Are you looking for cute, on trend tissue paper crafts? Organizing a craft night for your family or friends is a great way to spend some quality time together. But what should you make? Tissue paper crafts are always a hit with adults and kids, and as you will soon see…..there are so many possibilities!
Here’s the ultimate guide you need for inspiration & ideas for all sorts of projects. From simple window decorations kids can make to intricate 3-D flowers and trees, you’ll find something to get your creative brain buzzing here. Get your tissue paper ready, and let’s get crafting!
What Can I Make Out Of Tissue Paper?
Honestly, the possibilities are endless. Tissue paper is a versatile craft material. You can layer pieces of leftover tissue paper on glass or clear contact paper to create a stained glass effect for your windows, jars, or candleholders. Create 3-D objects like flowers, trees, and animals using a combination of tissue paper and other craft supplies.
Here are some of the tissue paper projects in store for you below, in no particular order:
- tissue paper flowers
- candle holders
- party decor
- photo backdrops
- hair dye
- fabric dye
- holiday decorations
- and more!
What is the difference between Tissue Paper and Crepe Paper?
Tissue paper is flat and thin, usually sold in large sheets for gift-giving or in pre-cut squares for crafting. Crepe paper, on the other hand, is crinkly, a bit stretchy, and is often found in long strips or rolls of party streamers. It’s also thicker than tissue paper. However, you can also purchase crepe paper sheets from craft stores or online now.
Tissue Paper Crafts for Adults
You don’t have to be a kid to make gorgeous craft projects with tissue paper. Here are loads of tissue paper craft ideas grownups will love, and they’re proof that craft materials don’t have to be expensive. Get together with some girlfriends for a fun crafternoon making tissue paper blossoms or colorful home decor. Let’s get started!
Tissue Paper Dye Crafts
Have you ever used bleeding tissue paper? Learn cool ways to use this craft material for dyeing!
Honestly WTF has a fantastic tutorial for using tissue paper to tie dye a dress. Yes, you read that right! Dyeing fabric with tissue paper is a great way to get beautiful pastel colors on natural and synthetic fabrics.
The caveat, however, is that you MUST use spectra tissue paper, also known as bleeding tissue paper, in order for it to work. So far I have not found spectra tissue paper in any of the major craft stores but you can find bleeding spectra tissue paper inexpensively HERE
Did you know you can use crepe paper sheets to dye your hair? Mix the paper with a little salt until the color bleeds out, and then soak the ends of your hair for 15 minutes to get a cool Ombre effect. You can watch the full step by step tutorial at the video above.
Tissue Paper Flowers
Learn how to make tissue paper flowers, and you’ll be able to tackle any project using this craft material.
Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, baby showers, or a birthday party, large tissue paper pom poms are an affordable and beautiful way to dress up any occasion. Who better to teach us how to make them than the maven of event planning herself, Martha Stewart.
Turn heavy crepe paper into the prettiest peonies you’ve ever seen with this tutorial from Lia Griffith. Remember, you’ll need crepe paper specifically for this project, which is heavier and a different texture from tissue paper. Peonies will look beautiful in white, yellow, and light pink, too. Add them to gift bags, gifts, or to a vase to enjoy every day.
You’ll feel like you’re in a dreamy spring garden after you make an hang this gorgeous paper wisteria display made from crepe paper. It’s modeled after an installation at Anthropologie, and in my opinion, this is even better than the original! You’ll add pink and purple “petals” to embroidery thread and then hang the strands on a simple macramé hoop.
Hang it over your table in the dining room or kitchen, or add it to your baby’s nursery. Beautiful!
Is there anything more cheerful than a big, bright sunflower? Instead of fussing with figuring out tissue paper flowers on your own, use the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom flower kit, as you see here. The kit has enough materials for five big, puffy flowers.
The sunflowers in particular will make a cute addition to your fall-themed décor. Move over pumpkins… make way for the sunflowers.
Surprise a friend with a stunning bouquet of crepe paper poppies that’ll last forever. The petals are made with slightly crumpled tissue paper, while the centers are a light metallic paper with just the right amount of sheen. All in all, these poppies look quiet realistic and are a perfect craft for a wedding reception or bridal shower.
Get tropical vacation vibes with this crepe paper hibiscus flower from Lia Griffith. Make them to decorate a tropical-themed event (like a luau), to top a cake, or to pin in your hair for a pop of color with your new bathing suit or dress. Follow the easy step by step tutorial to make them!
Few flowers are more stunning than the anemone with its lightly colored petals and dark centers. Make a bouquet of your own using this step-by-step tutorial. In creamy white and pale pink as you see here, they’d make gorgeous wedding centerpieces or bouquets.
