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 such a great idea! Thank you for the detailed instructions and video. I can't wait to make one of my own! Have a blessed day & TFS! ;o)
Natalia Elam  |  Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 10:52 AM
The lid has to be larger. It doesn't fit over the box "frame". Ive done it twice.
Heather  |  Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 5:59 PM
Heather, are you sure you measured the lid correctly? Did you start with 6 9/16"? (Just slightly larger than 6 1/2".)
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 6:08 PM
So fun! I'm going to do this for the whole house! And maybe include it in a stamp camp. Thanks!!
Kate Imus  |  Sun Oct 24, 2010 at 10:39 PM
Great idea for classroom gift... thanks for sharing!
tj  |  Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM
thank you for a wonderful tutorial & video- what a great idea! can't wait to give them a try for all the upcoming holidays!!!
gabbe  |  Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 9:44 PM
This is just too adorable. I am printing out the instructions and going to try to make this.Not sure if I can accomplish this or not, but sue going to try. thank you for posting.
Patricia Bearden  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM
I was afraid the top opening would become "worn looking" after repeated pulling out of tissues. To add stability, I used the next larger size Nestability die (along with the size used for the opening) to cut out a frame. (I taped the 2 dies together.) The frame was then adhered to the top opening. This added extra strength to the opening as well as enhancing the total look of the project.
Sheila Murray  |  Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 3:49 PM
Love, love love this!!!
Laurie Zoellmer  |  Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM
What cricut cartridge did you use. I do not have the gypsy. I do have the cricut .
Sue  |  Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 10:02 AM
I think the Kleenex boxes are neat. I am wondering what brand of glue you used. I have yet to find a liquid glue that I like. Thank you for all the great tutorials that you share.
Dotti Dunlap  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful comments, ladies! ♥
Dotti, I use the little green bottle of liquid glue...it's either called Tombo Mono Multi or DAP One Stick. Same exact stuff, just 2 different brands that are packaged the same. ♥ ♥ ♥ that stuff! You never have to worry about your cards falling apart. It gives just a few seconds of "wiggle room" and then it's stuck!
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM
Thorough tutorial and video; thank you! Can't wait to try to make one. If I am successful, I thought it would be an excellent gift for my neighbors ... none of whom seem to be eating sugar (as in holiday candy/cookies) anymore. I think this will make a neutral, winter/holiday gift! And not that I want anyone to catch a cold, but what a fun, cheer-you-up, little "get-well" gift it would make! smile
Gabby  |  Thu Nov 4, 2010 at 3:03 AM
So nyce so original i am from canada montreal

my engl...is a litle bit bad but i see your very nice card

thank you
LORRAINE LAMARRE  |  Fri Nov 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM
I made a few of these right after you posted, trying to improvise where I could and it was fun, but challenging. So I finally broke down and bought the die set that you used and it has made all the difference. Its all about the tools..... Thank you for this simple, yet elegant and fun, project.
Flo  |  Fri Nov 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM
I absolutely LOVE your tissue box! I just purchased a Cuttlebug yesterday and added it to my collection (Pazzles Inspiration). Can you tell me what embossing folder you used for the snowflake background and where can I purchase it? Thank you so much for sharing!
Sharon  |  Tue Nov 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM
Sharon, I used the Sizzix Snowflakes #3 folder. If you google it, you should find a few sources. I believe it was in a set of folders.
diane (cookiestamper)  |  Tue Nov 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM
I just love your tissue box tutorial. I did one yesterday. I did add a bottom to the tissue box by
cutting a 6 1/2 inch square and scored it at
1 inch folded an glued it just like the top. I put
the bottom inside and slid it down to the bottom. I gently squeezed the sides of the base to allow me
to glue the bottom to the base. Thanks again.
Judy  |  Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM
very cute cant wait to make some as gifts
cheryl  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM
How sweet is that box! Thank you for the lesson. Now it's time to get to work doing some of these fun projects.
Fran  |  Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 4:57 PM

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