Upcycled Kleenex Box


I just LOVE making something cute and useful out of garbage!!

I have’t had time to make anything for several weeks – I’ve been chomping at the bit to create. We’ve finally slowed down enough to start enjoying summer.

A while back I bought some Natural Jute (a VERY large roll), for wrapping some upcycled bottles and jars.

I’ve been trying to think of other projects to use my jute. As I pulled the last tissue out of the Kleenex box, this vision came to me. Why not? Can’t hurt to try.

I started with a tissue box, cut the top at diagonals, removed the plastic, and glued the flaps down.

Then I spread Tacky Glue on my box, and started wrapping and gluing the jute (from the bottom of the box). To finish the top edge, I cut the jute at an angle and glued down.

Voila! Here’s the box wrapped in jute.

Looked a little unfinished so I decided to make a liner. I went to my stash and found a scrap piece of a canvas drop cloth that I’d used for a previous project (yes, I save nearly everything).

I pulled the canvas over the edges of the box to decide on the length and width, and cut a rectangle to the appropriate dimensions. I centered the box on the canvas and cut squares out of each corner (bottom left photo below). Then I flipped the box over, laid the cut canvas over the box, pinned the edges together as shown bottom right, and sewed it all together.


My box is definitely looking better, but the bottom was a little too flimsy so I decided to cover it with jute too (yes I rescued the Box Top).

Here’s my finished project. Perfect storage for extra washcloths…



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About southernflaircrafts

I am a very busy wife and mother of two beautiful little girls. I work part-time in a flexible position as an Office Administrator for a financial advisory firm; I love the work I do and am especially grateful that it allows me to be a Mom first. I love to create!! Although I think my creativity was born with my first child, before children I would not have considered myself very creative. My mind is always wandering ahead to my next project, whether it's woodworking, sewing, paitning, or crafting with my kids. I also love blog-hopping (and blogging - I'm learning as I go); sometimes I see things I know I have got to make or I see a great creation and am insprired with ideas of my own. I especially like projects that rescue some treasure that would otherwise become another victim of the landfill.
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122 Responses to Upcycled Kleenex Box

  1. Renee A says:

    That’s awesome, I love it!

  2. jclarkazJen says:

    Very creative, and oh so perfect! The canvas insert is a darling finish, and I love it!

    • @ todoimmeasurablymore.blogspot.com Thank you!! I hopped over to your blog to check it out – LOVE IT. I’m going to spend the weekend looking back at your previous posts – don’t want to miss anything.

  3. carrygreen says:

    wow.. thats really good!!

  4. That is such a very clever project! The finished product looks like a million bucks. I’ll never look at my recycling bin the same ever again …



    • Linda – Please stop back and share if you use your magic to transform something from your recycling bin. Thanks for the nice compliment – I can’t wait to empty another kleenex box!!

  5. Well aren’t you the smart one! That turned out excellent! Who would know it was a simple cardboard kleenex box! Love how you lined it too! Great job!

  6. Judy says:

    Such a great project. I love the idea of recycling what would have otherwise been garbage. I would love for you to share this project tonight at my link party that opens at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

  7. Oh my word, this is just adorable. Love this idea. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. Rachel says:

    This turned out so nice! I absolutely love the look. I also love that you used “garbage” and stuff you had on hand. I’d love for you to share this at my link party. http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/06/terrific-tuesdays-19.html

  9. so cute. great idea. can’t wait to try it.

  10. Meegan says:

    What a clever, and great idea!! Found you via Savvy Southern Style.
    Thanks for sharing!
    What Meegan Makes

  11. Debbie says:

    so dang cute.. thanks for sharing

  12. Virna says:

    Great project! I have to make this.

  13. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Tammy, you and I are on the same wavelength! I love creating useful things by Upcycling like this. You did a fabulous job. This looks GREAT!
    ❤ Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  14. Oh, how I hate to throw out tissue boxes, Tammy! I would never of thought of this — totally perfect! I am definitely going to make a few of these!

