Low-Mess Color Collage

When Emily came home from school this afternoon, I surprised her with this quick and easy color collage project. It was a great way to unwind from the school day!

To make your own, you will need some colorful crepe paper. We used party streamers — they worked perfectly and are very inexpensive! Emily loved ripping off bits of crepe paper and arranging them on a sheet of white paper.

Once she figured out her arrangement, she used a paintbrush dipped in a little water and “painted” the crepe paper.

Allow the water to dry completely, then peel off the crepe paper, and reveal your colorful design!! This proved to be a great low-mess alternative to traditional painting, with very little clean-up.

…and the colors are quite vibrant!

Have fun!!


  1. Just normal party streamers? Pretty cool!

    • Yes, they came from Target. On the back of the package it says “product is not colorfast”, and most party streamers are the same way. I had some on-hand and thought I would give it a try — it worked!!

  2. I love how colorful it is!

  3. ooo so pretty!! We will have to do this!

  4. Fun! We have a bunch of streamers around here somewhere.

  5. That seems like the bleeding tissue paper you’ve used before, but something I can probably find.

  6. This is very interesting – I thought only bleeding tissue paper can do that. The colors do look awesome.

  7. Hey, that’s a lot cheaper than the special bleeding tissue paper- wonderful!

    • I was so happy it worked!! We’ll be doing some other projects like this again soon — it’s a lot of fun!

  8. What a fantastic idea! I saw someone do this to dye a baby onesie once, but hadn’t thought to do it with paper. Definitely something to do with my kiddos, thanks for the idea!

  9. I can’t believe how vibrant the colors are – so cool!

  10. Wow, it’s so pretty, I have to try it with kids sometime.

  11. This is great for fine motor development too–tearing and picking the tissue. Pretty!

    • Good point! I think Clara would enjoy doing this too — I’ll have to do a similar project with her sometime soon!

  12. You are so creative! I can’t imagine coming up with something like this. It is really beautiful.

  13. I love surprises! I thought you were just going to have us water it and let it dry and it was supposed to stick that way. But the color left behind… my daughter will love that.

  14. I love this idea and can’t wait to try it out. 🙂 Thanks!

  15. I agree with Trisha, great fine motor skills and it is just plain fun. Plus this is a project that last two days. Few materials too. This is a win/win project. 🙂

  16. Very nice. (And the cheaper kinds usually work better in transferring color.)

  17. I love this idea! Adding party streamers to my Dollar Tree shopping list! 🙂

  18. I really look forward to trying this!!! We will probably try this later today or tomorrow. I am gonna add your button to my blog. I also follow you on Twitter and “like” you on facebook… Thanks!!!! =D

  19. I LOVED this idea! I will add it to my closet for when my grandchildren come. They will LOVE it too.

  20. I’m going to try this with my daycare kids today. Thanks for the great idea!

  21. This is soo cool! Who knew!




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