Tissue Box Cover

by Diane Zechman

Create a crafty custom cover for square tissue boxes.


  • Box of tissues (Kleenex brand used here)
  • Two 5 1/8” x 9 1/2” pieces of cardstock (base)
  • One 6 9/16” square piece of cardstock (lid)
  • Four 4 ¼” x 4” pieces of cardstock (base layers)
  • Four 4 ¼” x ¾” pieces of cardstock (lid side layers)
  • One 4 ¼” square piece of cardstock (top layer)
  • Scoring tool
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cutting dies or shape templates
  • Die cutting machine
  • Embossing folder
  • Sponge
  • Ink
  • Additional cardstock, stamps, diecuts, punches and other embellishments as desired


  1. Step 1

    Score the long sides of each of your two 5 1/8” x 9 1/2” pieces of cardstock at 1/2" and 5".

    I used a Kleenex brand tissue box. If you use a different brand, measure your box
    and adjust all measurements as needed.

  2. Step 2

    Glue side “A” on the first piece to side “B” on the second piece. Refer to drawing.

  3. Repeat with your second piece of cardstock to form base.

  4. Step 3

    Score the 6 9/16" square piece of cardstock at 1" along all 4 sides.

  5. Step 4

    Trace an oval shape and cut it out with scissors. I used the largest die in the Small Classic Ovals Nestabilities™ set.

    If you choose to not add a top layer, make sure your oval is smaller than the opening on the tissue box.

  6. Step 5

    Cut each corner on the red lines (up to the scored line) as shown in the drawing.

  7. Step 6

    Fold and adhere all four tabs (marked “X” in the drawing) to form the box lid.

  8. Step 7

    Sponge all edges and corners of the base and lid if desired.

  9. Step 8

    Slip the box lid over the base and glue into place.

  10. Step 9

    Die cut an opening in the 4 1/4" square piece of cardstock or trace and cut desired shape with scissors.

    I used the 4th die in the Labels 13 Nestabilities set, counting out from the smallest die.

  11. Step 10

    Emboss all base and lid layers with embossing folder of choice.

  12. Step 11

    Sponge embossed layers with ink if desired.

  13. Step 12

    Glue all layers into place and embellish box cover as desired. Slip finished cover over a tissue box.



    Try using heavy-weight patterned paper instead of plain cardstock and embossing folders. Make covers for any occasion or holiday.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tissue Box Cover. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This is way too cute. Thanks!!!
Deborah Wood  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:29 AM
I love this! Fantastic, tfs!!!
Olga  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:38 AM
Cute idea...easy steps--cute gift to bring to a neighbors house or to a friend who is 'under the weather' with a winter cold--along with a cup of soup! I am going to try this! Thank you!
Susanne  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:38 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial! This is so cute! Can you tell us where the snowman stamp came from?
Tammy Mendiola  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:46 AM
Very cute idea! Love that they can be made for any occasion and customised to an event. I think I know my next 3-D project for my next gathering! Thanks for the tut!
Melissa Layman  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:49 AM
Hi Tammy,

Diane listed all her supplies in her gallery upload. She states ithe stamp is: Penny Johnsonís Snowy Cuddles by Stampavie.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 5:51 AM
I am doing this today. What fun! Thank you for sharing!
Cindy Coutts  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 6:00 AM
What a great idea. I like the fact that it can be used again and again. Now for some square tissue boxes.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 6:01 AM
This would make a nice 3-D project for a smaller group. Any suggestions if you don't have the Nesties? I would love to send this unassembled as a get well greeting. Stamp On!
Lori Jane Mittlestadt  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 6:26 AM
I can't begin to tell you how often I have looked for a square tissue box template. I am DEFINITELY going to be making more than one of these! These is SO easy! Thank you so much!
Carolyn  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 6:27 AM
I'm on my way out to get some kleenex boxes.....these are the best!!! Thank you for sharing :0)
debbie essay  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 7:13 AM
I absolutely love this! The only problem I have is that I'm at work and can't make it right NOW! But on my lunch hour I will gather the necessary supplies so I can make one tonight! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Julie  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 7:20 AM
Oh I love this idea, what a great gifty for upcoming holidays, for those what can I get for that special someone? or hard to buy for person. Thanks so much, now off to get some square Kleenex boxes.
Lesley  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM
Oh I am so loving this!!! So many possibilites! Great Idea!
Kathy  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 8:38 AM
Ohhhh...your box covers are beautiful! What a great idea! I'm gonna make one for every holiday! Thanks sooo much for sharing your awesome tutorial! I'm off to buy some tissue boxes!!
Vina  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 9:17 AM
What a fantastic idea! And yours is gorgeous.
Anna  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 9:48 AM
This is sooo cute! Love it!
Lana  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM
Thanks, Beate, for answering for me! Yes, the snowmen are from Stampavie.
Lori Jane, maybe you could trace some cookie cutters or make your own template from some clip art on the computer? Or a plastic stencil template might work well.
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Thank You. My daughter just asked me for some desk "candy" with her company logo. Perfect & easy!
Diane  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:28 AM
I love this idea! Great for all the holidays.
Jackie  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:28 AM

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