  15. This is a great tutorial, I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:


    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  16. oh wow. really lovely. want to invite you to come share this and participate in our linky party here: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ ~ Rose

  17. Holly says:

    I pinned you! What an awesome idea. My hubby thinks I’m nuts because I save toilet paper rolls and oatmeal boxes, but you never know what can inspire you! Thanks for the idea.

  18. Holly says:

    BTW Michaels has a pretty good deal on jute in the jewelry dept (and a bonus, it smells like tea tree oil instead of dead nature!)

  19. Love IT! What an awesome idea to use an old tissue box. I so want to make one for our bathroom. ;o)
    Smiles, Paula

  20. I’m so doing this for my guest bathroom! Such a great idea! Visit me at http://www.six-cents.com.

  21. Emily says:

    Wow, I would’ve never guessed that was a kleenex box. great job!

  22. kathie says:

    This is just fabulous! This is perfect for my tiny bathroom and my tiny wallet! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Michele says:

    That is amazingly clever – wow – what a great job!

    Love the way it looks!!!

  24. Jess says:

    This is incredibly cute! I definitely want to make one as soon as I run out of Kleenex. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Jess @ The Delightful Crafter

  25. Thank you so much for linking with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
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  26. Shawna says:

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to do this for my house. I could put so many different things in it. Thanks for sharing.

  27. LA-Crystal says:

    Here’s another “I love it!” – Cute project. Thanks! (I’ll pin, too!)

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  29. Darby Hawley says:

    This is so creative!!
    Stopping by from the It’s Overflowing Party 🙂

  30. I absolutely love this!!! I would never ever guess that that pretty little basket used to be a tissue box. Bravo!!

  31. Kelly says:

    That is amazing! I NEVER would have thought it was originally a tissue box! I can’t wait to try something like that myself.

  32. Beck says:

    Fabulous!!!!! Love love this DIY XO Beck

  33. ngnrdgrl says:

    Love it! Repinning it on Pinterest. Love the upcycling from the recycling bin. I’m going to have to take a better look at my recycling bin.

  34. Donna says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  35. Melisa says:

    So clever, and it looks like something I would buy! I need to make one. 🙂

  36. Roisin says:

    What a cute and clever idea! I really like this! Wish there was some way to “pin” it.

  37. Ann says:

    Love this! It looks like a basket but it’s not and it certainly is cheap enough. I am going to do this for storage in my livingroom. Thanks for the idea!

  38. sara says:

    I love this! We just added on a sewing room and I am trying to find cute ways to stash fabrics and “stuff”. This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  39. Judy says:

    I love this project. I will be featuring it tonight at my link party. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  40. Karima says:

    What a great job you did! I do the same as you – I love making over items into something new – I love the end product – so unique!

  41. Chelsea says:

    Awesome! Love it!

  42. BRILLIANT!! Featuring you tonight 🙂

  43. Maridith says:

    Brilliant, you are like me…I throw away NOTHING, but you really making nothing into beautiful!! Great job

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  45. michelle says:

    wow that is so awesome! i can’t believe you made that out of something people throw away every day.

    i would love for you to link up with Get Your Craft On at the Gilded hare:

  46. WOW!!!! this is terrific xo

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  48. Tammy-

    Adore this…I can’t believe it was a kleenex box! I’ll be featuring you this coming Monday at my site, and also sharing at Pinterest.

    Thanks for sharing @ Creative Juice…

  49. Tammi Velez says:

    I love it when inspiration strikes in unexpected places! A tissue box is about as unexpected as a clorox wipes container – which I spray painted oil rubbed bronze to match my bathroom and use as a small trash can – with a lid! I never would have thought of doing something with all the tissue boxes, and I need something to hold washcloths, etc.! Great work!

  50. This is so clever!! I love that you recycled a kleenex box, it looks like such a pretty storage box now! Thanks so much for linking up, I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-55/

  51. Jenn says:

    So fabulous!!! It looks fabulous. I will definitely be trying to use up all of those kleenex so I can use the box! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring this on Sunday! Have a great weekend!

  52. This is A-mazing! You did an great job recreating your tissue box into something fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. i can’t wait to see what you share next so I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkpotamus

  53. I love it!!! I saved it in my pocket ( read it later), I hearted it, I pinned it and I’m a new follower too!!! This is so clever, j’adore!

