DIY: Tie-Dye Tissue Paper

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
Tie-dye paper was one of the first crazy-idea-craft-projects Alison and I ever did together. You can read about our mishaps and crafty shenanigans from that day here.

We learned a lot from that day back in 2011 and have been making tie-dye paper ever since. We love using it to make tissue paper flowers, to wrap gifts, and even to glue into pages of journals. This tutorial will walk you through how to successfully tie-dye tissue paper (because believe me it’s actually a little tricky).

Supplies Needed

• White tissue paper
• Liquid watercolors
• Plastic cups
• Paper towels

Step 1. Fold Your Paper

This is the basic folding technique for tie-dye paper. First you fold it accordion style, back and forth until you have one long rectangle.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Then fold the bottom right corner to the left edge to make a triangle. Continue turning and pressing until you have one large triangle.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue
DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Repeat this folding process for as many sheets of tissue you’d like to tie-dye.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Step 2: Dye Your Paper

First you want to prep your dyeing area. I like to use a large baking sheet lined with paper towels as a work surface. First pour the liquid watercolor into the plastic cups or bowls.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Then begin dipping the corners of the folded triangle into the different colors. You’ll want to hold the paper in the dye for a few seconds to allow the watercolor to soak into the folded paper.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

I like to dip my paper into three different colors (one for each corner of the triangle). Once you’re done dying, place it on the paper towel and let dry completely.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

You may be like me, and not have the patience to wait until the paper is completely dry before unfolding, but if you try to unfold wet tissue paper it WILL tear. So keep calm and wait it out.

DIY: Tie-Dye Paper #craft #tiedye #tissue

Once your triangles are completely dry, carefully unfold the tissue. You can use a warm iron to flatten the paper completely and remove some of the creases from folding.

Some Tips

Tissue – I originally tried using tissue paper from the Dollar Tree and didn’t get the best results. The watercolor had trouble soaking into the tissue. So next I tried some tissue from my local craft store and had much better results. I guess some tissue paper is less absorbent? If you don’t get the results you like, simply try another brand.
Liquid watercolor – can be difficult to find. I found the Artist’s Loft brand bottles at Michael’s in the art supply section of the store. Alison also recommends using Blick Liquid Watercolors.
• For a fast dry, set your oven to it’s lowest setting and place your paper towel lined baking tray in the oven for approx. 10 minutes.


  1. says

    Wow, I love this idea! I’ve never thought about tie dying tissue paper. I just have regular party tissue paper, so I’m going to have to try it out on that and see how it works!

  2. kathi shelley says

    I was surprised to see this tutorial listed on Craft Gossip today. My kids and I did this back in the late 70’s as a Christmas gift wrap project. We didn’t have the wonderful liquid paints then, so we used food coloring, which dries a lot lighter, making pastel colors. We also used rice paper, which is stronger than tissue paper.

    Guess it’s true–that history does repeat itself !

  3. says

    Love your site it’s the perfect one for me I have a cat and love making things for him, by the way,I’m only ten!