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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Two Tissue Boxes For My Desk Redo

For my continuing desk/office space remodel I had two tissue box covers I'd found at a Thrift Store. They were flowery and oh so eighties but they were .99 each so I nabbed them. Here's the first one which my daughter, Insanely Creative Christy, Mod Podged with cleanly cut book pages. She is neat and methodical in her craftiness while I am more untidy and, um, let's say, flightier in my craftiness. ;0) But I did add the chalkboard label. See how nicely it came out between the two of us?

And it matches the Mod Podged storage boxes and the little cubbyhole shelf so well!

Then I remembered this post over at Can't Stop Making Things about making faux first editions with hot glue and tissue paper. Here's the inspiration pic....

And here's the link...

So cool! This is just one of many neat projects on that clever blog.

I used a very similar technique in my own blog post, but I never thought to make faux books with it! Here's my link.....


So I added dimension with hot glue, then decoupaged crinkled tissue paper over everything and painted the whole shebang black. I brushed on Elmer's glue then white paint for a cool crackled look, then dry brushed with black. NOTE-let the glue get tacky and brush on the paint in one direction only. You will see the crackle magically appear as the glue and paint dry! It is VERY COOL.

Here's a link to my Elmer's glue crackle paint post-


I added more details and a number with a Sharpie then glued on a vintage style heart and skeleton key. Lovin' it!

And now I have TWO tissue box covers for my desk. Hmmm. I like them both. Instead of choosing between them, I'll just have to put one on each side, lol!

These were both fun, easy projects and cheap, too. That's a win win in my book. I'll be linking up to the parties in my sidebar, come visit and see what's cooking in blogland this week!


  1. Im totally doing that to match my book covered office. Off to goodwill...

  2. These are adorable and so clever! I get the best ideas from this blog.

    I also wanted to let you know that I've chosen you for a blogger award. You can go here (below) to pick up the button and instructions.

  3. Oh my gosh, I thought they were actually books! These look great!

  4. Mom, that is AWESOME! I couldn't even tell it was paint and not real books. Coooool.

  5. I just recoverd an old tissue cover too!!! :)

    Yours both look fantastic!! I can't believe you painted the books one!! Great job! :)

  6. Very nice!!! I'm with you, don't know which one I like best. Lovely! Vicki

  7. Decided to try my own vintage book project after being inspired by you. I am going to do a link back ofcourse :)

  8. Both of your tissue boxes are adorable!

  9. These are so cute. I've had a cold for almost two weeks now and I have become bff's with my kleenex box and it is definitely not cute like yours. This has spurred some ideas for me.
    Thanks for sharing it on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  10. waooo..this is such a nice project,love it,hmmm

  11. really cute!! what a great project :)

  12. you now have 607 followers! Come check some of my crafts out! :D Love those boxes!

  13. Hi I'm your newest follower. I found you on FJI. I love the tissue box project! But here's my big question... how did you do the blog parties on your sidebar? I want to do that to mine. I like the mini buttons. I'd love to know! And stop by me sometime!
    Thank you

  14. Love your blog! I added your blog to an article I wrote on great craft blogs:


    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  15. Wow! Thank you for featuring my faux first edition books. How much fun that we were both featured onPeg's article craft blogs for recycled craft. I'm glad I found your blog and am now a follower.

  16. Greetings from Southern California

    I believe God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things and I will live until my work is done. Visiting blogs is high on my list of things to do. I recently read there are about 20 million blogs worldwide. Right now I am so far behind I don't think I will ever die!

    God bless you and have a nice day :-)

  17. I love your boxes! I'm writing it down in my things to try. Thank you for sharing your process.

  18. Than you for sharing this idea. These tissue holders are really very beautiful especially the second one. It sure does involve more work but the end result is just fabulous. This post will definitely inspire several homeowners to come up with different things from these processes. This is indeed an inspiration! This will give ideas to those who are shredding Houston paper documents or those who are looking for ways to re-purposing or re-using their paper items. Again, thank you for sharing this post.


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