TISSUE TADEO – Crafts for Kids

Tissue Tadeo

I wanted to find another way to make a fun Tadeo Turtle. So I used tissue paper.

First I drew his picture.

Outline Tadeo - Janis Cox
Outline for Tadeo

Then I cut small pieces of tissue paper and glued then onto the turtle. Don’t worry about overlapping the edges as you will cut out the turtle later.

Tissue Paper - Janis Cox


Tissue Paper - Tadeo Turtle
Put lots of little pieces of tissue over the outline.

Continue to put lots of tissue on his body, even overlapping the colours. I used green for his head, limbs and tail.

Tissue Paper - janis Cox
Cover the whole turtle.

Dry thoroughly.

Finished Tissue

Cut him out.

Cut Out Tadeo Janis Cox
Cut out the turtle.

Now you could say you were done at this point. But I wanted to create a picture.

You could paint a scene and paste Tadeo into the scene. Any scene would be wonderful.

I painted a background on heavy paper.

First I wet the paper.

Then I applied lots of colour – any colours you feel like – I used green and yellow and later added reddish brown.

Painting the background Janis Cox
Paint the background.

Then comes the fun part. Scrunch up the plastic wrap and place it all over the wet paint.

Plastic wrap over painting.
Scrunch up plastic wrap on the painting.

Immediately cover the whole picture with heavy objects (I used books which were the handiest.)

Books for weight
Use books or heavy objects to keep the wrap flat.

Wait until it dries.

Glue your Tadeo to the background.

Finished Tadeo Tissue Project
Voila – finished Tadeo Tissue Project

I would love it if you would send your children’s projects to me, Janis.

I will post on Tadeo’s Facebook page and here on the blog.

Thanks so much. Have lots of fun. I did!!!



  1. What a delightful project Janis! Every time I see Tadeo the Turtle I fall more and more in love with him!

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    Have a fabulous week and look forward to seeing you today at Inspire Me Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Plastic wrap used like that is a new idea to me. It turned out cute. All the textures make that a fun sensory craft; I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Tracy. I haven’t done this before but I have a teacher’s background. I needed to think through the process, take the pictures and then figure out how to post it. Love to hear your ideas.

    1. Hi,
      Just use watercolour. Wet the watercolour paper; then make up some watercolour paints – yellow, red, greens.. And drop onto the paper in different spots … enough to cover the background. It can go over where the turtle will be placed.
      I tried using Acrylic paint but really didn’t like it at all. It doesn’t work nearly as well as watercolours. If you look at the front of Tadeo – the same method is used for the background.

      When your scrunch up the plastic wrap you have to work quickly so the paint doesn’t dry and don’t touch it until it is fully dried. (under the weighted books).


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