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How to Make Tissue Paper Snowflakes

by Rachel Withers
February 19, 2024
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Create tissue paper snowflakes using bleeding tissue paper. Cut paper snowflakes and spritz with water to transfer and make winter art prints!

Updated January 2024

This easy winter art project is one that our founder, Jean did with our her daughter a decade ago, but it stands the test of time. These snowflake paper prints are too beautiful to sit and gather dust in our archives!

There’s one special material we use for this winter art activity–bleeding tissue paper. If you don’t have it, you might get some results with regular tissue paper, but to really see the color transfer in a substantial way, bleeding tissue paper is the way to go.

boy and parent cutting paper snowflakes
Photo by Rachel Withers

This has ingredients of a great process art project––each cut snowflake yields completely different and often surprising results. And what kid doesn’t like the chance to use a spray bottle?

If you’ve never tried bleeding tissue paper, check out our video to see the fun results!

And now, let’s get started! Here are all the steps needed to create your own bleeding tissue paper snowflakes.

Photo by Rachel Withers

Tissue Paper Snowflakes


Time needed: 45 minutes


  1. Prepare supplies

    Gather materials for the project and divide into what you’ll need for cutting paper snowflakes and printing them.

    Cut bleeding tissue paper to size as needed. I like to tape down white paper to our table to keep it in place.

    Child folding tissue paper snowflakes

  2. Cut paper snowflakes

    Fold tissue paper and cut into snowflakes. There are so many methods for this, but do the variation you’re most familiar with.

    Child cutting paper snowflakes with tissue paper

    Continue cutting paper snowflakes until you have the number you’d like for the snowflake prints.

  3. Spray snowflakes

    Next, place white paper onto a table and tape down to keep it in place. Arrange snowflakes as you like onto this paper. When redy, spritz lightly, but completely with water.

    Boy spritzing tissue paper snowflakes

    This part is a little tricky. Be sure that every part of the tissue paper snowflake is saturated enough to make contact with the paper beneath.

    Wet tissue paper bleeding onto paper

    But you also want to avoid soaking the tissue paper and it will bleed excessively and run all over the paper.

    Child tapping wet tissue paper to make print

    Tap lightly or smooth out the tissue paper with a foam or dot brush as needed.

  4. Let dry completely

    Within 1-3 hrs your snowflakes should be dry again.

    bleeding tissue paper snowflakes

At this point, lift them off the white paper to reveal your snowflake print!

Snowflake paper prints
Photo by Rachel Withers

This is a fun spin on the traditional snowflake making that takes the process one step further. I think it’s a great introduction to printmaking for young kids as well.

We love to see your artwork! Tag #theartfulparent on Instagram if you make these paper snowflake prints!

How to make tissue paper snowflakes prints
Photo by Rachel Withers

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