Bindi (Forehead Decoration) – How to Design Your Own Bindis (Pottu) at Home

If you ever happen to visit a village fair in India, you will find these bindi stamps (pottu achu in Tamil) sold by small vendors. I got mine a long time ago and I have made a good use of it over the years. I have always loved to draw elaborate bindhi designs with my hands using a good eye liner brush. Designing your own bindhis is not very difficult, but you need a steady hand to draw the bindhis from scratch and loads of patience.

But these bindhi stamps take out all the hard work of bindhi designing and the best part is they usually have all the shapes that we can think of. Usually a bindi stamp will have up to 20 to 25 individual stamps of different designs. I usually make a base design with the bindhi stamp and then add a few touches to the basic design and it usually results in a stunning and unique bindhi design. These bindhi stamps also have fun shapes like animals that small girls will enjoy a lot.

If you are a person who is allergic to chemical based eyeliners, then please try out my homemade eyeliner and use it a base for bindhi designing. To make the bindhi design, first apply a thick coat of homemade eyeliner on the bindhi stamp and then press it lightly once on the forehead without shaking your hands. It is very important that you press it lightly and remove it without shaking the hand. If you press it firmly, it smudges and the design looks all messed up.

Now you will have a beautiful base design. With the help of a good fine eyeliner brush, add further designs to the bindhi. You can even add stones that are available everywhere, to make bridal bindhis. If you use the homemade eyeliner as a base, you can draw bindhis for very young girls too, without worrying about any skin allergies. You can even try it out with different colored liquid bindhis available in the market, if you are not allergic to store bought liquid bindhis. But when you are using liquid bindhis on stamps, make sure to use little or they will smudge.

How to Design Your Own Bindis (Pottu) at Home

1. Choose the base for the bindi design, I used my chemical free homemade eyeliner.

2. This is how the bindhi stamps are sold.

3. Choose any one stamp and apply a thick coat of the home made eyeliner.

4.Press it lightly once on the fore head and remove the stamp. If you feel certain areas are not clear, you can finish it up with the eye liner brush. But please don’t press the stamp again on the already made design. This is the base design, you can keep a stone in the middle and draw using this design as the base.

4. You can also use bindhi stones to create bridal bindhis. I just did a simple design for a bridal bindhi. You can do elaborate designs with the base design.


  • The quality of the brush also matters a lot, so try to find a good quality eyeliner brush that will help you to draw fine lines.
  • I have no experience with liquid bindhis, but I have seen people use it.
  • The trick to perfect bindhi is to press lightly once and remove it.


  1. AparnaRajeshkumar
    February 20, 2014 / 3:59 am

    i use to do ramya, and i did so many crazy bindhi's !

  2. Anonymous
    July 4, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    All your products are nice and affordable

  3. Shivapriya Supp
    December 30, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Where do I get bindi stamps online. I'm from malaysia

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 31, 2014 / 4:13 am

    Hi Shivapriya,I am sorry, I don't know where you get bindi stamps online. I got mine from a country fair near my place……

  5. Vasanthi
    April 16, 2015 / 6:58 am

    where i can get bindi stamps in hyderabad

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Dear Vasanthi, These stamps are usually sold mainly in small country fairs, but you can try it in traditional bangle and bindi shops in Hyderabad, sometimes they might have it….

  6. Arati H
    May 20, 2015 / 4:54 am

    Hi Ramya,Any idea as to where these pottu achus are available in Mumbai? Will I get them in Matunga? Or can you refer me a site where I can buy them online?Thanks! 🙂

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Hi Arati,I am not familiar with Mumbai shops and I tried to find a good online site that sells bindi stamps. I could only find one and that too it was very very expensive! The best bet is to try in country fairs, you get them very cheaply….

  7. Keerthi
    June 8, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Hi Ramya,Can yo share the online site where they sell bindhi stamps

  8. Gayathri
    April 10, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Hi, where can I get this bindi stamp in chennai

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 29, 2016 / 11:40 pm

      Usually you get this bindi stamp in small fairs, I am not sure where you get this in Chennai….

  9. Maya S
    May 11, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    hi i am usha from bangalorecan you help me were do i get this bindi stamps

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      I really wish I could but these bindi stamps are sold mostly in country fairs only…

    • Anonymous
      May 25, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Hi, You can find these kind of stamps in bangalore-Agara area.There is a lady with small cart infront of Thirumala theatre. You will find this set.I bought it for my daughter after searching a lot of places.Hope this helps someone.

  10. Anonymous
    August 1, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Where do we get bindi stamp in hyderabad

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 6:04 am

      I am not sure where you get bindi stamps in Hyderabad. Usually bindi stamps are sold in country fairs but some beauty stores (small stores that sell bangles and bindis) usually have it, I have not seen them in high end shops 🙂

  11. Anupriya Sujin
    November 30, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    How can I buy bindi stamp kit

  12. Roshani Mallarirao
    January 4, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I want buy ths plz send appropriate site to online

  13. Fun With Beauty Freaks
    February 14, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Hello, how do i use the stamps with kumkum? I have stamps that were sold with kumkum.

  14. Fun With Beauty Freaks
    February 14, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Hello, how do i use the stamps with kumkum? I have stamps that were sold with kumkum.

  15. Crystal Reed
    March 12, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Could you direct me to a website online where i can buy some stamps? Because the website you posted in a comment above is no longer available.

  16. Anonymous
    April 23, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    does the pottu achu come in wood not metal as i feel metal is not safe to use for the application?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 24, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Pottu achu usually comes in metal and I have not had any allergies using the metal nor any of my family members. I have not seen it in wood anywhere, even I would love to have it in wood…:)

    • Anonymous
      April 28, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      My concern is I hope its not made out of aluminum which is not safe for mind…Priests make amazing pottu designs I wonder how they do them for Devi. I think they may paint them with a paint brush? They close the curtain so I never know how they apply it….I wonder originally what the achu was made of, if metal which specific type of metal, if wood which type of wood. That is a sensitive area of the body so we must be careful with what it comes in contact with.

  17. Anonymous
    April 28, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    BTW, we tried this using a metal stamper we found here and eyetex. Don't use eyetex it is very thick and the designs come out fuzzy/not clear. Didn't look good. It seems a more thin solution gives crisper design.

  18. Unknown
    March 9, 2018 / 8:55 am

    From where to buy the bindi stamps..hard to find it online.

  19. Mom
    August 18, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    May I know where i can get in Bangalore

  20. Prakhyati
    December 14, 2021 / 11:54 am

    Were can we get bindi stamps

  21. Prakhyati
    December 14, 2021 / 12:00 pm

    In Hyderabad I saw some in amazon I am if they are safe or not .

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