Tissue Paper Birds

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Make beautiful simple suncatchers with mosaic-like Tissue Circles and easily-available materials in your craft closet!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use fine motor skills to tear up Tissue Circles into mosaic-like sections. Piece the materials together to create a visually beautiful mosaic image. Create beautiful suncatchers from simple materials.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

You’ll Need:

R2172 Tissue Circles

• Hole punch

• Plastic sheet covers

• Scissors

• Marker

• Glue

• String


tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Cut the two closed edges of the plastic sheet cover. Open the sheet cover with the pages on either side.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Use the black marker to draw a simple bird shape. If you are worried about making a mistake, first sketch out your design on a sheet of scrap paper. Place the paper underneath the sheet cover and trace it.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Tear up the Tissue Circles into small pieces. This is a great activity for young kids to exercise their fine motor development.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Pick out the pieces that fit within the bird outline. Lay them out so that there are small spaces in between the pieces to make the overall image look like a mosaic design.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Once you have arranged the pieces, paste them down. Rub a bit of glue on top of the mosaic pieces and fold the other half of the sheet cover on top. Press the sheet cover down to secure the design in place.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Cut around the outline of the bird suncatcher. Use a hole punch to punch a hole through the top of the bird. Next, measure and cut a length of string to be thread through the hole and secured with a knot.

tissue mosaic birds suncatcher

Hang up the gorgeous designs at a window to let the light shine through! You can even overlap parts of the tissue to get different colors as the light filters through the paper.


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Spotlight on… Tissue Circles


Tissue Circles are great to use in hundreds of different art projects! Find out what kinds of projects we’ve featured them in so far…

R2172 Tissue Circles are a great value at 480 pieces per package in a full range of colors! They are pre-cut for easy use in any of your craft projects. You can layer them over for collage effects, use them for blotch painting, create new colors by overlapping the circles together and more!

Here are a few great ideas along with links to projects we’ve done in a past:

• Layer multiple Tissue Circles together, about 15-20 circles in total. You can glue each layer together in the center or punch a hole through each layer and secure with a length of pipe cleaner. Fan out all of the layers to make a full “flower petal”-like appearance. Tape on leaves or attach a pipe cleaner to the center of the flower to make a stem.

• Find a clear adhesive contact sheet or use a page protector to make your own placemat! Layer the Tissue Circles one on top of the other onto the contact sheet’s sticky side. You can slightly overlap the circles so that every part of the contact sheet is covered, or completely overlap the circles to make new colors! You can see a detailed step-by-step at this video link!

• Make a Christmas wreath with simple buttons and festive-colored Tissue Circles! You can find out more about the post at the link.

• You can make beautiful snowflakes out of the Tissue Circles. Fold the circles in half three or four times. Cut little shapes into the edges of the folded cone.

Send us some of your great projects that use Tissue Circles!


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