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13 Clever Ways To Reuse Tissue Paper

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As you know, I’m always on the lookout for ways to reuse and repurpose things around our homes. Gift wrapping is no exception!

Any time my children or I receive a gift, I make sure to save what I can of the wrapping paper and tissue paper to be used later. I’ve already done a post about clever ways to reuse wrapping paper, today I’m tackling the other half of the equation — tissue paper.

I’ve scoured the web for creative (and downright beautiful!) ideas for reusing, recycling, and repurposing that stash of tissue paper we all seem to have. I know you’ll find a project or two to inspire you!

(To see additional images and instructions for each project, click on the underlined website name to go to their site.)

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DIY Mod Podge Bowls
from Sparkle Living Blog

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Tissue Paper Party Sign
from Confetti Sunshine

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Easy Advent Calendar
from Inkablinka

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Tissue Paper Pom Poms
from Two Twenty One

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Tissue Paper Wreath
from It All Started With Paint

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Tissue Paper Flowers
from Rust and Sunshine


Faux Stained Glass Candle Jars
from Dream a Little Bigger

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Tissue Paper Tassel Garland
from Linen, Lace, & Love

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Tissue Paper Confetti
from Dime Party Diva

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Colorful Party Poppers
from A Pretty Cool Life

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DIY Votive Candle Holders
from Momtastic

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DIY Tissue Paper Wall Art
from Mr. Handsomeface

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DIY Birthday Piñata
from The Sweetest Occasion

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  • My husband makes kites with tissuepaper. He makes a cross and diamond frame with thin bamboo, glues tissue paper down onto it, folds up a grocery store bag and cuts it into ribbons that are tied onto string which is then attached to the kite. The whole thing takes about 30 mins, including drying time. He made one the other day that had to have gone half a mile into the sky. Quick, easy, and fun to do with kids

  • This brings back fond memories of my mother in law. She always kept and reused tissue paper when she packed for vacation. She placed the tissue paper on the clothing then folded the garment. Really helped to reduce wrinkles. She just stored the tissue in the suitcase till the next trip!

  • Similar to the candle holder idea (btw aren’t you worried about the tips of the paper catching fire?), you can put torn tissue paper on the outside of a lampshade to make it look like stained glass. I did something similar and everyone comments on it.

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  • I used colored tissue (torn into itty- bitty pieces) for preschoolers to make mosaic pictures. You thin Elmers glue with water, and apply with a paint brush. It’s like combining painting and gluing…. and the results are really NICE. We made landscapes, florals, even animals, etc…..

  • For a while I lived in a rental that haf once been a doctor’s office. The front door was a great steel door that had a “porthole” window just at the right height for a 6′ someone to look right inside. I didn’t want the expense of purchasing the special stuff to put on the window and didn’t think a curtain would look right. So I used white tissue paper and diluted craft glue to obscure my porthole. Afterward, it looked like frosted glass.

  • 1. When in desperate need of tissue paper I go to my used stash, put a lightweight cloth on it and iron it and reuse it in bags.

    2. You can shmush (is that a word?) and wrinkle tissue paper, then attempt to flatten it out (you won’t be able to get the wrinkles out and you don’t want to), then, using modge podge or white glue put the tissue on the walls, furniture, whatever, paint glue or modpodge on top of it. Let dry. Then you can paint it any color you want and it looks like leather. It’s best to tear the tissue into diff shapes when applying.

    3. Crinkle paper (and magazines) up in tight ball and keep for emergencies if out of tp. shhhh…did I really say that out loud?

  • You can also use tissue paper for embossing. Take your stamps dip them in embossing gel onto white tissue paper. Sprinkle glitter over the design and shake off excess. Then use your heat tool to make a pretty design- it should start to puff up. After you can trim it, and put the design on white candles. Very pretty. I’ve also done this with an initial stamp to make cute candles. Lots of possibilities.

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