Thrifty Thursday: Painting with Tissue Paper

Mar 5, 2015 by

Today’s Thrifty Thursday craft project is not only easy and fun, it’s also super-duper colorful. Who couldn’t use a little extra color in their lives during these bleak winter months? Maybe this was my way of summoning spring. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly ready for it.

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own tissue paper painted canvas:

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  • Bleeding art tissue paper (Unfortunately, regular tissue paper will not work for this project. I tried 3 different craft stores first but surprisingly none of them carried this type of tissue paper. Thank goodness for Amazon! Here’s the one I bought)
  • Plain white canvas or watercolor paper
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors and/or paper punch (I own a circle paper punch so I decided to use that)
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (not pictured)


Cut strips or shapes from the art tissue paper. If you’re using a paper punch, I found the easiest way to do so was by stacking multiple pieces of the art tissue with a piece of printer paper. I found the tissue paper to be too soft on its own to punch out without feeding the piece of printer paper in with them. Older children can help with this part but I recommend that you do this ahead of time for young children. Use the sponge brush to paint the canvas with water. Without the water the colors from the tissue paper won’t bleed onto the canvas. Place your pieces of tissue paper all over the canvas. Feel free to overlap them too! (Warning: the ink from the tissue paper will get on your hands if you’re not careful so you may want to wear gloves. We didn’t use gloves and the girls luckily didn’t end up with very much ink on their hands. Almost all of it came off when they washed their hands after we were done.)


Almost finished

Almost finished

  • After you’ve finished adding all of your tissue paper pieces, use a spray bottle to spray some water over the top of them.
    Spraying water over the top

    Spraying water over the top

    All set. Just waiting for the tissue paper to dry!

    All set. Just waiting for the tissue paper to dry!

  • Let the tissue paper dry completely and then remove the pieces to reveal your masterpiece!
  • So pretty!

    So pretty!

    Pretty cool, right? I love how colorful it turned out and can’t wait to find the perfect spot to display this little touch of spring in our house.

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    Create it Saturday: Toilet Paper Pumpkin

    Sep 29, 2012 by

    Well, the good thing is that just by reading the title of this post, you know you have at least one of the things needed to make this fun fall craft…that’s right…toilet paper! Fall is definitely my favorite season and this super easy-to-make pumpkin definitely looks great as my new dining room table centerpiece. It’s the perfect festive accent and I will be able to display it throughout the Fall (not just around Halloween)!


    • roughly 22″ x 22″ square of fabric (fall colors look best – think oranges, yellows, browns, and reds)
    • 1 Double Roll of Toilet Paper
    • Batting – roughly 14″ x 14″ square (paper towels or a plastic grocery bag can be substituted)
    • 1 brown paper grocery bag
    • hot glue (or tape)
    • 2 silk fall leaves

    The above picture shows a paper towel roll as one of the materials. I later decided to use the paper bag for a stem instead.

    What to do:

    1. Lay out the fabric and then place the batting on top. Place the roll of toilet paper in the center. (If you don’t have batting, you can substitute semi-crumpled up paper towels, or even plastic grocery bags to add texture.)

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    Create it Saturday: Grandparents Day Edition

    Sep 8, 2012 by

    WARNING: If you are the grandparent of my children STOP reading IMMEDIATELY! You’ll ruin the surprise…As for the rest of you, please carry on.

    In case you were not aware, Sunday September 9th – tomorrow – is Grandparents Day. My girls are extremely lucky to have 5 wonderful grandparents that absolutely cherish and (of course) spoil them! That being said, I wanted to find some meaningful way to honor them. You know I am all about craftiness so I began looking a little bit online for ideas. There definitely were some cute crafts I found on but decided to put a twist of my own to their multigenerational hanging frames craft.

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    Create it Saturday: Rubber Glove Finger Puppets

    Sep 1, 2012 by

    My oldest daughter, Caroline, is two and a half years old and I have noticed lately that her imagination has really begun to develop. I listen to the conversations she has with her imaginary friends (one of which is named Peter and he is only about 4 inches tall) and find them absolutely adorable! I know I’m biased, but I totally think she’s a genius!

    Creativity and imagination are so important and I want to foster those attributes to the best of my ability. This week’s Create it Saturday activity is designed to do just that! So, break out that old rubber glove you use(d) to wash dishes (or buy a new set) and let’s get creative!

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    Create it Saturday: Watercolor Wonder

    Aug 25, 2012 by

    Today’s Create it Saturday project is like an art project and science project all in one! The best part? It’s easy-peasey and fun for the kiddos.

    What you will need:

    • watercolor paints
    • paintbrush
    • paper
    • salt

    Have your little one cover their paper with the watercolors.

    Next, sprinkle salt over the wet paint. (Hint: the “magic” won’t happen if the paint is dry)

    Point out to your child how the salt is absorbing the water to make that special effect!

    Once the paint is completely dry, wipe off the excess salt and there you have it! Your watercolor wonder!

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