Use a flower punch to make quick work of these tissue paper hydrangeas. Glue them to Styrofoam balls, and you have perfectly puffy hydrangeas to complete a stunning wreath.
Kids and teens alike will love these flower bracelets made with wooden beads, a pipe cleaner, and tissue paper in different colours. A friendship bracelet with a touch of floral—love it! Visit Buggy and Buddy for the full tutorial.
If you’ve ever wanted loads of gorgeous flowers in your hair that will actually stay put, these accessories from Oh Happy Day are a terrific way to do it! Attach crepe paper flowers to headbands so they’ll stay perfectly in place.
They’re such a cute craft for a tea party for little girls, but they’re not just for children. A splash of color looks good on any age.
I bet you never thought you’d need a golf ball in your stash of craft supplies, but it comes in handy when making these beautiful flowers. You’ll use the ball to shape the flower petals, and you can get several petals from a single piece of tissue paper. Clever, right?
Tissue Paper Party Crafts
Get the party started with stunning and colorful décor. Your guests are sure to ooh and ahh over your tissue paper creations!
Create a stunning rainbow backdrop for your party photos using rainbow colored crepe paper streamers and white balloons inflated to different sizes. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, a rainbow party, or unicorn party!
Make a big splash at any summer party with these adorable ice cream cones make with pretty party hats and tissue paper honeycomb balls. You’ll have colorful party decorations made in just a few minutes.
Turn any gift into an absolute stunner with tissue paper accents. Tissue paper ribbon, pom poms, and scrunched toppers are easy to make and will definitely up your gift wrapping game for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions.
These mini piñatas from A Blackbird’s Epiphany are almost too cute to break open. Recycle a cardboard box (a cereal box works great) and cover the donkey (or whatever shape you’ve chosen) in bright tissue paper colors. Don’t forget to fill them with tiny sweets or sprinkles before stringing them up.
These floral party lights will turn your gazebo, pergola, or bedroom into a wonderland. Remember to use LED lights with your tissue paper flowers since they don’t get as hot as regular twinkle lights.
Dress up the favor table at your special event with these tissue paper wrapped toilet rolls topped with gorgeous tissue paper flowers.
An elegant way to dress up a table, this tissue paper garland will really turn heads at your event. The addition of the metallic paper really makes the tissue paper tassels pop when all strung together.
Make clear balloons look more festive with tissue paper confetti! Use scissors to snip tissue paper triangles, or try a hole punch in a circle, floral, or triangle shape. Use a funnel to work them into the balloon, fill with helium, and they’re ready for your event.
Want a craft that you can use again and again? Make this cool photo backdrop using chicken wire and tissue paper. It’s a lot easier than it sounds, costs less than $50, and is a big statement piece at a party.
Your tween or teen can also use it as a colorful piece of art for their room.
Tissue Paper Home Décor
Spruce up your home in a flash with one of these easy to make, gorgeous tissue paper pieces.
Day or night, this colorful garden lantern looks beautiful with a flickering flame. Even if you’re not crafty, you can totally tackle this easy craft. If you’re using it around small children, use a battery operated tealight.
Who wants boring plant pots when you can use tissue paper to make them pop with color? It’s such a perfect way to dress up your succulents and other green plants!
There are so many fun ways to make this butterfly wall art using tissue paper. You can use a wide variety of colors as you see here, or stick to different hues of the same color (purple or pink, for example). Alternatively, you could try an Ombre effect going from light to dark.
Make a tissue paper monogram letter for your bridal shower, wedding, or as a piece of wall décor in one of the rooms in your home. Use a flower punch to cut the tissue paper into flower shapes quickly, and then glue them in bunches to the letter. All in all, this project takes about 15 minutes! You’ll love the vibe these tissue paper butterflies add to a room!
Happy Hooligans shows how to make stained glass windows using tissue paper hearts, but really, you can adapt this for any holiday or season. Try flowers for spring, stars for Christmas, or snowflakes for winter.
It’s as simple as applying a large piece of contact paper to a wall or window and allowing your child to fill it up with colorful tissue paper shapes.
Use bleeding spectra tissue paper to create stunning watercolor process art using no paint at all. Crafts by Amanda has a great tutorial showing us how to make a beautiful bird painting by layering, scrunching, and blending the paper to get the desired effect.
Thrifted vases and tumblers are a great thing for DIY makeovers, like these stained glass votives made with tissue paper and mod podge. This is a fun craft to adapt to various holidays and seasons for display in your living room. You can cut or punch any shape or size to fit your décor style.
Sit your drinks down on the prettiest coasters ever. To make them, you’ll need wooden coaster blanks, various colors of tissue paper squares, Mod Podge and a sealer. Layer the small squares haphazardly, ensuring none of the wood shows on the top surface, and then seal it to make the finished product.
