DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover

DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
When I added this post to our blog calendar, I wasn’t sure if I should really do it.  I mean, it seems a little silly, a tissue box cover?!  But I really, really hate tissue box designs.  I always stand in the store aisle, going through each package, trying to find ones that have the least gaudy design and colors.  And the packages I buy come in threes, so there’s always at least one in there that I really don’t like.  But I am a firm believer in having tissues in almost every room of my house (when you have little kids, there’s pretty much always someone that needs a tissue – especially during these brutal winter months in Western New York), so I thought making a cover seemed at least worth trying.
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
I love how it turned out and how much better it makes my tissue boxes look! Doing small things like this really helps improve the aesthetic of your space.  And sometimes when the larger projects are taking too long to happen, these small improvements help tide me over until there’s money/time to tackle those big projects! And my handy carpenter was able to quickly put this together and it cost under $3 a box because we only needed to buy some wood, everything else we had!
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
Our steps are for this style tissue box, but can easily be customized to work with whatever box style you happen to buy.  I’m a bit of a tissue snob – I have sensitive skin (ugh!), so I use Puffs and this cover works for those boxes.  You could also probably make a bottom for the box and actually empty a tissue box and fill a wooden box with the tissues – or even try filling the box without using a bottom.  But I like the ease of just sliding this cover over my boxes.
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
What you need:
– Birch Plywood – 1/8x12x24 inches
– Table saw
– Ruler
– Scroll saw
– Mitre box
– Sandpaper
– Super glue
– Clamps
– Wood conditioner or polyurethane
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
How to do it:
Measure the tissue box sides and top to figure out the measurements to fit your box and mark the wood accordingly. (Our measurements are listed below to fit this style tissue box). Cut the pieces out on the table saw. Cut pieces to length using the miter box. Measure and mark the opening for the tissues that fit your box. The opening on our tissue box is round, so we used a small bowl to trace half circles, just make sure your opening is slightly smaller than the opening on the tissue box so it will completely cover the cardboard box. Use the scroll saw to cut the opening. Sand off any rough spots. Use the super glue and clamps to attach the pieces together.  This is easiest by doing one piece/section at a time.  Place glue along the side piece, clamp together, let dry for a couple minutes, unclamp, add glue to the next section, and keep repeating till each piece is glued.  Once box is glued together, sand again if needed.  You can also finish your tissue box with a natural wood conditioner, or polyurethane if desired.

2 sides: 4 13/16″ x 4 5/16″
2 sides: 9 1/8″ x 4 5/16″
Top: 9 1/8″ x 5 1/16″
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Tissue Box Cover @themerrythought
So, what do you think? Are tissue box covers a bit silly or something you would have/use??


  • MarisaThursday, January 8, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve always hated tissue box designs too!ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:47 pm

      Thanks Marisa! Good to know I’m not the only one that dislikes them! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gemmaThursday, January 8, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    I love this light wood trend that is going on.ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:47 pm

      Yesss – us too!! Light wood is a fav!ReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:04 pm

    This isn’t silly at all. It’s awesome. Another winner, Manda <3ReplyCancel

  • GretaThursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    I have a wooden tissue box from Japan, and I have always wanted more. Now I can DIY one! Thank you. I have always disliked the patterns on tissue boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:50 pm

      So glad you like this and are inspired by it! If you try it out, we’d love it to see it!ReplyCancel

  • writingmoniqueFriday, January 9, 2015 - 3:30 am

    So cute! I love how classic this looks, way better than any of my weird plastic tissue boxes!


  • Audrey LinFriday, January 9, 2015 - 4:48 am

    I use tissue box covers as well, but I buy ones that are made of cloth 😛 I love this clean, modern look though 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’sReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:51 pm

      Thanks Audrey! And glad to hear that I’m not alone in covering up my tissue boxes! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jenny DFriday, January 9, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    Thank you! I am so happy to see this post. I even giggled outloud as I read it because I do the same thing when trying to find tissue boxes. :)))))ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:45 pm

      Haa! Yes, so glad to know I’m not the only one that does that! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna in N.Friday, January 9, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    I am not “handy” and also dislike the tissue box design.
    In all of my rooms I “must” have a “Kleenex-box” ( as well as a waste-basket).
    I found a good solution for me:
    Several years ago I found (at Michael’s – I think) willow baskets, which are exactly the size of a tissue box. By opening a tissue box at one of the small sides, I can take out the complete stack and put it into the basket.ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:44 pm

      Love that idea – a basket tissue box would look lovely!ReplyCancel

  • honestly, b.Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:25 am

    I absolutely love this and do not think it’s silly at all—quite the opposite! I hardly ever buy tissues because I hate the look of the boxes. If I do, I hide them in a closet or cabinet. This is so beautiful and would be such a nice touch to any room! Thanks so much 🙂ReplyCancel

  • thewellcraftedhomeMonday, January 12, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured this project on my site! You can check it out here:

  • emdotTuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:38 am

    Not silly at all! Chalk me up as yet another person who is tissue-box picky (I’m more picky about the box than the actual tissues, though they must be soft.). I need a nice cover for the box in my car. It tends to get crushed.ReplyCancel

  • colleenpastoorThursday, January 15, 2015 - 8:30 pm

    Haha I stand in the aisles sorting through them too! What a great idea 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DianeThursday, June 18, 2015 - 12:31 am

    I love your tissue box!! I have been wanting to make one out of the wooden bead board panelling. So now that I have a pattern, I will make one and send you the finished product. Thank you so much! DianeReplyCancel

  • Donna S.Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:57 am

    love, love , love!!!!!! I spend way to much time looking for tissues that match my bathroom also. I would love to have two of these but I am kinda dumb! I was thinking that perhaps you could put a box together to include the shower curtain, tissue box and toilet paper holder, people would buy it. Or post a step by step live video, it would help people like me who are deco challenged a lot. I am 100 years old and need help……ReplyCancel

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