How to Tissue Paper Decoupage

Decoupage is the craft of decorating objects with small pieces of paper. You can easily turn a plain vase, box, or candle holder into a colorful piece of art. By using tissue paper, you can add many colors, changing the look with each layer.

How to Tissue Paper Decoupage (Image: Angie Diersman)


Supplies (Image: Angie Diersman)
  • Tissue paper
  • Mod Podge**
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Glass container or object

**If you don't have Mod Podge, you can substitute it for white glue. However, white glue will not provide a protective coat so you'll want to spray your finished project with a clear sealer.

Cut Tissue Paper Pieces

Cut tissue paper pieces (Image: Angie Diersman)

Tissue paper decoupage works well with layers. You can use simple shapes to create a mosaic pattern. It's best to cut most of the tissue pieces before you start gluing. Your hands can get sticky, making it difficult to go back and forth.

Apply Glue

Apply Mod Podge (Image: Angie Diersman)

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the surface of your glass container.

Add First Layer

Add first layer (Image: Angie Diersman)

Gently tap down the tissue to the glass. You can start with a background color or use smaller pieces to create your design. Tissue paper is thin and can rip easily, so be extra careful.

Apply More Glue

Apply more glue (Image: Angie Diersman)

Apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the first layer of tissue paper.

Add More Tissue

Add more tissue (Image: Angie Diersman)

Add more pieces of tissue.

Seal with Final Layer

Seal with final layer (Image: Angie Diersman)

Repeat this process until you get your desired look. Then, apply one final layer of Mod Podge for a final seal.