Friday, November 4, 2011

Burlap Week: Day 5...Burlap Tissue Box Cover

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BURLAP WEEK DAY 1: Deconstructed French Chaise
BURLAP WEEK DAY 2: "Faux Sew" Burlap Pillow Cover
BURLAP WEEK DAY 3: Plaid Pattern Burlap Coaster
BURLAP WEEK DAY 4: Burlap & Jute Placemat
BURLAP WEEK DAY 5: Burlap Tissue Box Cover
BURLAP WEEK DAY 6: Burlap Earring Display

Yay! Another no-sew fabric project! This tissue box cover has actually had a couple previous looks.


The photo above on the left is how it looked when it was purchased. In a past makeover, I recovered it in crewelwork fabric as shown in the photo on the right above. Here's how I did it...

  • Fabric-covered tissue box (this one found at Home Goods)
  • Your fabric of choice
  • Cutting board
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Gorilla Tape

I started with a scrap of fabric. I decide to square off the fabric so that I could make sure I had enough fabric to cover the lid of the tissue box cover. I simply lined up the straight edge ruler and zipped the rotary cutter down the edge. I repeated for the remaining sides.

I placed the fabric face down on the table and set the tissue box upside down on top of it.

I cut a 90 degree angle off of the first corner. I cut a slit from the corner of that 90 degree angle toward the corner of the box. To wrap box, I started by folding over the raw edge of the 90 degree angles about 1/2 inch. I then folded the sides up and attached with Gorilla Tape. I repeated for all sides.

To wrap the center, I cut a slit using the rotary cutter. I then used scissors to cut from the slit toward the outside of the opening. I repeated this about every 1/2 inch all around the opening.

I used Gorilla Tape to attach the fabric to the box.

Here's what it looks like when it's all done. It's not pretty, but it is extremely functional! As often as I change my mind with decor, I wanted to make sure that I could change out the fabric or return the tissue box to its original state whenever the whim strikes. If I wanted to make it permanent, I would have used Gorilla Glue, fabric glue, or even a glue gun.

Feeling the need for a simpler look, I recovered it this time in burlap using the same steps outlined above.

It basically involves wrapping it just like you would a gift.

I love how the neutral brown base can work with so many different looks. The burlap covered tissue box has a happy autumn home in the guest bath.


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  1. You're a burlap genius! This is great too. I need to find a prettier option for tissues. Color coordinating a box and throwing it on a dresser is just DIY sad. lol

  2. I love your latest tissue box - AND the old one too!!!

    I'm hoping to re-make the million ugly tissue boxes I have around my house - so this is an excellent tutorial on how to do it!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Take care,


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