How To Make Tissue Box Covers

Customize Tissue Boxes to Fit Your Home Decor

Tissue boxes are unsightly. Nevertheless, they are a necessary part of life for those who do not use handkerchiefs. As a result, tissue box covers were introduced as a way to hide those ugly tissue boxes. However, for many people, tissue box covers are nearly as ugly as the object they are supposed to be hiding or disguising. The solution is to alter tissue box covers to suit your taste and décor.

Step 1

Supplies

  • Plastic or wooden tissue box covers (can be found at thrift stores for less than a dollar)
  • Acrylic paint (in a variety of colors)
  • Decoupage medium
  • 800-grit or finer sand paper
  • Brushes or sponges
  • Paper ephemera
  • Three-dimensional findings
  • Hot glue and glue gun or a silicone based glue
  • Acrylic clear coat

Step 2

Choose Your Style

Decide on the style you wish to decorate the box cover. There are a variety of ways you can decorate your box cover.

  • Paint your box cover and then decorate it with decoupage images.
  • Decoupage paper items over the entire surface of the box cover.
  • Hot glue three-dimensional objects over the entire surface of the box cover.

Step 3

Painted Box

  • There are many ways to paint your box cover. Feel free to experiment with different painting techniques. The box shown here was sponge painted. To sponge paint the box, select 2-3 complimentary colors of paint. Dip a damp sea sponge into the darkest color of paint, unload excess paint on a scrap of paper, and then dab the sponge on the surface of the box cover. Continue to randomly dab the sponge over the surface of the box, reapplying paint to the sponge whenever necessary. Do not cover the box solidly but do cover it evenly. Allow the paint to dry. Add another layer of paint in a different color. Add layers of paint until you are satisfied with the appearance of the box.
  • Cut out images to glue onto the box. Use decoupage medium to glue the images onto the box, be sure to eliminate all air bubbles beneath the paper. Allow the papers to dry. Seal the entire box cover with decoupage medium. Allow the box cover to dry between layers of medium. If you submerge the image under ten or more layers of decoupage medium, wet sand the surface until smooth.
  • Spray the entire box cover with acrylic clear coat to protect it from moisture.

Step 4

Papered Box

  • Cover the entire box with overlapping papers using decoupage medium. Remember to eliminate all air bubbles beneath the paper, if necessary, poke holes in bubbles with a pin and force the air out before smoothing down the paper.
  • Seal the entire box cover with decoupage medium. Allow the box cover to dry between layers of medium. Cover the papers with at least ten layers of medium. Wet sand the surface smooth.
  • Spray the entire box cover with acrylic clear coat to protect it from moisture.

Step 5

Three Dimensional Box

  • Use a hot glue gun or the silicone based glue to cover the box with the three-dimensional element of choice. Among good elements for covering the box are buttons, seashells, or lace.

Note: If covering the box with lace, work from the bottom of the box up so that the lace layers make tiers over the straight edges of the lower tiers of lace.

 

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