Monday, 28 November 2011

Donna Salazar Nov II

Below post went live on the Donna Salazar Design Blog earlier today, with a step-by-step tutorial on how to make you average tissue paper box look like a luxury item. And if you are still on the look for an easy Christmas present, this would definitely fit the bill.

I have tissue boxes all over the place, in my craft room on my desk in the office and on my bedside table, but they do look cheap. So, dressing up your tissue box to work with the colour scheme of specific rooms is really rewarding. And the good thing is that you can re-use the cover.

** click on any of the images to enlarge/sharpen their view **
tutorial first seen on: Splitcoaster Stampers

First you will need to measure the sides of your box, which are generally square but of course mine had to have different sizes sides...Total width of my box came to 21cm's plus I added a further 1cm for a fold-over strip. If you want your cover fit tightly over your box, you will need to stick closely to the original measurements, but if you prefer it to be a little loose, just add a millimetre or two to each measurement.
You will need to pieces of paper of the same size:
Mark with pencil where you will need to score for the width of  each side, for my example I scored at 10 cm, 11cm and 1cm. On the 1cm strip you want to place double-sided adhesive along the length and join this with the back of the longer side:
I previously inked all edges before joining the two parts, but this is not necessary - it can easily be done after you have joined the sides:
At this stage I would try if the cover fits you box to enable you to make alterations if needed.

You will then need to measure the top of the box and cut out a square, adding at least 1cm on each side (this is depending on your preference) and score accordingly
You will need to measure now where your opening should go and marks this on the inside of the lid. To be honest, I eye-balled where I wanted to cut the oval.
You can use any shape or form for the opening, for example Spellbinder's Classic Ovals SM.
Now you will need to turn your top cover into a proper lid by adding corner. I know that some people like to cut the corners but I prefer to score them diagonally and pinch them inwards. You will need to glue the pinched section together and afterwards to the side.
At this stage I would try again of the lid fits snugly on top of your tissue box cover.
You can either glue the lid onto the cover or just leave it as is - as long as you do not adhere it to the original tissue box, you will be able to pull the cover off once the tissues are gone and decorate your next box with it.
Now, we come to the best part - embellishing :)
First I cut for strips using the border die from Spellbinder's Creative Book Pages Two and adhered them to the sides of the lid. I further embellished the border with self adhesive pearls from Want2Scrap.
Of course, I could not help adding a few butterflies along the way, using Spellbinder's Wonderful Wings dies from Donna's collections.

So, there you go a fantastic way to dress up your tissue box, either for yourself or made as a gift.
I am lso entering this into the fantastic linking party over at Passionately Artistic

Products used
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Pens: Zig Millenium pen in black
Adhesive: Helmar, Scrapbook Adhesives


  1. What a super cool idea, Kim! So practical and so pretty all at the same time. This is just stunning! I really love all the texture you added with the trim of pearls and love the dimension of the butterflies. Awesome!

  2. i know i say this all the time but oh how i wish i had just an ounce of your creativity! your tissue box cover is so clever and such a great way to add a bit of yourself to any room....awesome, awesome idea!!


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