tissue paper art

There are a lot of walls to fill in our new apartment, so I need artwork ... the cheaper the better. And unlike art I've made previously, this is one project I don't want to look homemade. I made these canvas "prints" using stuff that I already had on hand - blank canvases, tissue paper, and mod podge.

I've been holding onto this tissue paper for years. I've used a sheet or two on the occasional special present, but for for the most part I've been saving it for a special project, not knowing exactly how to use it.

  • So first, gather your supplies. I think this would also work well with pretty wrapping or scrapbook paper, but tissue paper works especially well because it is so thin. If you don't have any canvases to cover, you could cover a thin piece of cardboard and put it in a frame. You'll also need Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and a picture hanger if you are using a canvas.
  • Cut the tissue paper to the size of the canvas, leaving about 2 inches to wrap around each side.
  • Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the front of the canvas.
  • Carefully lay the tissue paper on top of the canvas. Working from one corner, press the tissue to the canvas, smoothing out any wrinkles and bubbles. You can pull the tissue up if you make a mistake, but be gentle because it is so delicate, especially when wet.
  • Apply Mod Podge to the sides of the canvas and wrap the tissue paper around it, as you would wrap a present. Set aside to dry.
  • When the front and sides are dry, flip the canvas over. Apply more glue to the back of the canvas and press the tissue paper to secure. I added a top coat of Mod Podge over the back edges to make sure they would not come up.
  • Add a picture hanger and find a the perfect spot to display your new, one-of-a-kind artwork.

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40 comments:

Kair said...

That looks great!

I have no idea where you could find tissue paper that is that cute though.
Thanks for the tutorial! :)

The Harris Family said...

Wow they are so pretty. I love the tissue paper...I would have saved it too.

Staci said...

Those turned out beautifully. Thanks for the new project!

Nichole said...

that's a fun idea. they look great!

Erin said...

that looks really pretty. i would never have guessed that it was tissue paper!

Melanie said...

I have blank canvases sitting around waiting for a project, this might be the winner.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Ooooh! I love! Must post! May I? Please?

Wendy said...

Those look really nice!

Jill said...

thanks, guys!

Mod Podge Amy - yes ... please do. :)

claudia said...

That is such a great idea! And I love that tissue paper. Cute!
I was thinking while I was reading the steps to doing these that maybe a person could use a single color of tissue pape and put it on the canvas and let it get crinkled up and folded over itself. I don't know how to explain it, you do so much better than I do!

Janelle said...

Looks awesome, Jill. I might try this one. I still need some artwork in Elliot's corner.

Lindsay@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

GET.OUT.

Lindsay said...

Super cool. I am in desperate need of artwork. You are saving the day. Thanks Jill!

Just Us Two said...

Looks great! I'm going to do this as soon as I find so pretty tissue paper such as yours.

fergusandme said...

we're going to try this today! like you, we have everything on hand -- thanks so much for the great how-to -- yours look perfect!

Heidi said...

Awesome! I have been trying to think of artwork to hang over my fireplace, and I think you have saved me! This is a fantastic, easy, inexpensive idea. Thanks, Jill!

MizAngie said...

I love our projects! Fabric works great for this, too. And for a kid's room, the fronts of outgrown tshirts (especially team shirts for little boys). Tshirts make great decorative pillows, too.

Keep inspiring me!!!

Cara said...

That's a great idea.

Sara said...

What a Fantastic idea!

Chad & Bonny Day said...

Oh MY GOSH!!! I love your blog! Yours was the first craft blog I looked at, and will always be my favorite, You have the best ideas, I'm doing this TODAY!!!

Douglas said...

Fantastic simple idea! I think I will make some...I'm not very crafty, but I CAN us Modge Podge.

Douglas said...

Actually Jill, Douglas is me, Alyssa :)

Lisa said...

It turned out beautifully!! I love this, and it looks easy enough for ME to do!!

Lisa B.

Elise said...

Jill, you are brilliant. These last two posts were genius! And by genius, I mean that even a non-genius like me can handle them.(P.S. L misses O and I miss U.)

The Henrich Family said...

NICE!, Jill. where did you hang them? Can't wait to see pics of the apt. Marc & Michelle are here with the girls...talk to you soon.

baballa said...

I just discover your blog, and i love it jill.
Great, i'm a follower!!

just_a_girl said...

love the tissue paper artwork. great idea!

Hoosier Homemade said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Katie said...

This is beautiful. I love the tissue paper you chose.

Bloom said...

great idea! I'm constantly on the hunt for cute, cheap art for my home. I've done fabric-wrapped canvases before, but tissue paper would be much easier to work with.

Fun Frugally said...

This is a great idea - and so easy to do! I've made several of these just using scrapbook paper. As the decor of my rooms changed, I changed the paper. I've also heard of using wrapping paper and fabric. Thanks for posting - reminds me that I wanted to make a couple of these for our bathroom wall.

Tess said...

stunning wall art. I love using tissue paper but I always tore it and then decided to always tear it. Your pieces look great.

Sabrina @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

love it! one more thing for me to start hording!

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Lanie said...

Beatiful! I linked to your post in my Friday Favorites. ~Lanie

Sheri@childmade.com said...

That was some pretty tissue paper! I love how it looks translucent. Thanks for sharing. I've posted a link.

The Cowgill Family said...

I love this- it looks great! Since I saw this project I have been on the hunt for pretty tissue paper, but cant find anything good. Do you have any suggestions of where I can find some?

Anonymous said...

LOVE this idea. I am starting to collect tissue paper to do something with...and now I will have to keep my eyes out for some CUTE paper ... GREAT post!!!

Scrapbooking Ideas said...

Great idea! Tissue papers are indeed thin and would be great for this project! I'm making one at the end of the week. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of any place I would be able to buy canvas. Does Hobby Lobby sell them? If so do you have any clue as to about how much a small one would be like the ones shown. Thanks!