Today we tried out a new technique for us and I’m in love with the results. The idea for these bleeding tissue paper flowers comes from this guest post that 3 Princesses and 1 Dude! did for us nearly 2 years ago. So it’s about time I finally got round to giving it a try!

You will need:

  • Coloured tissue paper
  • White card
  • Black marker or sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes


Firstly draw a flower outline onto the card, or depending on your artistic skills download one there’s tons out there.

Next get little hands to help you tear or cut the tissue paper into rough square shapes.

Cover the card with water using a clean paintbrush, this step did confuse my little ones but I managed to convince them to do it!


Then layer on the tissue paper on top of the water. This was a fun way to work those fine motor skills as picking up the little bits of tissue paper and getting them to stick where they wanted proved tricky.

If the card dries out just add more water each time.


tissue-paper-flowers-19The 4 little ones aged 1 – 2 years that made these did an amazing job at keep the paper within the lines, I’m so impressed with them.

Once finished add a final layer of water over the top of the tissue paper and leave to dry.


It was a warm day today so these dried within a few hours but if not they may need to be left overnight. Once dry the tissue paper will peel off really easily which they had lots of fun with.


Underneath you’re left with the colours of the tissue paper where it’s bled through and the results are beautiful.

tissue-paper-flowers-3These would look lovely on a smaller scale for a Mother’s Day card and we can’t wait to try out this technique on some future projects.

You can see all our flower crafts here as well as lots more spring crafts.

bleeding tissue paper flowers


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