Make a plan to let your seniors enjoy making these beautiful tissue paper mosaics. It is a simple, colorful craft that is enjoyable and easy to do. The vibrant colors engage the senses and the process is relaxing and encourages brain activity.
This project is a form of art therapy, and can help produce positive emotions, and give participants a way to creatively express themselves.
Before starting the tissue paper mosaics, you will need to prepare the materials. Print out a variety of templates onto the cardstock paper. Here are some for download: CLICK HERE Some ideal shapes are hot air balloons, kites, diamonds, or hearts. Cut up several sheets of tissue paper into small quarter-sized squares. You will need lots of squares. This is time-consuming, so can be as a separate prep activity, or as a task for volunteers to complete with the resident's help. Choose bright colors. Use a large clear container to store the tissue paper squares so they will be ready for future projects.
Set each resident up with a project. Have a paper plate with the tissue paper squares within reach. Pour the mod podge on a second plate (it helps if the plate is colored so they can easily see it.)
Apply a thin layer of mod podge to a small section of the project.
Press tissue squares one at a time onto glued area.
Repeat until all the white areas are covered.
Apply a very thin layer of mod podge on top to seal the project. Allow it to dry flat.
The finished project can be hung on the wall as it, cut out and displayed or cut into a fun shape or letter as a door hanger or an accessory for walkers and wheelchairs.