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
How to Tissue Paper Decoupage (Image: Angie Diersman)

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  • 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.

Supplies (Image: Angie Diersman)

Cut Tissue Paper Pieces

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.

Cut tissue paper pieces
Cut tissue paper pieces (Image: Angie Diersman)

Apply Glue

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

Apply Mod Podge
Apply Mod Podge (Image: Angie Diersman)

Add First Layer

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.

Add first layer
Add first layer (Image: Angie Diersman)

Apply More Glue

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

Apply more glue
Apply more glue (Image: Angie Diersman)

Add More Tissue

Add more pieces of tissue.

Add more tissue
Add more tissue (Image: Angie Diersman)

Seal with Final Layer

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

Seal with final layer
Seal with final layer (Image: Angie Diersman)
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