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Tissue Paper Mosaic

tissue paper and aluminum foil mosaic • art projects for kids •

tissue paper and aluminum foil mosaic • art projects for kids •

When I was 6, it was 1976 and there was a buzz of excitement throughout the year because it was the Bicentennial! Red white and blue was everywhere, all year.

That July a few families from our neighborhood were in a parade for some reason, and we were to make a float. All I remember was hours of twisting tissue paper flowers into submission and fastening them into chicken wire. We made hundreds of these bad boys, all in red, white and blue, and our float was like a massive, mobile pinata.

I clearly remember throwing candy out of the float at screaming kids, and I believe that was a defining moment in my creative life. Tissue paper + candy= happy kids.

Anyway, perhaps that’s a little bit of a tangent, but I couldn’t think of another intro for my tissue paper mosaic project. By the way, this uses different tissue paper than my bleeding tissue paper heart art. You want tissue paper that doesn’t bleed its color here, or you’ll have a gluey mess of yuck.

tissue paper mosaic balls



  • Chipboard
  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Glue (Aleene’s)
  • Aluminum foil


Draw out your subject matter. Ideas: fish, first initial, abstract design, your favorite number

Wad up little pieces of foil and tissue paper and glue ’em! Glue them everywhere, all over the cardboard. (Hint: bigger wads of paper and foil cover surfaces faster than small pieces.)

mosaic tissue paper project


This is a pretty simple, straightforward project, but it takes a while! Beckett was all too happy to draw the robot for me, but had no interest in the mosaic part. I think this project is well-suited for maybe the 6 and up crowd.
Check out my Pinterest board Kids’ Art Projects: Collage for more fun projects….
Follow Artchoo! (Jeanette Nyberg)’s board Kid Art Projects: Collage on Pinterest.

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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