Magic Tissue Paper Buildings
Term: 3 Year: 2008
We discussed different types of magical buildings ranging from imaginary to the built. They could be where magic
tricks were performed such as a circus tent, the children had just had a circus incursion, or buildings that would just
be ‘magic’ to visit or live in.
The children worked in small groups. The method of construction was demonstrated and their first task was to design
their building. Children were encouraged to come up with interesting shapes that would help covey the magical quality
of their building. Drafts were drawn and discussed until consensus was reached.
The frame work was constructed with strong balloon straws connected with 15cm chenille stems which had been cut in half.
Where necessary masking tape was used to secure joins.
A layer of white tissue paper which had been brushed with Cellogel
wall paper paste was then placed over the framework. This was allowed to dry.
Consideration was then given to the type of papers that could be used to finish the building. Colours and textures
were discussed. The children could choose from tissue, lace, cobweb, mesh, wave and silkee papers. Papers were cut to size,
pasted with cellogel and applied over the white tissue paper.
When dry the constructions were sprayed with Micador Crystal clear permanent gloss finish.
The project took 4 weeks to complete.
Visual Arts Teacher
Montpellier Primary School