Tie Dye Paper
Feb 27th, 2012 by Craftylocks


To be completely honest, this should be called ‘Dip Dye Paper’ as there is not a single bit of tied paper involved – but it sort of follows the tie dye fabric look that we are familiar with – so I will run with it!

You will need a sheet of tissue or similar paper and 3 colors of food coloring

Fold the sheet of tissue in a concertina.

Fold a triangle at one edge.

Continue folding triangles until you are left with a small triangle parcel.

Dip each point into a different colour dye and let it soak in so there is no more white visible.

Give the parcel a gentle squeeze to get rid of the excess dye – do this between sheets of newsprint and keep the parcel flat. Leave overnight to dry.

Be very careful when you unwrap the sheet as it will tear easily if it is still damp.

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Instant Zip-lock Bag Butterfly
Jul 26th, 2011 by Craftylocks


This is a paper craft for those looking for super simple crafting!

Great if you want to avoid mess or are in a rush, however children who like to carefully tear up paper and putting things in bags will enjoy taking their time with it.

You just need a zip lock bag, some tissue paper and a chenille stick. You can also use a plastic sandwich bag and sticky tape to close it. Tear up some tissue paper – you can just use two colors which can be quite striking or you can try and squeeze every color you have into it.

Pop the paper into the plastic bag and seal it.

Wind the chenille stick around the middle and use the ends for feelers.

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Scrunched Tissue Paper Easter Bunny
Apr 20th, 2011 by Craftylocks


This tissue paper craft is all about creating texture and this cute yellow bunny looks good enough to cuddle.

Draw the outline of a simple bunny shape. I used bowls to trace circles for the body and head. Don’t forget to leave room on the card to draw in the ears but use the whole sheet of card so the picture is not too fiddly to fill in. Draw in the ear, eyes and nose details and cut the bunny shape out.

Tear the tissue paper into small strips.

Scrunch one strip at a time and then dip it into the glue. Stick it in place on the bunny shape. It is best to do the eyes, nose and the pink centers of the ears first.

Fill in the rest of the bunny with the scrunched tissue. I used smaller pieces of tissue around the eyes, nose and ear details.

I covered the card completely with tightly packed tissue but you can play with the texture by scrunching the tissue paper less and letting the color of the card show through. Leave to dry well before cuddling!

More great Easter crafts on my Easter Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Tissue Paper Window Picture
Oct 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I love tissue paper, I love how it is so transparent, so I was delighted when we made this completely see through tissue paper picture for a window.

Well, I suppose you could have it on a wall, but it should really be where you can see the light shine through the paper. I have tried other ways of making a tissue paper collage, but it did not pass my easy to do test! I want to find paper crafts for children that are easy to do and work, and this one is pretty good.

You need plastic contact paper, some black paper and bits of torn or cut up tissue paper. Cut the outline of a simple shape out of the black paper. Peel the cover paper of the plastic contact and stick the black shape onto it.

Now hand it over to the children to do their thing with lots of bits of tissue paper. Their thing being covering all the sticky bits of contact paper with tissue paper. My daughter had a lovely time carefully selecting and arranging the colors on her bird. It doesn’t matter if the tissue paper goes over the edges of the black paper. When they have finished adding the tissue paper, cut the shape out again – trimming off any overlapping tissue paper.


Display on a window to really appreciate the colors of the tissue paper.


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Fathers Day Stone Paper Weight
Aug 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

If you are looking for a quick and easy last minute present for Fathers Day, this is great.

dad-rockYou just need a rock, some tissue paper and a bit of glue. Give the rock a quick clean and paste on some torn bits of tissue paper. Once it is dry, write on ‘My Dad Rocks’ and you have a very special paper weight for Dad’s desk.

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Tissue Paper Collage
May 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Tissue paper is a great paper for children to craft with!

tissue-paper-collage1Tissue paper comes in lot of lovely colors and is so much fun to tear and scrunch and layer. With this craft the children will sandwich the tissue paper between two bits of clear contact plastic to create a collage that can be used in so many different ways. To appreciate the transparency of the tissue paper use the collaged images to attach to windows or as a mobile in the children’s room. However this technique can also be used to make bookmarks or inserts for gift cards.

To create the collage you need some contact plastic – sometimes called ‘coverseal’, it is clear plastic that is sticky on one side. I cut out a piece twice the size of my planned collage and folded it in half. I pulled off the protective paper and arranged my tissue paper on one side of the contact plastic. Then I closed the other side over to seal the tissue paper in.

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The basic technique is pretty simple but I did have some issues with it, and it did not work as nicely as I hoped every time, sometimes bits of tissue would move and jump as I sealed the plastic. That is what happened with the final example here. The plastic also rarely sealed without wrinkles. I do not think that a big problem though. I also think that with practice and more care than I took it would work better. But I am interested in how easy it is for children, who like me, would not be interested in lots of practice or fiddling around to get it to work. All that said, I still think it is worth doing!

If you want to try some other tissue paper crafts for children I have a few more as I find tissue paper irresistible! Have a look at Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree, Easy Tissue Paper Flowers, and another cool tree idea Spring Blossom Tree.

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