How To: Make a Tissue Box that Matches Your Decor

Well, I've been making some major progress on my craft hutch, and I'm so excited to show it to you once I get good pictures! One of my problems is that the best place for the tissue box is my desk, but the tissue boxes all kinda stick out in my pretty black-and-pink theme… And I'm not going to search out pink or blank tissue boxes when I have perfectly good purple and brown ones in my basement! I considered making some kind of tissue box cover, but that would make it more difficult to pick up the box and toss it across the room of whatnot. So, I pulled out some basic supplies, and thought something up!


  • Slightly over 1 sheet of 12x12 decorative paper
  • Velcro—self-adhesive is best
  • Empty tissue box, with one side opened up. I wasn't paying attention to sizes when I grabbed mine, and then I realized that my other tissue box was slightly smaller and wouldn't have left the gap at the bottom. C'est la vie.
  • Scissors
  • Something to write with
  • Hot glue


  1. Lay your paper over the tissue box, and try to center it as well as possible, and fold where the long edges are.
  2. Line up the paper so one edge is along the edge of the top opening-flap. Mark where the corners are. Cut up the fold to your mark, so you can fold it down easier.
  3. Do your best to cut out the hole to the tissues. As you can see, I didn't do a great job, but I'm planning on tracking down some cute ribbon to cover up the gappy area.
  4. Cut out a square the size of the closed end of the tissue box, and hot glue it on. Glue the large paper on the top and sides. To make it look a little better, I angled the flappy bits… See what I mean?
  5. Glue down all the flappy bits, in whatever order you think looks best.
  6. Use part of your second paper, or the bit that you cut out of the middle and glue it over the bottom flap.
  7. Get your velcro, and place it where you need it. Mine was self-adhesive and came paired, so I adhered it to one side, then put the flaps down, and adhered it to the other side.
  8. Try to take pictures of your creation, on the floor, but be thwarted by the cats…

And there you go!

(Oddly enough… most of the pictures were taken at night with my point-and-shoot, and this picture was taken at dusk with my phone.)

All you have to do to fill it is open your new box from the side, slide the tissue pile out of the full box and into your papered one, and velcro it up again! Lovely!

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