Want to make some colorful and fun DIY wall art? Hi! It’s Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks. Today I’m sharing a really easy way to create unique, handmade art that’s colorful, happy, and affordable! We recently moved into a new place and I’m embarrassed to say that my son’s room is still severely under-decorated. I was all set to buy some prints, but gosh, the ones that I liked ended up being pretty pricey. Eeek! Since I’ve made easy artwork for our walls before (like this Magazine Strip Silhouette Art, Hexagon Honeycomb Wall Art, and Jasper Johns inspired Wall Art) I put on my crafty apron and made some artwork this time around too.
Can you guess what I used? Gift wrapping tissue paper! Yup! I got a huge pack for dirt cheap and there were just a TON of color options. Ready to make your own tissue paper artwork? Let’s get started!
- Gift Wrapping Tissue Paper (The more colors, the better!)
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Sharpie Marker
1. Make sure your hands and area are clean and dry! (Tissue paper is so thin and will stain easily!) Then, doodle your image on a sheet of paper that’s similarly sized to your canvas. (Or, you could just cut out random shapes too. Feel free to have fun!)
3. Using your doodle as a guide, cut out your tissue paper shapes. (Tissue paper is really thin. I found it much easier to cut out precise shapes when I placed the tissue paper on top of my doodle and cut. The paper added stiffness.)
Ok- This last step was the hardest! Tissue paper is SUPER thin, so it tears and wrinkles easily. Here’s what I learned after making 3 pieces of artwork:
- You’ll get wrinkles. But it’s ok. Wrinkles add texture!
- Dab gently. You’re not exfoliating skin here, you’re gluing something very, very thin onto canvas.
- For large pieces – place the piece on first, then lift up a portion of the tissue paper and dab Mod Podge onto the canvas. Then, press the tissue paper down. Once it adheres, repeat the procedure with other smaller portions. Work from one side to another. Then, coat the entire area with Mod Podge.
- Some tissue paper colors will bleed. It’s ok. Handmade things aren’t perfect.
To find other fun, inexpensive, and kid-friendly crafts, visit my blog Pink Stripey Socks.