This was a neat craft I enjoyed doing with my girls, and the Tissue Paper Cut Out Cards make great presents.
You can give the cards for Mother’s Day, birthday, Thank You cards, or even Thinking Of You cards.
They’re versatile that way, and you can let your kids get hands-on with the crafting.
I cut the tissue paper strips ahead of time by rolling up some colorful sheets of tissue paper into a tube-like shape and snipping off inch-wide pieces with sharp scissors.
I did do the cutting myself for these flower shapes because I wanted them to have the detailed shapes cut out of the middle of the paper, which is a little hard for small fingers to do. But they had plenty of fun with the glue and tissue paper.
I used cookie cutters from a couple of different sets, kind of like this Spring Set and this Nesting Set. We went with flowers because we made this during the springtime, but you could use any shape you like.
Fold a piece of construction or craft paper in half to make your card.
Trace the shape inside the cookie cutter, just like you would use a stencil, onto the front of the card.
Then poke your scissor in the middle of the shape and cut it out of the front of the card. Or your could open the card and place it flat on some cardboard and use an X-Acto knife to carve out the shape, or let an older kid or teen do it.
Take a white sheet of paper and cut it to fit just inside the cards.
Let your kids slather the white paper with glue or glue sticks, and then lay out the tissue paper pieces in stripes that go across and touch each other or slightly overlap.
Once the sheet of white paper covered in tissue paper strips is mostly dry, slather the inside of the card where the cut out shapes are.
Lay the white paper carefully against the glue with the tissue paper facing the cut out shapes.
Then your colorful tissue paper will show through like this:
Isn’t that darling?
The recipients were quite charmed, and the girls enjoyed making them.
You could make these cards for other holidays, too.
You could do Christmas shapes and use red and white tissue in a green card, for example. Or orange and purple tissue paper in a black card cut with Halloween shapes.
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