This is one of our favourite tissue paper crafts because they’re practical, useful, and make beautiful gifts.
Making tissue paper bottle art is a fun way to spend an afternoon with the whole family. I mean, look how stunning they are! The kids can get in on the decoupage fun because it doesn’t have to be perfect— bigger pieces, thinner pieces—they all work. In fact, overlapping gives the bottle a cool layered effect when finished.
You can style them with tissue paper flowers or curly branches.
Tissue Paper Halloween Crafts
Here are some fun tissue paper crafts for the spookiest day of the year….Halloween!
Throwing a Halloween or Thanksgiving party? Make these tissue paper pumpkin favors filled with goodies to surprise and delight your guests. They’re also a fun project for a Cinderella party… remember the carriage that turns back into a pumpkin at midnight?
I’d say this confetti-covered pumpkin can officially be dubbed a funkin! Faux pumpkins and tissue paper circles are a match made in Halloween heaven. You can cut different shapes or sizes of tissue paper based on your own personal Halloween style. Experiment with different colors to find something you love!
Fluffy and colorful, these pretty tissue paper pumpkins will look great hanging in your foyer or above a table at your Halloween party.
String up a colorful tissue paper banner for Halloween (October 31st) or Dia de los Muertos (November 1st). Use the template to guide the designs for your sugar skulls and flags.
This bright orange tissue paper wreath will look fantastic on your door for spooky season! Dress it up with some black ribbon, spiders and spiderwebs, and perhaps a small “Happy Halloween” sign.
This fun candy corn door wreath is actually made from dyed coffee filters, but you can save a lot of time by using tissue paper instead. For one, it’s already dyed, and two, you can scrunch it up to get a similar effect for this simple craft.
Talk about cheap party décor and an easy way to decorate fast—these tissue paper ghosts from Rhythms of Play are super simple to make using white tissue paper and cotton balls. For larger ones, pair big sheets of white tissue paper with large Styrofoam balls. Hang them up on your porch for a spooky effect as they blow around at night.
Any fan of the Tim Burton classic will adore this Flying Zero craft. Though it seems the template is no longer available, the shapes are fairly simple to recreate yourself.
Fright Night is not so scary with these cute luminaries in the style of some of your favorite Halloween characters. You have a ghost, a couple of pumpkins, Frankenstein, and a vampire all made with mason jars, tissue paper, and Mod Podge.
Tissue Paper Christmas Crafts
These cute Christmas crafts will make a great addition to your annual holiday decor.
Deck the halls with inexpensive wreaths made from tissue paper. It’s way more affordable than using greenery and just as cute! Let the kids in on the fun—they can make wreaths for their bedroom doors.
Origami stars are the perfect touch to a star-studded Christmas tree this holiday season. No wire is needed; just pop the stars in anywhere your tree is looking a little bare, and they’ll stay put.
When the weather outside is frightful, this light will be so delightful! With white, orange, and black tissue paper, you can make a snowman in a jar in a jiffy. Pop in a little candy for a cute glowing decoration you can enjoy all winter long.
These Christmas crackers are an excellent way to reuse and recycle old tissue paper. Fill cardboard tubes (like toilet paper tubes) with small trinkets and goodies, and wrap them up in tissue paper, tying the ends to make the holiday crackers.
Worried about pets, babies, or toddlers wrecking the tree? Instead of a traditional pine, go with a tissue paper Christmas tree this year. There are no fragile lights or ornaments to break… only fluffy paper in lots of fun colors and patterns adorn the paper cone.
Ditch the traditional red and green colors in favor of options that are a little more fun and funky. Fringe tissue paper ornaments combine pink, gold, and mint for a bold look.
Add a tissue paper snowman to any gift to make it super special. It’s so cute the recipient may not want to open it, actually! You could also make a snowman on a colorful canvas for some fun holiday art that you’ll love putting on display every year.
Tissue Paper Easter Crafts
You’ll have a great time making these springtime crafts with the kids!
Did you know that you can print on tissue paper?
Simply secure it to a piece of cardstock and run it through the printer to make a cute floral design. Then, adhere those floral patterns to craft an Easter egg using Mod Podge. They’ll look simple and elegant.
If you don’t have a printer, find patterned tissue paper or disposable napkins with designs you like to achieve a similar look.
Combine tissue paper honeycomb balls with cardstock to make the cutest tissue paper chicks you’ve ever seen. Sure, they’re terrific for Easter, but they’ll also fit in perfectly for a bird-themed baby shower or nursery. With a little bit of creativity, you’ll figure out how to turn these honeycomb shapes into a variety of animals.
