Brighten Storage Bins With Vibrant Tie-Dyed Tissue Paper

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Welcome to a world of colorful possibilities! If you're looking for a fun and creative way to transform a plain plastic storage bin, then you've come to the right place. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to tie-dye white tissue paper and use it to decoupage a plastic bin

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Create a unique and personalized storage solution that's both functional and beautiful. Grab your supplies and let's get started!

Scrunched up white tissue paper

1. Scrunch up the tissue

To start my tie dye tissue paper project, I took a large sheet of white tissue paper and scrunched it up to create texture and wrinkles on the surface. This will help create a more interesting design.

Before adding the dye, I wanted to make sure that I protected my work surface. I laid down a large garbage bag to catch any drips or spills that might occur during the dyeing process. This also made cleanup much easier later on. 


Tie dye kit

2. Mix dye colors

To create the tie dye tissue paper, I used a tie dye kit that I found at the dollar store. This kit includes dye powders that require water to be added to them.

For my project, I opted to use three colors: yellow, orange, and red. I selected these particular colors because they are next to each other on the color wheel, which meant they would blend harmoniously without creating a muddy appearance. Choose the colors that you love and mix your dyes.

Wet tissue paper

3. Spritz the paper with water

Next, I used a spray bottle filled with cold water to spritz the tissue paper all over. This allows the dye to spread and soak into the paper more evenly, resulting in a more vibrant and consistent color.

Squirting red dye on wet tissue paper

4. Apply ink to the tissue paper

I began the ink application process by randomly squirting red ink onto the tissue paper, making sure to cover different areas of the paper.

Orange and red dye on wet tissue paper

After applying the red ink, I continued to randomly squirt other colors onto the tissue paper, I added orange and then yellow.

Orange, yellow and red dye on wet tissue paper

This created a dynamic and visually interesting design. I made sure to leave some areas of the tissue paper blank to add contrast and balance out the composition.

Dry tie dyed tissue paper

5. Dry the paper

After completing the ink application process on the tissue paper, I needed to let it dry completely before moving on to the next step. To speed up the drying process, I used a hair dryer.

However, it is important to be cautious when using a hair dryer as the force of the air can be too strong and may rip the paper. 

Placing a piece of tie dyed tissue paper on the side of the box

6. Measure and cut colored tissue paper

To prepare the tie-dyed tissue paper for use, I needed to measure and cut it to fit the sides of my bin. I cut it slightly larger than each side.

White glue squirted onto the side of the green plastic box

7. Stick the tissue to the bin

After cutting the tie-dyed tissue paper to the appropriate size, the next step was to attach it to the sides of the plastic bin. To do this, I used white glue, which provides a strong and durable hold.

I squirted a generous amount of glue on the side of the bin and then used a soft paint brush to spread it, making sure I covered the whole side.

Smoothing the paper onto the box with hands

Once the glue was evenly distributed, I carefully positioned a piece of tissue paper just underneath the rim of the bin. Try to line up the edges and corners as accurately as possible.

I then pressed the tissue paper onto the bin, using my fingers. I also made sure to run my fingers over the edge. Don't worry if you get wrinkles because you're not going to see them. 

Placing tie dyed paper onto another side of the box

I repeated this process for each side of the bin, taking care to align the tissue paper and ensure a neat and tidy finish.

Cutting out the handle of the box

8. Cut out the handles

Now, I needed to finish off the handles. Once the paper was dry, I took a pair of scissors and stabbed the middle of my little handle. I then very carefully pulled away the tissue. You can also use a blade to slice through it. 

This is also a good time to trim and neaten the edges.


A wooden ornament cutout

9. Make a tag

After completing the tie-dye design on my storage bin, I decided to add a finishing touch by making a tag to label it. To do this, I used some wooden ornament cutouts that I had left over from a previous project.

I covered the tag using the same white glue and paper. By using the same tie-dyed tissue paper on the tag as on the bin, I was able to create a cohesive and coordinated look for my storage solution.

Wooden ornament cut out with the same matching paper as the storage bin

When it was dry, I labeled my tag. The wooden ornament added a decorative touch to the bin, while also providing a practical way to label and identify its contents. 

Tie dyed tissue paper storage bins

More Storage Box Makeovers

For more ideas, check out this storage cube makeover with an Ikea rug tutorial.

How To Tie Dye Tissue Paper

I now have three handy bins to help me organize my studio. I hope you found this tutorial on tie-dyeing tissue paper useful and enjoyable. It's a wonderful way to give an ordinary storage solution a colorful and unique makeover.

Follow the steps outlined in this tutorial and see how easy and enjoyable it can be to update your bins with this vibrant idea.

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  • Patty Patty on Feb 22, 2022

    How long does it take for the colors to run together?

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