DIY Diaries | 15-Minute Tissue Box Makeover

I sat at my desk a few nights ago brainstorming ideas and putting together the skeleton of my blogging calendar (goals, you guys!!), and I was stuck on DIY-projects. I know this is a photography blog, but I love creating and sharing new craft ideas here, too. Pinterest is a wonderful and beautiful thing, but sometimes I feel like it limits the creative process. When we want to make a project, we run to Pinterest looking for “inspiration”, aka: instructions. But that’s a rant for a whole different blog post.

I stared at the corner of my desk—which is still disorganized from unpacking—at the box of tissues I’d just picked up at the store. I hate picking out tissues. None of the boxes are ever what I want on display in my room and I always find myself wishing that I could just design the patterns myself. Bingo. Lightbulb. Cue the chorus of angels!

Why NOT just design the pattern myself? Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the cardboard craft look and metallics lately, so I peeked inside my plain old boring tissue box and grabbed a gold sharpie and went at it. It took all of about 15 minutes and I am so much happier with this pretty little number sitting on my desk than a plain, mass produced design that belongs in a doctor’s office.

Disclaimer: This project may not be for you if you are, A) A germaphobe—you’ll be taking your tissues OUT of the box and flipping it inside out, B) Not a fan of doodling, or C) Perfectly happy with your current box of tissues :)

Want to make your own custom tissue box? Grab a sharpie (of any color, but I prefer a little bit of gold), some tape, and a tissue box that you can’t stand anymore.

Step 1- Carefully unglue your box at the seams until it’s just a flat piece of cardboard with some tabs. And a hunk of tissues that slightly resembles a roll of toilet paper.

Step 2- Fold the box back up—with the tissues inside and fed through the opening—wrong side out. I used tape to reassemble the box, but honestly glue would have probably worked a bit better. I didn’t have any available, but if you can get your hands on a glue stick, go for it! It should look a little something like this when you’re done:

Step 3- Doodle away to your heart’s content. Use lines, squigglies, hearts, patterns, WHATEVER! I stuck with my scallop pattern that I love so much!

When you’re done, step back in awe of your pretty creation. So much better than before, right? If not, it’s ok! You can always turn it right side out again ;)

So easy and such a big difference! My favorite kind of DIY :) Hope you guys enjoy! I’m heading out now to go Justin and Mary‘s What’s Next Tour! So excited to talk Big Dreams and how to turn them into realities. Can’t wait to share it with you guys!

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