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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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Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree
May 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

hand-tissue-treeTake children’s hand shapes and create a forest.

Paper crafts using children’s hands shapes are a great buzz for them. They get to make something cool and integral to the whole thing is their hand.

This time trace around part of the arm as well to make the trunk, the fingers will be the branches. Trace the shape onto brown paper and glue that onto your background paper. Then chop up lots of autumn or fall colored tissue paper into small pieces. Scrunch the bits of tissue paper up, dunk them in a bit of glue and then pop onto the tree.

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You could also make a spring version of the tree and use pink and white tissue paper. If you like using tissue paper like this then check out Blossoming Tissue Tree for another idea.

There are more paper crafts for children for this season at Autumn or Fall Crafts for Children

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Easy Tissue Paper Flowers
Apr 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Blooming Tissue Paper

tissue-flowers11This a fun paper crafts for children that grown ups love too! Great results really fast, and you can make so many variations, my kinda craft. I first did these as an activity at my daughters ‘crafty’ 7th birthday party – they were a huge hit. And even better, after a few simple instructions the party goers were all able to make them independently. I have started to get a little more creative with them and made some with fancy stamens and different types of petals. Any tissue paper shape that can be threaded onto the pipe cleaner is worth trying!

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If you want to make these then have a look at the free step by step tutorial. Or download the free PDF Worksheet on how to make these – PDF Worksheet – Tissue Paper Flowers.
Also for a bit of fun, a speedy demo – Speedy Tissue Paper Flower Demonstration Movie

This is great for spring – check out other spring craft ideas.

My original idea came from the excellent book by Klutz; Tissue Paper Flowers. It makes it really easy to follow and has lots of ideas for uses.

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Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial
Apr 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

The materials you need are just tissue paper and pipe cleaners. It is a ‘not very messy’ paper crafts for children – we need those sometimes!

tissue-flowers1 Cut various shapes from tissue paper. The shapes do not need to be neat.
tissue-flowers2 Roll one end of a pipe cleaner into a snug spiral.
tissue-flowers3 Start threading the pieces of tissue onto
the pipe cleaner.
tissue-flowers4 Keep threading more pieces of tissues
onto the pipe cleaner.
tissue-flowers5 Push all the tissue to the end and
scrunch and shape the flower.
tissue-flowers7 Now make lots of flowers using different colors and shapes.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. Worksheet – Tissue Paper Flowers PDF.

See the super speedy demo Speedy Tissue Paper Flower Demo

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Speedy Tissue Paper Flower Demo
Apr 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

A movie demonstration that zooms through the making of a tissue paper flower.

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Spring Blossom Tissue Tree
Mar 28th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Blossoms to life with tissue paper.

tissue_blossom-tree2This is a great impact for not much effort activity! For those parts of the world approaching spring it is also perfect seasonal arty crafty fun for kids. Blow ink, or runny paint, or dye, or food coloring around on some paper with a straw – make sure that if the children are doing this that they practice BLOWING first. Try to blow in one general direction to get some branch shapes. Then glue on little scrunched up bits of pink or white tissue paper on or near the branches. An super duper paper crafts for children activity with WOW impact!

Watch as this tree pops into life in the Blossom Tree Movie

This is great for spring – check out other spring craft ideas.

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