Thrifty Thursday: Painting with Tissue Paper

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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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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