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Happy Mother’s Day!, Tissue Paper Vase

April 29, 2015 in Creative Adventures

tissue paper vase w pictures and wordsTo liven things up a bit my patient Kian and I like to create things. We spend long 12 hour shifts together and he enjoys artsy projects, singing, reading and other activities appropriate for your typical 8-year-old. We originally made this for Valentine’s Day but as you can see an awesome Tissue Paper Vase can be used on many occasions.

Tissue Paper Vase with OJ BottleTissue paper is a wonderful tactile experience. It crinkles, it rips easy, its gentle and also gets nice and slippery in the gluing process.  We used a printed tissue paper this time and just ripped it up and started layering it using thinned Elmer’s type glue(thin with H20). We left the twisty ridges on top of the OJ bottle so mom can also use it with the lid to put things in. If you cut the top at the widest point of the OJ bottle it will make a better vase and the flowers will fit and arrange better. But of course this will remove the container aspect of the bottle. Try it either way, it really comes out nice with the printed tissue paper. 

tissue paper vase with lid, picture and words We created little sayings for the vase. “We Love You Mom!”, “My Three Sons”, etc. I went on my computer and printed out the words and we cut them in strips. We also printed out pictures of Kian & his brothers. We glued the words of love and sweet pictures to the tissue paper vase. Mom says anything with the kid’s pictures always makes it a better keepsake. 

We hope you enjoyed out tissue paper vase project. Is there anything you would like to learn from us here at The Singing Nurse? Health project? We love sharing.

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Have a Wonderful Mother’s Day!


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Spring Tissue Paper Vase

March 24, 2012 in Creative Adventures

Sterile Water Bottle Tissue Paper Vase


Over the years while working with my little SMA 1 patient (he’s 5 now) we have made some fun crafts from items that would otherwise be thrown in the recycle bin or thrown away. I love looking around and seeing what can be made of these insignificant items that were very important when they were being used for there intended purpose.  My little friend is on a bipap/vent continuously as part of his treatment to sustain his life. Wow, that was painful to say. He needs moisture in his vent tubing to prevent nose bleeds and a dry mouth as you can imagine air is blowing through his nostrils nonstop (we also apply ayr, a saline moisturizer to each nostril for the same purpose).

Our tissue paper vase today is made from one of his sterile water bottles, the sterile water goes in his humidifier that is connected to his bipap/vent, he uses about 2 liters in a 24 hr period.





Sterile H20 Bottle and Tissue


Pick any color tissue paper you like and rip into small manageable pieces. Remember to let the kids do the ripping, they love to experience the cause and effect of the process, feeling and hearing the paper rip is stimulating to the senses. If you are in the home care setting you may have to do hand over hand as I did with my patient.





Add Tissue Paper with Glue


Place a towel over your child’s lap or cover the work area with wax paper (helps it not stick later). Apply the tissue paper to the bottle with liquid glue, you may need to thin it a little with a few drips of water so it is easier to work with. Add layers to the bottle and vary the colors, remembering not to add too many layers because the sun will shine through your vase which gives it a stain glass effect. Again, let the children feel the slimy glue, this is one of the components that makes creating art therapeutic and fun. Adults need to apply a coat of some sort of clear acrylic or it will be sticky each time you get it wet.



Add a Bow to Tissue Paper Vase


After the glue is dry add a bow, pick some flower and you are good to go. Easter is coming and the flowers are blooming, what mom, grandmother, aunt or sister would not appreciate such a special gift created by your child’s hands.





I have added some links below that I thought you might enjoys.

Meet my SMA1 Patient Kian      Kian’s Tribute to Dad      Kian’s Tribute to Mom     

Candy Wrapper Recycle Craft     Pipe Cleaner Paint Craft     Easter Tissue Cross Craft

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