DIY: Oil Blotting Sheets

Tissue paper. I am sure everyone has received a gift at one point that contained it; blue, green, Christmas patterns, or even sparkly. What do you do with it? Save it for future gift giving (I do this usually!), or put it to use for something else? One day, I came up with another use for it when I realized I was out of my drugstore oil blotting sheets. I remembered I had tissue paper in one of my desk drawers from a birthday present I had received weeks before. I decided to test my theory that it would absorb the oils on my face. To my delight, it did! Theory proved! I am so glad I ran out, and that I have stacks and stacks of tissue paper from years of receiving gifts. Being a college student does present its financial woes, but now, I have one less thing to worry about buying! Here is how you can also make your own blotting papers!

Step 1) Find your tissue paper! Even if you do not have old tissue paper on hand, buying a pack of it from any store that sells it will probably be cheaper than buying the actual oil blotting sheets.
Step 2) Choose the amount of sheets that you want to make. You can use all of your paper, or just take one single sheet.
Step 3) Lay out the paper(s). I find it fastest and easiest to fold the paper(s) once in half and cutting it along that line so you have a straight edge. Once you do that, place those two separate stacks on top of each other. Do this process as many times as you see fit (this will help keep your pieces neat, and allow you to get the size you want).

 You should get something that looks similar to this:

Step 4) Storing them: I store mine in a zip lock bag, and I find this works just fine because I keep them on my desk. If you were going to keep them in your purse, I suggest finding a hard case like this one that will keep them from getting wrinkled or even putting them in the section of your wallet where you keep your paper money.
I am so sorry if this sounds confusing! It is honestly so easy that I think explaining it just makes the process more difficult.
 Step 5) Blot away! I find that these work just as well as any store bought brand. 

**Side note: As an avid member of the Youtube beauty community, I came across videos of this idea after I decided to make my own. If you need a little help with visualizing this, try typing in “DIY Oil Blotting Sheets” in the search bar and I am sure you will find something to help you!


  1. Neat idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I also heard you can use those toilet seat covers as blotting paper!

    1. I could see that working well also! : )

  3. this is a great tip! I'm cursed with oily skin :( so thank you! :) Im following you now as well xx

    1. I have very oily skin too! Maybe I will do a post soon about some of the products that I think help!

    2. yesssss please do!! that'd be great! :)

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