How to Make Waves With Tissue Paper

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Tissue paper can be used to make a variety of ocean wave styles.
Tissue paper can be used to make a variety of ocean wave styles. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Ocean themes have been the choice of many artists, in projects ranging from preschool craft ideas to complicated art mediums. Tissue paper ocean waves can be created to cover areas as small as a toilet paper tube or spread out to be part of a wall mural. Tissue paper is inexpensive, simple to work with and can create dazzling results. Because of the cheapness of the materials, you can experiment with different methods of creation for very little cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage glue
  • Paintbrush
  • White paint
  • Sea Shells
  • Foam ocean shapes
  • Crafter’s paint
  • Googly eyes

2-D Ocean Waves

Spread out sheets of blue tissue paper on a flat surface. Include as many sheets as you wish for desired thickness.

Trace a wavy line on the surface of the paper with a pencil, taking care not to tear through the paper.

Cut through all the layers at once with a pair of scissors, following the wavy line.

Brush decoupage glue lightly on the surface where you wish to place your waves. Smooth one layer of tissue paper on the glue.

Continue adding layers of tissue paper and layers of glue until the waves are as thick as you desire them to be. Allow to dry.

Brush the tops of your waves with white paint to resemble foam.

3-D Ocean Waves

Trace out the surface area where you wish to design your waves with a pencil.

Cut out several 1-inch squares from blue tissue paper. The amount needed will depend on the surface you wish to cover.

Place a pencil eraser side down in the center of a square of tissue paper. Fold the tissue down so that it forms to the shape of the pencil.

Brush a small dot of glue on the end of the paper where it covers the eraser.

Press the tissue to the surface area with the pencil. Pull the pencil away so that the formed tissue remains on the paper. Continue to repeat this procedure until your surface area is covered.

Textured Ocean Waves

Glue several objects to the surface area that will appear as ocean shapes. Seashells, Styrofoam cut into fish shapes and shaped, glass stones all work well. Make sure each item has several inches around it.

Brush the surface area, including objects, with decoupage glue.

Smooth tissue paper strips so they cover the surface area. Press firmly around each object, molding to the shapes so they stand out. Allow to dry.

Paint over shapes with crafter’s paint. If desired, use googly eyes for sea creatures.

Tips & Warnings

  • Several shades of blue can be used to create a varied look.

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