Bouncing bunnies, cute chicks, and colorful eggs are all super easy projects you can make using honeycombs. You don’t have to stick with pastels, either; the bright colors make gorgeous bunnies and eggs!
Tissue Paper Summer Crafts
Get total summer vibes with these cool crafts for hot weather.
Lift your spirits with a breathtakingly beautiful rainbow. Sketch a rainbow outline on drawing paper, and fill it in with colorful tissue paper—one pack per color.
Don’t worry about sticking to the ROYGBIV rainbow if you don’t want to. Muted colors or different shades of the same color will look just as fabulous.
Celebrate the sweet things in life, like strawberries! Here’s a fun and simple tutorial for turning honeycomb tissue paper hearts into bright red strawberries.
Throwing a luau or pool party? Make these easy tissue paper pineapples to decorate the tables. You’ll need yellow tissue paper to make the pouf, green tissue paper for the leaves, and a glue gun to bring it all together.
Make patriotic 4th of July favors out of recycled materials like cardboard tubes and tissue paper. Fill these cute rockets with candy or confetti to make your Independence Day bash a blast.
How cute would this rainbow wall hanging look in your child’s room hanging in the window or on the door? Although it will take a while, you can shave off a bit of time by using a large heart-shaped hole punch. Isn’t this a great idea for a rainbow-themed baby shower?
Tissue Paper Crafts for Kids
Looking for some colorful tissue paper art projects for the kids? These crafts will allow kids of all ages to get creative while practicing their fine motor skills to cut, glue, crumple, and more. Make these easy tissue paper crafts at home or in the classroom.
Every year on May 5th in Japan, Boys’ Day is celebrated with windsock carps. Now you can make some of your own using toilet paper, tissue paper, twine, and a dowel. It’s a great craft if you’re studying Japanese culture with your children or students.
Kids can make these gorgeous tissue paper sunflowers to celebrate the transition of summer into fall. It’s easy to get the shapes just right using the printable template as a guide. The layered orange and yellow petals really make this flower pop.
Looking for a crafty activity for rainy days? Make this colorful rainbow sun catcher with the kids. The rainbow is easy enough for young children, but even your older tweens and kids will think it’s pretty awesome.
Put it in a window that’s visible to neighbors and passersby to remind everyone of brighter days to come.
Pink flamingos are, by far, the coolest birds around. I just love their bright pink color and the way they stand, don’t you? Make your own elegant flamingo décor that’ll fit right in at any summer-themed party.
The best part is that the flamingo stand only costs about $2 to make. The tissue paper flamingos are perfect for older kids and teens.
These tissue paper and craft sticks flowers are as pretty as they are practical. In addition to just adding a pop of color around the house, they’ll tuck nicely into a book to serve as beautiful DIY bookmarks. Perfect for Mother’s Day!
You can’t help but smile when you look at that happy little paper plate sun with crepe paper rainbow streamers (or strips of tissue paper). What a fun way to learn about how the sun helps make rainbows after a storm.
Watch this video to learn how to make tissue paper marine life like a sea turtle, crab, a seahorse, and more to serve as decorations for an under the sea birthday party or baby shower.
When spring arrives, it’s time to think of beautiful colors and windy days. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a stained glass kite craft to decorate the windows. You only need a few simple materials to make them: contact paper, tissue paper, black construction paper, and scissors.
They make wonderful classroom decorations, and the kids will have so much fun making them!
Grab the printable template and get to work on this totally adorable tissue paper craft from Fireflies and Mud Pies. Color in the body with markers, and then add tissue paper to the circle to make the shell.
For little hands that can’t get the hang of using the pencil to place the tissue paper squares, crumpling tissue paper will work just fine. Pop on some googly eyes and a cute smile, and your snail is ready to display on the fridge.
Ladybugs are a symbol of luck and good fortune, and I Heart Crafty Things has the cutest tissue paper ladybugs around. Crumple red and black tissue paper to make the ladybugs body and polka dots, add pipe cleaners for antennae, and don’t forget the paper legs and googly eyes.
Try this water lilies collage when you cover frogs or ponds with your kids. Layers of tissue paper and construction paper are used to create a dreamlike scene fit for a frog prince.
Red Ted Art has lots of creative ideas and free kids crafts, including this fascinating tutorial for making tissue paper puppets. While she made wise men, you can use the same concepts to create dresses and clothing for other dolls and puppets using tissue paper pieces, too.
The next time you find yourself with a big stash of tissue paper, come back to this post and make something crafty. From flowers, wall hangings, and home décor for the adults to cute tissue paper animals and stained glass crafts for the kids, there’s plenty here to keep you busy. Which one is your favorite tissue paper project? Did we miss something? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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