Make beautiful Christmas Bleeding Tissue Paper Art with bleeding tissue paper and our free printable Christmas silhouette templates. It’s simple to do and a great Christmas activity for kids of all ages.
Kids will love spraying the tissue paper with water and seeing the end result. When you’re done, place one of our free printable silhouette designs on top and now you have your own Christmas art to hang on the wall!
RELATED: Fall Bleeding Tissue Paper Art
This is a great activity for kids because there are so many options to get creative and make it your own. We have a free printable template for a snowman, tree and a mitten you can place on top.
You can just make it simple and use the templates as-is, or even decorate the outside with markers, stickers or paint. Each and every art piece will turn out a little different!
Supplies Needed to Make Christmas Bleeding Tissue Paper Art
Bleeding Tissue Paper Squares – NOTE: not all tissue paper will work for this craft. You can find some tissue paper that will bleed that isn’t labelled bleeding tissue paper, so please test it out first. Otherwise Amazon has different kinds of bleeding tissue paper.
You can get square bleeding tissue paper here.
Or you can get regular large sheets of bleeding tissue paper here.
White cardstock – I like a thick paper like this one (90 lb) so that the water does not seep through the paper too much
Christmas Silhouette Templates – you can get the free printable template by subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of the post (make sure it is the form with the preview of the template)
Spray bottle with water
Watch the full tutorial video here!
Directions For How to Make Christmas Bleeding Tissue Paper Art
1. First start by layering your tissue paper onto a piece of white cardstock. I like a thick paper like this one (90 lb) so that the water does not seep through the paper too much.
NOTE: You will need bleeding tissue paper to do this project. Not all tissue paper will work for this craft. You can find some tissue paper that will bleed that isn’t labelled bleeding tissue paper, so please test it out first. Otherwise Amazon has different kinds of bleeding tissue paper. You can get square bleeding tissue paper here. Make sure the type of tissue paper says it is “bleeding tissue paper”.
Alternatively if you can’t find bleeding tissue paper, you can have kids just glue the tissue paper down instead!
2.With a spray bottle, thoroughly spray all of the tissue paper with water. You want it to be soaked through enough to allow some of the dye from the tissue paper to bleed onto your cardstock. Allow it to dry.
You’ll want the paper to be wet but not have puddles of water dripping off.
Also make sure to protect your surfaces for where you leave it to dry. Place a plastic covering over your table or protective mat as the bleeding dye from the tissue paper will stain surfaces. If you do find some has come off use a magic eraser to remove it.
3. Once dry, you can peel off the tissue paper. Save the tissue paper for another project!
3. Print off the templates on white cardstock. Cut out the templates so you’re left with a silhouette.
4. Glue the silhouette on top with a glue stick. You can use a glue stick like Elmers Xtreme glue (extra-strong) so that it does not create glue bubbles in the top paper.
You will love how easy this project is! If you don’t want to use our templates, you can create your own designs too. This project would work for any holiday or occasion! See our Fall leaf version here.
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More Christmas Ideas
See these cute toilet paper roll Christmas crafts. Make a Santa, snowman, elf and reindeer!
For more Christmas craft ideas, see 50+ Christmas Crafts for Kids.