Tissue paper isn’t just for wrapping gifts. During the holidays, it can be used to turn your home from drab and boring into colorful and alive! If you’re feeling artistic and want to spruce up your place for an upcoming holiday, try these fun arts and crafts.
• Tissue Paper Snowflakes
Make your home a winter wonderland just in time for the cold, snowy season and the wonderful holidays that it brings with it! Get your hands on tissue paper of varying sizes and shades of white and gray/silver. For added variety, look for tissue paper that ha a touch of glitter. To achieve dazzling patterns, fold your paper like this before taking to it with a pair of scissors:
- (1) Fold it in half into a triangle.
- (2) Fold it in half into a triangle again.li>
- (3) Fold the new triangle into thirds, taking each side and folding it into the center.
- (4) Cut the bottom off so that you have a new triangle with three straight edges.
If you’re having trouble, simply look up directions for how to make a six-sided snowflake. Once your down folding, grab your scissors and start designing!
• Tissue Paper Pumpkins
Make Halloween come alive with some spooky additions that are perfect for both inside and outside of the home. Grab some orange tissue paper and stuff it with something soft that won’t rip—like more tissue paper, toilet paper, etc. Use a brown pipe cleaner to fasten all four corners of the orange paper together, giving you a nice pumpkin-like sphere. With a black marker, give your new pumpkin friend a face. You can place them all around the home, and you can even hang them by string from the trees in your front yard!
• Tissue Paper Valentines
For your next Valentine’s Day, skip the card section of your local store. Make your own cards, instead! Cut a piece of white, pink, or red cardboard to the size that you want your card, and go to town on it with tissue paper of romantic colors. Get creative with borders, hearts, declarations of love, and little baby Cupids to give those close to you a personalized card like none that they’ve ever received before. For an added touch, try sprinkling your card with glitter and even sequins. Be sure to use the right kind of glue for each material to keep things from getting messy. Stick glue is great for the paper, while you should feel free to experiment with liquid glue for materials like sequins and glitter.
Nothing is better than a holiday accessory made from scratch. Especially when it’s something that you give to a person who is important to you—such as a Valentine’s Day card—they appreciate it so much when they know that you’ve made it with your own two hands. Put some heart into your holiday and go crazy with tissue paper!
Lisa Merritt writes for event blogs where you can learn about ways to use colored tissue paper.