Craft: Simple Scrunched Paper Creations

Scrunched Paper Creations

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Balling up pieces of paper sound like fun to you? Then, this is the craft for you....kids love it and that is part of the reason.


Tissue paper is a versatile paper and for that reason is especially nice for this project. This is a project you will want to use with older children (suggestions for younger children are given at the end of this article.) unless you adjust it for the younger ones. It takes quite a bit of time to complete not to mention the prep time. So, know your crafters for this one.

Do not let the cautions make you throw up your hands and decide not to give it a try. The end results are amazing. You and your crafters will be overjoyed that they make one of these creations.

What you need:

  • several colors of tissue paper
  • glue
  • cardstock
  • pen, pencil

Fishie...step One

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What to do

  • First, draw the design that you wish to make
  • Cut it out.
  • Then cut tissue paper in strips as shown in step three...make them as long as you wish and about l inch wide.
  • Cut apart so you have about a 2-3 inch strip.
  • Make a 'bunch' as it takes a large number to complete this project.
  • After you have cut your paper, scrunch them so they are firmly closed.
  • Drizzle glue on the project and press your scrunched paper on.
  • It is suggested you do the outside outline first.

What to do...


This whole process has been shown in pictures. Both a turtle and a fishie were made although for the turtle I did not shows each step as they are the same as for the fishie.

You may wish to use the back of a cookie sheet if you are doing this at home.

If it is a school project, you may wish to cut apart cardboard boxes large enough to hold the craft while it is being completed. This craft will come apart easily before they dry as the card stock is loaded with glue.

Remind everyone to move their piece often during creation. The reason is that glue dribbles underneath the project and it may stick.

step 2

step 3...

step 5

...still composing...
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Step 6...we Are Finished...

...fishie ...all done
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Turtle...a Work in Progress...

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Turtle...completed

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Another Way...

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Alternative method + something else to do...

There is another way to complete this project.

  • As you see in the photo above, cut paper in small strips about1 inch square.
  • Twist around the eraser of a pencil.
  • Dip the bottom in glue and press onto the figure you have made.

This makes the tissue stand up; it gives it a somewhat different look.

Something else to do...

Purchase a frame that is recessed as a regular one may not have enough depth. And, then, frame these little works of art.

Or, there are frames that come with no glass, one of those will work but it will not keep the dust off of the project.

'How to' for little guys and gals...

If you wish to do this with kindergarten or first grade, it is suggested:

  • Draw a simple design that will require one main color...perhaps a star. If you want eyes you could use googly eyes.
  • Cut pieces of paper about 2 -3 inches square (not measured, just eyeball..they just need to be pretty uniform in size). This way you have larger pieces of paper to cover their creation and they will not get frustrated.
  • Provide an easy source of glue...for this you may wish to buy the tiny bottles at the dollar store (3 for $1.00). Larger bottles could spell trouble. You could have them use a q tip and and dip in glue, rub it on the paper, and then put on the scrunched paper. Too many steps for my liking.

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy This is a wonderful craft for everyone. You can of course make a big version of this...which looks so cool.

This is something you may wish to give this a try.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

What a clever idea Patricia! These could also be made to decorate the outside of packages for special gifts. Just think how pretty the packaging would be with perhaps scrunched paper Christmas ornaments in place of ribbons as an example when wrapping Christmas gifts. Will pin this to my crafts board and also share. Enjoy this beautiful Sunday. :)


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

AuFait This is one of my most favorite crafts. The creations are so unique and lovely and long lasting that they could be entered in a craft fair And kids love to make these too

thanks for sharing...

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

What cute ideas! Could make a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day just 4 days away, or an Easter Bunny - he'll be here in about a month. You really have some great ideas for children to stay busy and develop their creative skills at the same time!

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Carol7777 You are so welcome It is fun and easy and it looks so nice when finished. Older children do not need so much supervision with this project either. Thank you for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Carol7777 You are so welcome It is fun and easy and it looks so nice when finished. Older children do not need so much supervision with this project either. Thank you for stopping by.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Loved this craft. It seems easy enough and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talent.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Kathleen,like I said I used the pencil method too.It did get bogged down with glue over time but the resutls were not disappointing. I like scrunching up the paper as it goes quicker. Just make the scrunched paper and glue away. thank you for stopping by.


Kathleen 4 years ago

This is so clever. We used to make it with wrapping the tissue around the pencil. It looked nice when it was finished but often the tissue stuck to the eraser after dipping in glue for so long and it became a problem. I will give this a try. Well done.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Susanm23b..thank you for visiting...that is exactly what I was thinking as I was making that one to show...it would be so cute to have a 'family' or a 'tank of fish.' This really does yield lovely results.


susanm23b 4 years ago

What a fun activity! I really like the fish--wouldn't this be a cute way to make colorful tropical fish. These are my favorite kinds of activities; they work for all ages and can be simple for little ones or more complex for older children. Thanks for sharing this :) Voted up!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Media Magnate Mom...these turn out soooo cute...the photos really do not do them justice...you will keep them for a long time. So glad you stopped by and thanks for the vote!!!


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Media Magnate Mom 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great, easy idea! I'll put this on our list of activities for this week. You know, we're doing our best to participate in Screen-Free Week. No TV means lots of activities. Thanks for sharing. Useful and voted up.

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