Thursday, January 14, 2010

Burlap Tissue Box Cover

This craft cost me about the equivalent of $1 and I'm so excited to show it to you!

I try to buy my tissues as dirt-cheap as possible, usually at CVS or Aldi's. However, that also means that I never have cute designs on my boxes. I hated how the designs always clashed with my bathroom. Thankfully, this idea popped into my head last week and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

As you'll see from the pictures below, I got so excited to do this that I didn't bother to clean up my counters. :)

I had purchased this magazine holder from Target's $1 Spot a few years ago. It was 2/$1, I think. I was about to throw it out, because it had definitely seen better days.

I realized as I pulled it apart that the bottom formed perfectly square corners and it could be perfect for my tissue box project.

I took a razor blade and "traced" the edges.

Then I took my pen and drew along the lines to show where they connected.

I removed the tissue box, and me and Claudia got to work. Yes, that's my glue gun. It's way more fun to name objects you work with frequently. (P.S. Did anybody else read The Babysitter's Club as a kid? Claudia was the cool one, remember? ;)

I glue-gunned along the pen lines I'd drawn, and let it set.

Here's the top, semi-finished:

And here's the bottom:

Then I cut a big piece of burlap and began gluing and tucking and cutting.

(I had a ton of burlap left over from these, and I still have quite a bit left over even after this project.)

When I finished I realized I had a problem. Oops!

Nothing another strip of burlap can't fix:

And here she is, sittin' pretty in the bathroom! The tissue box is easily popped out when it's empty.

I was very fortunate to grow up minutes from the beach. Every time I go in the bathroom, I enjoy looking at all of the shells and driftwood and sea glass I've collected from home and on vacations in Maine.

I'm 99% positive that Target is currently carrying more of these magazine holders right now. This project's not limited to burlap - use any fabric that will work for you!

Linked to the following parties....

Finding Fabulous - Frugalicious Friday
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
The Shabby Chic Cottage - Transformation Thursday
Reinvented - Trash to Treasure
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
Blue Cricket Designs - Show and Tell
Funky Junk Interiors - Saturday Nite Special


  1. Awesome idea! I so wish I was crafty....

  2. you are seriously awesome Jess!!!

  3. Brilliant! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. That is so great! I love it. The wonders of burlap!

  5. Cool! Love it great idea thanks for sharing ~Blessings Heather

  6. I love burlap! This is a great idea! Looks so cute too. --Delores

  7. This is hilarious :) I just posted a super similar project to Funky Junk's party, and we even used similar vocabulary! Great minds think alike I guess :) I spent even less money than you did, with (if I may say so myself) equally good results. Yea for tissue box covers!

  8. This is a very great idea. I hope this idea catches on all over - no more unsightly boxes.

  9. The burlap is a great idea! Just say no to oversized flower boxes! :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  10. Great natural, neutral look. Who knew a tissue box could be home decor! Love the texture. Lezlee

  11. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. How fun! What a cute burlap tissue holder. Very very clover. I love it!!!


  13. Love that look - great job !

  14. Great idea! Love the natural burlap!

  15. This turned out great. I love how it looks in your bathroom with the shells. It is so much prettier than the boxes they come in. Thanks for sharing a great idea. KK

  16. Very cute! I would have never thought of it!

  17. Great idea! I also hate how ugly the cheap tissue boxes are - I'll have to try this :-)

  18. Love it! I've been wanting a tissue cover for the rectangular boxes! Thanks.

  19. I will definitely copy you on this on! I HATE the looks of cheap kleenex boxes. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up!

  20. That's a really great idea, you did a good job!
    Burlap is fun to work with, I just made a table runner with some. And we certainly go through a huge amount of tissue around here, and never had a cover for the big boxes - thanks for sharing the idea.
    Stop by tomorrow for some great shots of the ocean, if you are still missing the beach!
    Heidi- Heart and Home

  21. That is such a great idea! And the burlap makes it looks so fabulous!

  22. What a great idea! Excuse me, I have to go find supplies now... ;)

  23. I've got a bunch of those boxes headed for the trash - what a fantastic idea!

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