powder
  4. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  6. Icing bag with small decorating tip 


  1. Conjure up a sophisticated water mixture: Boil 2 inches of water in a saucepan.  Take the pan off the heat and add in the black teabag. Let it mingle for several hours!
  2. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the mixture and allow it to infuse overnight. This helps the henna stick around for a long time!
  3. Prepare a bowl of henna powder and ground cloves. Keep it close!
  4. The next morning, heat your fancy water mixture to a warm temp, then slowly add it to your bowl of henna powder and ground cloves. As you pour, be sure to stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until you are given a thin paste (similar to the consistency of yogurt).
  5. Add in lemon juice, and then add a little more water mixture until it resembles the consistency of toothpaste; a thicker paste, essentially!
  6. Transfer the paste into an icing bag fitted with the smallest decorating tip.  This will ensure for a smooth and prices application!
  7. Clean the area of skin that will be painted and rub a little eucalyptus oil over it.  This will extend the life of your art.
  8. Paint on the Henna in a design you love! We’re big fans of florals and paisleys!
  9. Let the design dry for half an hour, or until the paint starts to crumble off.
  10. Wait a couple more hours before you wash off the remaining paste!

And there you have it! Henna art to last, from a few days to a couple of weeks! (TIP: if you keep the area moisturized, it will last longer. So lotion up!).

Check out the original DIY here.