DIY printed tissue paper

DIY printed tissue paper

When sending gifts to friends and family or posting orders to customers you may want to make your wrapping or packaging that little bit special. An easy way to do this is to get printed tissue paper, there are lots of companies that allow you to upload a custom design to be printed on the tissue paper so you can make it really personal to the recipients.

If you don’t have the budget for ordering professional printed tissue paper or need smaller quantities of different designs then there are ways that you can print it yourself in order to be more economical. So how do you make your own printed tissue paper?

What will you need?

  • Chosen colour and type of plain tissue paper
  • Plain printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Brayer (glass jar or rolling pin will work as well)
  1. Sizing the tissue paper 

Line up a sheet of printer paper with a sheet of tissue paper, they need to be the same size. If your tissue paper sheet is larger than the printer paper then you will need to trim it down to match the size of the backing paper.

  1. Preparing the backing paper

With the glue stick, gently run a line of glue along the 4 edges of the printer paper on one side. The glue should be a thin and even coat without any blobs or clumps of glue, then leave the paper to dry a little. If there is an uneven layer of glue then it is likely that your printed tissue paper will have a distorted design as the printer won’t have a flat surface to print onto.

  1. Attach the tissue paper

 After the glue has been left to dry slightly, place the sheet of tissue paper to the backing paper with the glue. You need to line them up as best you can with the edges matching up, if the tissue paper is overhanging the printer paper then it could get damaged or jammed in the printer.

  1. Ensure the tissue paper is flat

Once you have lined up your tissue paper onto the backing paper, you need to make it nice and flat all over. If there are any bubbles or creases you need to try to flatten them out, you can use a brayer or any other suitable cylinder tool such as a rolling pin or glass jar. Leaving creases on the paper will result in folds and potentially gaps in your designs which could ruin your printed tissue paper. You can give the tissue paper another trim if needed to fit the printer paper better.

  1. Print your design

Load your paper into your printer, making sure that the tissue paper side is the right way up for your printer. Set your design to print, once it has been printed ensure you leave plenty of time for it to dry before touching it.

  1. Remove backing paper

Now trim the glued edges off to separate your printed tissue paper from the printer paper, your tissue paper is now ready to use.

DIY printing tissue paper is a cheaper alternative to purchasing it, however if you need a substantial amount it will likely be more economical to order from a company that can print it for you and therefore it is advisable to do your own research.