How to print pictures on tissue paper

Updated July 20, 2017

Printing pictures on tissue paper is a delicate task. The resulting images can be used for crafts ranging from modelling to scrapbooking, but it may take some experimentation before you find a method that works for you. Two common ways to print pictures on tissue paper include using spray adhesive to lightly attach tissue paper to printer paper or adhering tissue paper to freezer paper before printing. An inkjet printer is used in both methods.

Using spray adhesive

Spray a light coating of spray adhesive on a sheet of printer paper.

Press the printer paper onto the piece of cardboard, then peel it off. Do this several times to reduce the amount of adhesive on the paper.

Cut the piece of tissue paper so it is the same size as the printer paper.

Press the tissue paper onto the printer paper, being careful to leave the tissue paper as smooth as possible.

Insert the printer paper with the adhered tissue paper into the printer and print your picture. Watch carefully for any jamming.

Peel the tissue paper off of the printer paper after the picture has dried thoroughly. Peel slowly to avoid tearing.

Using freezer paper

Cut both freezer paper and tissue paper to the size of a sheet of printer paper. This ensures that your paper will feed through your printer appropriately.

Heat your iron to a medium setting.

Lay the freezer paper on a protected surface, such as an ironing board, with the shiny side up. Place the tissue paper on the freezer paper and line up the edges.

Run the iron over a corner of the paper to test how it adheres. If the waxy part of the freezer paper melts too much, making it difficult to remove the tissue paper, lower the temperature setting on the iron. If it doesn't adhere at all, raise the temperature.

Iron the tissue paper and freezer paper combination. Iron in smooth, even strokes to avoid wrinkling the tissue paper.

Insert the paper into the printer and print your picture. Allow the picture to dry thoroughly.

Peel off the tissue paper from the freezer paper, taking care to avoid tearing.


Stay with your printer while it prints in case any problems develop. Some printers print on the back of paper while others print on the front. Print a test page or refer to your printer's documentation to determine whether your tissue paper should be face up or face down in the paper tray.


Using any kind of paper not intended for printing may damage your printer or void your warranty.

Things You'll Need

  • Inkjet printer
  • Spray adhesive
  • Printer paper
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
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Caitlin Kendall has been a nanny, copy editor, candy reviewer, website manager and IT support technician. She earned a degree in historic preservation from Mary Washington College and now freelances in Charlottesville, Virginia.