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

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful project! My MIL is not normally a crafter of any sort, however, she saw some that I had made and decided she wanted some to give as gifts. Needless to say we had such a wonderful time bonding over making more than half a dozen when she visited at Thanksgiving! You just can't put a price on joy like that! Thank you again for so generously sharing your talent with all of us! Looking forward to future projects born of your creativity.
TxAngelDee  |  Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 11:14 AM
Could you tell me the brand of glue you used in making the tissue box? In the video it looked like it worked very quickly. Thanks
Charlotte O'Bryan  |  Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 6:21 PM
See earlier comments....appears that Tombow glue was used by Diane in her video/instructions. When I made my tissue box covers I used mostly double sided tape and some Pioneer Embellishment Glue sticks. Scrapbuck.com has a marvelous double sided tape for only $1 a roll and it comes in three widths. (This tape is nearly as good as the red sticky tape and much cheaper. )
Sheila  |  Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made it with my daughter and her friends ...we had so much fun! The kids came up with amazing stuff! Do check it out on my blog!
Paru  |  Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 12:27 AM
I love it!! Very unique and will make wonderful gifts for all occasions. I need to get started making these. Thanks for the great video tutorial.
crafty blonde  |  Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 6:10 AM
are there any measurements for the rectangle shape tissue box instead of the square one? Just curious...thanks!
Dori  |  Sat Sep 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Always looking for holiday/seasonal things for my mom and friends in the nursing home. This is perfect. Thanks to all that have a "better" idea
Corliss  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Love this idea and would love to make one. I'm not sure if all cube tissue boxes are the same size, regardless of brand/country, so wondered if someone could be kind enough to type back with measurements of the US Kleenex Box of tissues to see if they're the same as the cube boxes of tissues I regularly use.

Many thanks,

Alex  |  Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM
While most all brands of tissue boxes are the same height there are some brands that are slightly taller. The measurements given will fit a "regular" size box. If you are using a slightly taller box you will need to have your base be 5 1/4" instead of 5 1/8" tall. Just measure the height of the tissue box you are using. I believe the Klennex brand is the regular height...not sure.
Sheila Murray  |  Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM
Thank you so much. Anxious to make one of these boxes.
wendy jeffers  |  Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 9:01 PM

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