Before my kids go back to school in just a few short weeks, we’ve been making the most of the end of summer crafting and baking. Our newest project is a new take on a craft we have done before, this time we made a school bus out of tissue paper. This craft super simple, and my daughter loves it. She helped me make a (long) list of more designs we should make in the future — she has very lofty goals.
I never throw away tissue paper — ever. So I have a plastic box filled with every color of the rainbow. Yes, I even had black tissue paper on hand. So for me, every piece of this project has been upcyled. I know not everyone in the habit of saving tissue paper like I am, but perhaps this craft will inspire you! I reuse for gifts (obviously), craft projects (for example…), filler when I mail gifts and more. I even give sheets of it to the kids to make up their own projects.
You gotta to like “green” crafts when all of the materials are upcycled and free!
- Yellow, Red & Black Tissue Paper
- Cardboard or Thick Construction Paper
- Elmer’s School Glue
- School Bus Template
Print the School Bus Template I created for the School Bus Countdown Craft. Cut out the parts and trace the school bus onto your cardboard with a pencil. Don’t worry about precision, the lines will be covered up.
Cut your tissue paper into approximately one-inch squares. It does not need to be exact, and older kids can help with this. Tip – I fold the tissue paper and cut strips, then I cut squares from the strips.
Crumble your squares into little balls (great for little ones to practice fine motor skills).
Looking for more tissue paper crafts, check out my Upcycled Flag Craft.