  54. Christine says:

    GREAT idea and it looks FABULOUS!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be linking up this evening!

  55. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button 🙂 Your Whims Wednesday is up and going strong! Come link up to the party! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/06/your-whims-wednesday-65-and-features.html

    Also, I’d appreciate if you add my party button to the list you link up to! Thanks!

  56. Oh my Gosh! I LOVE your kleenex box! it looks like a high end basket!


  57. Amy Sarah says:

    What a lovely, clever idea!

  58. Clare Purvis says:

    Very cute way to get a storage box with something you already have! Love it!


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  60. Looks totally amazing! Good way to repupose odds and ends.

  61. Jill says:

    That’s fantastic, really simple but looks super stylish!

  62. That is beyond gorgeous! Utterly impressed! Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday. Bree

  63. Kathy says:

    LOVE IT! This is absolutely fantastic – your post will be featured in my upcoming Home and Garden Thursday post! I appreciate you sharing and hope to see more creativity!
    God Bless,

  64. Great job, looks amazing, and great to meet you on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  65. Hi Tammy. Loved this idea so much I made you the featured blogger on Twinkle in the Eye for Flash Blog Friday. Thanks for flashing! http://www.twinkleintheeyeblog.com/2012/07/flash-blog-friday-linky-party.html

  66. That is pretty nifty! I wish I could just come up with something like that! My mother if very artsy/crafty…but that gene decided to skip me! Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you!! My creativity was born with my children. My Mom is also very crafty; when I was in my 20’s I don’t think there was a crafty bone in my body – now I can’t get enough!!


  67. michelle says:

    just wanted to let you know that i’m featuring your upcycle on my blog this week! you can see it here:

    have a good day!!

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  69. Heather says:

    I am featuring you today! Come on over and grab a feature button!

  70. This is so freaking awesome! I love it!! Way to think “outside of the box”!

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  72. Joey says:

    Saw this on Rustic Crafts and Chic Decor. So simple and perfect! And such a great way to make a box liner for anything! I’ll have to try it. When I do, I’ll let you know and credit you on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  74. Little Sis says:

    I LOVE this. And with a house full of allergies over here, we go through a LOT of Kleenex boxes. Thanks so much for sharing an easy and elegant reuse!

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  76. Ife says:

    This is amazing! It looks just like a basket I have at home :]

  77. This will go perfectly in my bathroom! However I don’t have jute or fabric so I fear that I’d be spending more money upcycling something that easily recycled but I think it’s a super cute idea and I’m going to think of some ways to make this more budget friendly for myself.

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  81. Pure genius! I am at a standstill on an organization project because I need a few containers to, well contain things. These would be perfect.

  82. Kelley F says:

    I am trying this craft right now, so far so good. I just hope mine turns out as well as yours. Do you think you could do it with the tall Kleenex boxes as well?

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  84. I found this on Pinterest today. It’s adorable. Thanks for the awesome picture tutorial. I can’t wait to finish up a box of Kleenex now.

  85. VaNester says:

    Is there any way to do this with plastic? Being a college student, I have received plenty of shower caddies. Thank you for the great ideas.

  86. Rachel R. says:

    Hi, Tammy, I’d like to include this post in a roundup next week. May I use one of your images to link back?

    • Rachel –

      I would be honored if you’d post my Kleenex box project (& you’re welcome to use a picture to link to). I just became a follower of your blog – I can tell I’ll lose myself for days (can’t wait to start browsing).


  87. Loved your idea! I don’t have a sewing machine so I used a cat food box and adapted it a bit….came out cute! Thanks! Here is a link to the pic I posted on facebook…don’t know if it will work. https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1560638_10200767877913983_776146143_n.jpg

  88. pandoratears says:

    I like your upcycle Kleenex box, thank’s for the diy
    good afternoon

  89. Tina says:

    Awesome idea !!

  90. I know this is super old, but I just can’t help but comment on how AWESOME this is! I might have to try it sometime!

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  92. Alina says:

    Awesome! Thinking of trying a similar project out so thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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