DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

Sometimes you just need a bright spot to rest your eyes and lift your spirits. Whether it’s a workspace or a corner of your house that needs cheering up this DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow is just the ticket! We used a classic technique you might have used in grade school. All you’ll need are some tissue paper squares, a pencil, and some glue. This is one of those crafts appropriate for all ages and can be easily customized to suit your tastes. You can rest it on a shelf, mount it to the wall, or even frame it with a shadow box! P.S we used this technique in Craft the Rainbow to create something pretty incredible if I do say so myself, so make sure to check it out!

Make your own DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow with step-by-step instructions!

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow


  • Tissue papers in 6 different colors. 1 pack per color should be enough
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Craft Glue
  • Unsharpened pencils
  • 1 Piece of 18″ by 24″ drawing paper

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow


  1. Draw a rainbow on the drawing paper to create a base for your tissue paper. Our rainbow measured 21.5″ wide by 12.75″ tall, with 6 stripes of varying widths.
  2. Cut your tissue paper into 2″ by 2″ squares. A rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler make quick work of this!
  3. To apply the tissue paper to the paper, place the pencil in the center of a tissue paper square and wrap the paper square up and around the pencil.
  4. Then dip the base of the pencil (covered by the tissue paper square) gently into some craft glue and place onto the rainbow.
  5. Remove the pencil and repeat, placing the tissue papers as closely as possible to create a really full and fluffy texture.
  6. Start with the outer most stripe on the rainbow and then move inward.

DIY Tissue Paper Rainbow

Photography by Jane Merritt



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