Miniature Lettuce
Tissue Paper Craft

This is a unique tissue paper craft creation; realistic looking romaine lettuce. 1:3 scale is the perfect size for an American Girl doll. Teach kids to love eating their vegetables! 

Age: 10 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5



  • Light green tissue paper 
  • Pliers with cutters
  • Medium gauge wire
  • White glue (like Elmers®)
  • 1/2 inch paint brush

  • Water based Craft Paint:

          Burnt Umber or Cinnamon brown

          Antique White or Buttercream

Tissue Paper Craft How To

I'm sure this is going to be one of your favorite tissue paper crafts. It's EASY and requires a very small amount of supplies. (That means cheap.) 

Wondering about Scale and how to convert measurements? Measure the life size item and then use the Scale conversion calculator to get it doll size.

Okay, ready? Lettuce begin. (Couldn't resist) 

Cut 3 pieces of wire 8 inches long.

Cut 3 pieces 9 inches long.


Double the wire over and shape into an oval that is wide at the top and more narrow at the bottom.

Twist ends together at the bottom, working your way up about 1 inch.

Rip an 8 inch piece of tissue paper so the edges are slightly jagged 

Crumple and then flatten out, leaving some wrinkles. (This is always the part where I remind myself that wrinkles are good... at least for something.) 

Mix 1 part water to 3 parts glue.

Apply glue to paper using small paintbrush. 


Start with one of the longer oval wire shapes.

Place tissue over top and tap down with the paint brush.

Flip over and do the same on the other side. 

Let dry.

Rip small jagged pieces and apply so they extend slightly past wire edge.

Cover, so wire isn't showing anymore. (do one side then flip and do the other). 

Leave the twisted part not covered. (Only on the first one.)

Cover all the other shaped wire pieces. This time, cover the twisted part of the wire on all but the first piece. 


Rip a piece of tissue paper into a 5x8 inch rectangle.

Cover with glue.

Roll up the 5 inch width to the end of the 8 inches.


This should be rolled a bit loose at the top and tighter and more crumpled, at the bottom. 

Apply more glue to these leaves. Tap lightly with the paint brush to get the proper shape.

Let dry. 

This will be the very centre of the letttuce.

I love salad. If you are a salad connoisseur, like I am, (yeah, right) you will know what this should look like. 


Cover the centre piece with the wired leaves, starting with the slightly shorter ones, on the inside. Overlap the pieces slightly, working your way around. Put the piece that has the bare wire on the bottom, last. 

Squeeze together at the bottom.

Keep more open at the top.

Bend the tops of the leaves, to curve them out slightly.


Use pliers to wrap the bare wire around all the other wires at the point where the twist ends and the oval shape begins. 

Cut excess wire off bottom. ( should be 1/4 to 1/2 inch)

Almost done! Not much left to do now, on this tissue paper craft. It just needs a tiny bit more detail. 


Apply tissue paper coated in glue on bottom and sides, covering the wire. 

Flatten the bottom.

Let dry.

Water down off white paint; 1 part water to 3 parts paint. (Use either Antique white or buttercream.)

Apply a small amount to the bottom of the lettuce.

Dilute burnt umber and apply sparingly to bottom and around edge of leaves. 


Well, I'd call this a wrap. Well, no but it looks like it would be great IN a wrap. 

Here's proof this really is doll sized! Yes, that is a quarter... a Canadian one.

When the American girl doll goes to the grocery store, lettuce should be on her shopping list. 


This is a great way for kids to learn what to include in a healthy diet! If it's good for the doll, it must be good for kids, right?

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