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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I have a metric Scor-Pal can you convert the sizes for the tissue box for me please
Maureen King  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM
This is way tooo cute-going to have to make some as extra little gifts for sure
Celeste Chase  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 1:01 PM
This is a great idea and your tutorial was very well done. Thanks a bunch.
Naomi  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Maureen, here's 2 sites I found for conversions. I hope this helps!


diane (cookiestamper)  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM
Wow, a famous movie star and I KNOW her! Gee, wonder if anone will use this at our get together this weekend!?! Nice job Diane
The Other Diane  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM
the other diane-we both can say "we knew her when"!
snowcountry311/gayla  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM
Very nicely done. You have become a pro!! Love the tissue box and Lauren is especially enjoying the wedding one. Girls it's so beautiful. Diane, we should get together and make one for each holiday.
Jeannette Kinney  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM
This is great! I'll have to put this on my must try list.
Joseline  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 7:48 PM
Love this...are there dimensions for a "regular" box of tissue??? Like puffs. I am not too keen on doing w/o a little help from my "friends"!
Deebi27  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM
Oh my. Your tutorial was so well done; thank you. I am a visual learner and you made it look so easy, I gave it a try and made two of these this afternoon. Love them. Too cute.
Flo  |  Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM
What a clever idea! Your sample is just beautiful. I really want to try this.
Janet  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 7:41 AM
What a wonderful, wonderful video - and so simple as well. Thanks for sharing.
Toni  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 8:58 AM
I want to leave work right now and go home and make one!!!!
Dee  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Want me to write you a Splitcoast hall pass? wink
Lydia  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM
What a terrific project and tutorial! I linked to it from today's Examiner.com scrapbooking news article at http://exm.nr/9lObbU
Irene  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM
I am almost wishing I wasn't leaving on vacation tomorrow so I can make this lovely gift. Thank you so much for sharing such a great tutorial.
Barb Munson  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM
What a cute idea, I can't wait to try, but won't be able to till next week, leaving for a mini vacation, so glad to find your web site, so many GREAT ideas!!
You have found another FAN!!
Donna Przybylowski  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 8:33 PM
How did you do the Initials on the Wedding Box. Love the idea, but not sure how to do it.
Marcy  |  Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 7:46 AM
Marcy, I used the Sizzix Endless Love alphabet die set for the letters.
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 10:50 AM
This is stunning what U have made.
Earline  |  Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 10:12 PM

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