DIY: Tissue Paper Stained Glass

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Tissue paper crafts suck! There, I said it. I’m even going to go out on a limb here and say you probably agree with me.

We both know that brightly colored flimsy filmy paper stuff is the center point of craft suckitude '“ it makes crafts that only a third grader would get excited about, and brings back those frustrating memories of trying to get layers of the delicate stuff to hold together through gobs of Elmer’s school glue.

But! There are two (yes, literally two) things that tissue paper can contribute to that don’t result in something only your mother will keep: decoupage and faux stained glass.

Both require two (again, literally two) items: tissue paper and glue or adhesive. For decoupage, rip tissue paper into shreds then put a base coat of glue on your item. Place tissue paper over item. Add more glue. And let '˜er dry.

For stained glass, just stick up some colored tissue paper in designs or layer blocks of tissue paper on window glass. For a true stained glass feel, cut out a border or frame in a thicker black paper. Use spray adhesive, or laundry starch or clear tape to keep it firmly in place. You could do this during a commercial break fer crissakes.

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Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

Amber Bouman - Crafty & Cashless

A freelance writer, blogger and poet based in San Francisco, Amber has written for PC World, InfoWorld, and the 16th & Mission Review. She has performed at City Hall, Litquake, the Brainwash, 16th & Mission, BlueSix, and SFSU among other places. Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.