How to Make Honeycomb Designs With Tissue Paper

Many decorations, such as those for wedding showers and Halloween parties, use honeycomb paper. Although you can buy premade honeycomb paper decorations and even honeycomb paper to make decorations from, it is easy and fun to make your own honeycomb from a few layers of tissue paper and a glue stick. The process takes only a few minutes. You can use your homemade honeycomb paper for popup cards as well as decorations. This is a wonderful indoor project for kids on a rainy day, too.

Fold the card stock in half horizontally so that its dimensions when folded beome 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Reopen it. Lay it flat on your work surface.

Draw a simple shape on one sheet of tissue paper that would fit within the dimensions of the full sheet of card stock. For example, draw a circle that is 8 inches in diameter.

Stack all the layers of tissue paper together and cut out the circle so that you have nine circles of the same size. You can cut the card stock in the same size circle as well, or you can leave it in a rectangle.

Glue one circle to the middle of the card stock. Make sure the center fold of the card stock bisects the tissue paper circle exactly. You want the card stock’s crease to run through the middle of the circle.

Place four dots of glue on top of the tissue circle that is glued to the card stock. Place the dots around the edge at four spots that are equal distances from each other. For example, if the circle was a clock face, place glue at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00.

Position a second circle over the first and press down on the glue spots so that it is glued to the first one at those spots. Place glue on the second circle at spots exactly between the glue spots on the first circle. Using our clock face example, you would place glue at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30.

Place the third circle over the second and press down on the glue spots. Place glue spots on this circle in the same places you glued the first circle, that is, at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00.

Place the fourth circle on top and press down. Continue this procedure, alternating glue spots on each circle until you have glued eight layers on the stack. Put your four glue spots on the eighth circle.

Cut the ninth circle in half. Place a half-circle on the right side of the tissue stack. The straight edge should line up with the crease in the card stock.

Fold the card stock and all the layers along the crease and press down. When you open the card you will have a honeycomb ball.


Experiment with this concept. Use different shapes of tissue, increase the number of layers and number of glue spots. Use different colors of tissue paper.

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Karren Doll Tolliver holds a Bachelor of English from Mississippi University for Women and a CELTA teaching certificate from Akcent Language School in Prague. Also a photographer, she records adventures by camera, combining photos with journals in her blogs. Her latest book, "A Travel for Taste: Germany," was published in 2015.