DIY tissue boxWe just got back from my cousin’s wedding and I AM EXHAUSTED! Indian weddings are the best times ever, but there is a lot to do. The week literally flew by and now, we’re taking some unplanned, but well earned, time off to relax and get over the jetlag.  So, I’ve been pulling things out of my personal archive (yes, I have a load of DIY tutorials that we’ve made, but haven’t shared yet) and for the next couple of  tutorials, I’m going to be sharing those. First up, is this pretty DIY tissue box, I made for my grandmother a couple of weeks back. She wasn’t feeling too well. So, we set up a pastels themed table for her to keep on her bedside. Including this simple DIY tissue box. Here’s how you can make it too!

pastel tissue box

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Budget: Low


  • Wooden Tissue Box (I got mine here)
  • Tissues
  • Paints (we used baby pink, blue and white)
  • Sponge
  • Masking / Magic Tape
  • Pearl Stickers

Handmade tissue box


Now, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re no stranger to masking. But, if it’s your first time reading, here’s our secret to painting absolutely straight lines – magic tape!

Start by marking out the divisions on your wooden box and pasting lines of tape on it. The lines of tape need to start on one side, go over the top and end on the other side. It’s best to use one length of tape, per line. As it helps make the panels match.

How to make a decorative tissue box

Then, taking one colour at a time, paint in the spaces between the tape. It doesn’t matter if the paint goes over the tape, as it peel off with the tape.

You can use the colours of your choice in any order. I used baby blue and pink in the alternate panels and let it dry out completely. Then I peeled off the tape and added fresh lengths of tape over the painted portions to paint in the white details. While the thinner white lines were drying, the sides and bottom of the tissue box were filled in with white paint, lightly sponged on.

pink and blue tissue box

Once the painting is complete, you can add a finishing touches by putting lines of pearls in various sizes. The trick to getting straight lines of pearls is to place a scale against the line and paste the stones just above it.

And that’s pretty much it, to making these pretty in pastels tissue boxes!

tissue box craft

Things you should keep in mind:

  • No water. If there’s any water mixed with the paint its going to spread or let the base shine through.
  • Make sure the tape is pasted really well, before you start painting. If there are any air bubbles on the edge, the paint will a 100% seep through. Similarly, wait for the paint to dry completely before you take off the tape.

diy tissue box craft

How do you like our DIY tissue box craft? Leave a comment in the section below and tell me how you would decorate your tissue box, I would love to read and try out your ideas.