as you reach for a tissue
in a pretty cardboard box...
~ i ask you ~
has no one
started printing pretty cardboard tissue boxes?!
perhaps a neutral french script or a fluer-de-lis design would be nice
( i bet a pair of fairy wings
that THOSE tissue box sales would increase!! )
and i am certain that there are a few out there
that this really won't matter to
if the ugly tissue box quandary has stymied you ~
be stymied no more!!
for here is a tutorial
to make a FULL SIZE tissue box cover
in whatever color/pattern you choose!
cause the holidays are comin'
and details matter!!
shall we begin?!?
* a blank wooden tissue box
can be found at your craft store
* a can of your favorite color spray paint
mine choice was Krylon's Sterling Silver
* pretty paper napkins
you will need 4 small cocktail napkins for this project
* mod podge matte
* a small paint/sponge brush
* rhinestone blingage
or other embellishment that you desire
or, none at all!
step one: lightly spray your wooden box.
i have chosen to spray paint my box
rather than to paint it
i desired a slightly luminous quality
that would appear from under the paper napkin.
that could only be achieved with the spray paint
and if sprayed lightly, is translucent.
step two: open your paper napkin
and lay it over your box
until you are pleased with the design placement.
( don't cut anything yet, you will do that later )
i have chosen to use a paper napkin
as opposed to a piece of paper
because it is easier to apply
it attaches itself in a way that melds with the actual box
as opposed to laying on top of the box.
as in, a tissue box!!
step three: separate the napkin layers,
for you want to see the slight color underneath silly!!
if your napkin was not double ply, simply skip this step!
step four: start on one side,
and brush on a nice, smooth coat of mod podge matte medium
~ smooth coat ~
then lay your tissue layer
on the mod podge coated side.
very CAREFULLY smooth the tissue layer
almost patting it lightly with the pads of your fingers
to adhere it to the mod podge.
fold excess underneath the box for now.
now, simply flip the box over and repeat the previous steps.
when you get to the box ends,
and BEFORE you coat with it mod podge,
lay out the placement of your tissue layer
and trim the sides a little larger than what meets to the edge.
this will allow for a clean edge.
don't trim the tops.
you will find that all the paper napkin points will meet at the top
and should line up and touch when folded over.
mod podge the tissue points at the top of the box first
folding them towards the center "tissue opening"
fold excess underneath to the inside of the box
and attach with the mod podge.
then mod podge the short sides.
when you get to the bottom of your box,
trim the excess tissue paper to about a 1/2 inch all the way around.
mod podge the bottom lip and about 1/2 inch inside
then gently smooth the tissue over.
step five: when all the sides are covered in the tissue paper,
lightly brush the entire box with a coat of the mod podge.
this will give the paper a protective layer.
step six: add your embellishments, if any.
i used two rows of sticky back rhinestones
around the top of my tissue box
for a little sparkly bling!
add an actual box of tissues
you will have yourself one lovely tissue box cover
and the next time you reach for that tissue
you'll be thinking
as you sneeze!!
sharing this post with:
petite michelle louise's: grey dey thursdey
common ground's: be inspired friday
french country cottage's: feathered nest friday
my romantic home's: show and tell friday
here's to pretty little details!