Recycled Tissue Paper Crafts

Recycled Tissue + Glitter = Great Ornament!

Recycled Tissue + Glitter = Great Ornament!

Here I am on the eve of Christmas Eve, planning out my New Year crafts! One of my resolutions is to use MORE of what I’d normally toss or recycle, and use up what I’ve got in my crafting studio before I run out and buy new.

SO! With that in mind, I’m suggesting you keep on eye on those tissue-paper bag-fillers and pretty holiday wrap…fold it up nice, and tuck it away. Let’s use it for ornaments and thank you gifts!

Today I’m sharing an ornament craft. YEAH, I know that the season is over, but you could A), tuck it away for next year, B), use a heart-shaped ornament and get a jump on your Valentines’ Day decorations, or C) use an egg-shape for spring. It’s a good technique and recycled craft, so make it your own!

This is a simple craft that can be done easily with children 4 and up, and is also appropriate w/senior groups.

Dec iphone pics 053You will need:

  • paper mache ornaments (I got mine from, but most craft stores carry them, too)
  • Glue or ModPodge
  • foamie brush- so you can throw it away
  • recycled tissue paper
  • glitter
  • rhinestones, if you like!
Rip or cut your tissue into 2 inch pieces

Rip or cut your tissue into 2 inch pieces

Glue pieces of tissue on the ornament- don't skimp on the glue!

Glue pieces of tissue on the ornament- don’t skimp on the glue!

While it's still wet, glue on rhinestones and sprinkle with glitter

While it’s still wet, glue on rhinestones and sprinkle with glitter

Couple of quick tips-

  • if you use aluminum foil as a work surface, you can quickly funnel unused glitter back into the container.
  • use a styrofoam egg container to hold the ornaments until the are dry.
  • use microbeads or epsom salts for a “sugared” look instead of the glitter.

Have fun, happy crafting, and happy holidays!

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6 Responses to “Recycled Tissue Paper Crafts”

  1. Sandra Says:

    I think it’s pretty funny that you suggest using a foam brush so you can throw it away! Why not just wash out a regular brush?

  2. Wren C Says:

    Mod Podge is the best.

    This year I decided to make all my own holiday decorations from recycled materials. See pics here:

  3. Jenny Says:

    Sandra, thanks for asking that question! For me, it’s economics: I can buy those little foam brushes 10/1.00….and my “good” painting brushes are $7.00-$30.00 each! I’d hate to gum up a painting brush with glue….and I don’t always get to cleaning up my glue messes right away, especially with decoupage. (Sometimes I do multiple coats, and just slip the foam brush in a plastic baggied in between.) Also, these are easy for my kids to use- and they CERTAINLY don’t wash out brushes!I suppose I could by a $3.00 brush and just use it for glue projects, but then I’m wasting all of this water cleaning them out. Hard to tell which plan is the most eco-friendly. In any event, that’s my thinking.


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