For this month’s “Create with Cricut” challenge, the mystery material was tissue paper!
If you are unfamiliar with these challenges, each month this year, we are joining with a bunch of other Cricut bloggers to work with a different material that the Cricut Maker is supposed to cut with.
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I’m not going to lie – this material was tricky for me! The first time I used it, the material just tore, which was super frustrating.
However, after giving some advice from others, I was able to successfully cut my tissue paper, and it ended up working out beautifully.
I wasn’t sure at first what I should do for my project – all I could really think of that used tissue paper was a pinata! haha.
But then I started thinking of how you could use tissue paper for a wedding or party decoration, and I thought that making a paper lantern – with tissue paper as the “windows” for the light to shine through, would be a fun idea!
It ended up being a pretty simple project, and I loved the result. I used some battery powered lights from the Dollar Tree because that’s what I had, and they worked pretty well. You could also get an electric tea light to put underneath them.
I think this would be so pretty and elegant at a wedding or other party – using the battery powered lights makes them less of a fire hazard, but they just look so classy.
The process of cutting them out is the most time consuming part – each one took about 10-15 minutes to cut out. But assembly was a cinch.
I just used a lantern image from Cricut Design Space, and I cut the tissue paper for the little squares and triangles. It turned out so fun!
Tips for Cutting with Tissue Paper on the Cricut Maker
You really should be using a FabricGrip mat that is pretty well-used. If it’s super sticky, the tissue paper will stick. I tried using a green mat that was pretty well-used, and the rotary blade tore through the tissue paper. So I would stick with the FabricGrip mat.
As you can see, I used a mat that still had a bunch of fuzz from something I previously cut. It looks a little weird, but it worked well!
Be very careful as you peel it up. Even if that mat isn’t very tacky, it will still stick a little bit, so just handle with care.
Homemade Paper Lanterns
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Shimmer Paper (in whatever colors you’d like)
White tissue paper (You can use other colors if they work with your color scheme. White is good though).
Glue (I really like this Scotch Glue with a two way applicator. Great for paper crafts!)