Sunday, March 06, 2011

Upcycled Burlap Tissue Cover

Helloooo Ladies! :)

I am SO sorry I've been somewhat MIA the last week or so.  Losing my job, as strange as this sounds, was exhausting!!

I've had no gumption what-so-ever to edit pictures, type up posts or even be on the computer.  

But thank goodness I have been working on some projects. 

And I did complete a project last week that I was so excited to blog about that it sparked my mojo into gear! 

Here is the project that has me all giddy!! :)

I bought this little lovely months ago at one of my favorite thrift stores for $0.95.

I'm on a kick right now trying to get through projects I've had just sitting around and using what I have on hand. 

I'm planning a garage overhaul as soon as spring hits, so I figured I'd make it easier by actually finishing some projects that are just sitting and taking up space.  :)

So, with that in mind, I took my lovely circa 1988 tissue holder and spray painted it brown.

I planned to cover it in burlap, but you can somewhat see through burlap, so the paint just made for a neutral backdrop for the burlap.

Next I Modge Podged my burlap around the tissue holder, and a separate piece for the top.

I'm usually pretty impatient, but this time I actually had to wait for it to dry completely in order to clean up the edges with scissors.

Next, I hot glued a ruffled edge I purchased at JoAnn's Fabric (since I don't sew...I am SO thankful things like this can be bought pre-made!).

Too I also hot glued on some AWESOME trim I bought at JoAnn's awhile back.  This was around $2 a yard, but you can usually find it on sale or they run coupons weekly in the newspaper...which is the only time I buy this kind of stuff.

I had rough, unfinished edges from where I cut the top separate from the sides.  So, I also used the trim around the upper edge.

I just used a pair of small scissors and cut around the edge of the opening to create a clean look.  Since the Modge Podge makes the burlap super stiff, this was easy.

And here you have my finished...very cottage looking...tissue box cover!!!

And since I have a bit more time on my hands, I'm playing with my photography!  So, here's a few more fun shots.

And here is where my new tissue holder sits...

Isn't  it adorable?!?!?  I'm totally in love!! 

And just's one more looksy! :)

Since I did not use anywhere near a yard of the trim pieces, and I had the burlap on hand, I estimated this whole thing cost me around $3. 

Update:  This project was featured at House of Grace



  1. very cute Erin! I love how you transformed it!

  2. Well done! So clever! I just redid some tissue boxes on my blog, come check them out. I'm thinking your burlap and ruffled one would go so well with my desk redo, I maybe have to copy you!

  3. Oh I like! Love the burlap and the material. You did a wonderful job!

  4. Very, very cute. I especially like the little ruffle on the bottom, just like a ballet skirt.(-:

  5. that is SO beautiful & versatile - i love it!


  6. Oooh, I love it, the ruffled edge really completes it!

  7. Erin, that is the cutest dang snot blowing box I have ever seen. I understand you about losing the mojo. It happens to all of us. Mine hit when I had to close my booth..but I've got it back and having a blast inhaling paint fumes- haha
    keep going and finish all those projects so you can see the garage.

  8. This is really inventive! Really cute with the trim! Sorry to hear about your job. I was laid off almost 3 years ago from my mortgage job and was 6 months pregnant at the time.... so I've been staying home raising him. I know what you mean about using what you have. I can't wait to see your other projects!

  9. Now that is a tissue box I would display proudly. I love it on that cheetah box too. Well done. winks- jen

  10. This is adorable! Great idea...those would sell like hot cakes at a craft show!

  11. Yeah- THAT IS AWESOME! Very original!
    I followed your link from Metamorphasis Monday, stop by and visit me at !

  12. Love Love Love it!!!!! Soooo original and beautiful!!!

  13. That has to be the cutest tissue box i've ever seen!! I want one now! lol I'm going to keep my eyes open for a metal tissue box!! Have a good week!

  14. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your job. Your tissue holder is wonderful though. What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

    I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
    I hope you'll join in on the fun.

  15. Mercy! This is cute, cute cute! Well done my friend!

    Many Blessings,

  16. Love your tissue box redo! You've given me the idea to do some for the bedrooms. I'll be looking at trim in a whole new way now! This is my first visit to your blog. I came via BNOTP today. I'm sorry to hear that you lost your job, but it could lead to much better things. Come visit my new blog.

  17. I REALLY love this!!! Great job. :)

  18. Hi, I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am a new follower! :) love your blog!Erin

  19. Seriously cute! I have a couple of those old 80's tissue holders laying around the house somewhere. Now if I ever find them, I know just what I can do with them! LOL

    Hope all is well and that you're adjusting to your new "routine". Pop over and say howdy if you get a chance.

    Your old friend with a new blog,
    Mrs B

  20. Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing:) xo

  21. I love this idea! I have tried burlap on a few different things, but never a tissue - box - very creative! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  22. Very cute.

    I need something in my family room and these gives me a few ideas.

  23. Good luck with the job hunt...I know what it is like...but don't give up. My husband was laid off and is now the tissue holder

  24. What a transformation!! Burlap makes everything better (hehehe) Thanks for sharing :)

  25. What a great idea! I like having Kleenex available but hate the look of the boxes it comes in. I have yet to try Modge Podge but I think I'll have to jump on the old Modge Podge bandwagon soon. I love the texture of the burlap too. :) Thanks for visiting my blog the other day!!