Tissue Paper Wall Art

Wall Art 8As many of you know. I am revamping my office as part of my 24 Goals for My 24th Year. I’ve been looking for fun things to brighten the room that coordinate with my awesome DIY push-pin board. And then I remembered the scrapbook that I’d made for my parents on their 20th wedding anniversary.

On one of the pages, I recreated my mom’s favorite fair food–cotton candy. I used tissue paper to recreate the fluffy sugar on the page. I remember being so sad when I had to slip it in the protector and flatten it (though it still looked great!).

I decided to recreate that project to make beautiful tissue paper wall art, but this time I designed a map of my husband and I’s two countries.

I started by assembling the necessary ingredients.Wall Art

  • Poster board
  • Colored tissue paper, colors of your choice
  • Mod Podge or glue
  • Pencils (an old fashioned one)
  • Q-Tips

I started by trying to draw it freehand… That didn’t go so well.Wall Art 1

So I drew a grid. I cubed my picture into 16 pieces and drew the same 4×4 grid across my poster board. I want to stress at this point that you should be drawing in pencil and sketching very lightly. You can see pencil marks underneath the tissue paper and you’ll need to erase any grid marks outside of the picture.

Wall Art 2Then I set to work drawing. I know you can’t see the picture too well, but again those lines should be light.

Wall Art 3After I finished the sketching, I started prepping the tissue paper. I laid out about 5 sheets of paper, smoothed them, folded them in half, and cut along the line. I did this at least twice more. This will make it go so much faster!

Next, I started cutting the tissue paper into strips a little over an inch wide and then I cut the strips into squares. Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect. You just have to make sure they’re not too small. Once you have a lot–and I do mean A LOT–of squares, you’re ready to begin.

Wall Art 4Take a new pencil and wrap a single square of tissue paper around the eraser.

Wall Art 5Then, using the Q-tip, dab a tiny dot of Mod Podge or glue onto the flat circled formed by the eraser. Be sure to keep a tight grip on the tissue paper or the glue will lift it off the pencil as you pull it away.

(You really want to be sure you use a tiny amount of glue otherwise your pencil will quickly become tacky and your tissue paper will slide around the page.

Wall Art 6Press the tissue paper into place using the eraser. I usually press down for about a second and then rotate the pencil in a circle and lift. After some trial and error, I spaced the papers tight around the edges and color changes and a little more loose when I was just filling in spaces.

Wall Art 7A couple things to note about this project:

1. It takes a lot of time. I seriously underestimated how long this project would take and that is why there are no finished pictures. I’ve spent over four hours on this project so far and I’ve only completed the top and bottom.

Ways to combat this: Go for a smaller space. I was apparently too ambitious in trying to fill a full poster board. Go figure. Also, involve other hands. The more the merrier. If you’ve got kids or crafty friends have them help for an hour and you’ll be amazed how much more progress you’ll make.

2. Details will not shine through. This fluffy tissue paper will create an image that’s well.. fluffy. Little details will be lost. Honestly, I’ve found that this map has not been the best of choice… but after devoting 4 hours to it I hate to give up.

Ways to combat this: Go for a simpler image. I think this would be perfect for a silhouette or go for something even simpler like a heart or a question mark.

Keep checking in to my Instagram account to see the finished product. I can’t wait to see it hanging on my wall!

What image would you use to create tissue paper wall art? Where would you hang wall art in your house to spice up a room?

Megan Gonzalez

By | 2015-11-10T00:40:40+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Crafts & DIY|16 Comments

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  1. Branson November 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to see the finished product!!

  2. Summer @ Coffee With Summer November 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I love this DIY! One of the places I tried on wedding dresses had gorgeous floral tissue paper designs on the wall.

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      That does sound gorgeous Summer! I hope you enjoy this fun DIY 🙂

  3. Danielle November 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Very cool idea, and I think the finished product will look great, even if it takes you a long time. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I really hope so! I’ve worked on it a bit more today and it’s really starting to shape up. Since I don’t have a lot of time to devote to it each night, I think it could take a bit, but I’m very excited to see the end product. I hope you enjoy 😀

  4. Aishwarya S November 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    That’s actually a pretty cool idea! 🙂

  5. Meagan @ All the Joys November 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Such a fun idea! This would be fun for my girls too. Pinning it for later!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      This is definitely a craft where the more is the merrier! I hope you enjoy it with your girls 😀

  6. Lauren English November 10, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    So pretty! Such a creative idea to do this with maps. We have maps all over our house and I think they’re so pretty! I’m excited to see the finished product!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      I love maps too! We’ve travelled a lot of places, but I wanted to do something with our home countries first. If it works out, I may experiment with some others. I’ve loved the pictures you’ve posted of your house btw 🙂

  7. Alexandra @ My Urban Family November 10, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Neat! I never would have thought to put it on the end of a pencil like that, but it makes sense!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It’s so much easier when you use a pencil! You won’t get your fingers all sticky with glue (I’d just got my nails done for the first time in years and I didn’t want to mess them up) and you’ll get a uniform size.

  8. Taylor November 10, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I just love this idea!!! I’m going to have to do this when I have more time because I really really like it!

    • Megan Gonzalez November 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Taylor! I hope you enjoy! It’s perfect for a night of binge watching a TV show 😉

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