What You Need:
- ¼ cup henna powder (available at Middle Eastern/Indian grocers or beauty supply stores)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup brewed coffee or tea
- 1 teaspoon eucalyptus or tea tree oil
- Plastic bowl and spoon
- Plastic wrap
- Frosting applicator
- Fine-tipped paintbrush
What You Do:
- Have your child measure ¼ cup henna powder into the bowl. She should smash any clumps with her spoon. If the powder is too lumpy, help her sift the powder until it becomes finer.
- Next. she can pour in ¼ cup lemon juice and stir.
- Have her measure and add ¼ teaspoon of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. She can add ¼ cup or less of brewed coffee or dark tea as needed. The end result should have the consistency of toothpaste.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 6 hours, but not too much longer so it doesn’t get hard.
- Next she can apply the henna ink! Have her wash and dry her skin first. Keep henna away from clothes as it will stain. Have her spoon the mixture into a frosting applicator, or turn a sandwich bag inside-out and snip a tiny hole in one corner to make a pastry bag. Let her carefully pipe a picture or abstract design on her arm or leg. She can also use a fine-tipped paintbrush to draw the designs.
- Once she’s done, she can lightly brush away any dry flakes to leave behind a smoother design. Let the design dry, and it is okay if cracks appear when drying. Result: henna happiness!
(NOTE: Some homemade henna ink mixtures leave behind a design in a brown/green tint rather than the usual reddish brown color seen at fair and festival henna booths. Your results may vary depending on your ingredients!)