Happy Tears Tissue Box Tutorial

July 2, 2010
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As promised, here is the Happy Tears Tissue Box Tutorial! Posted a day late, but posted nonetheless…lol. Hope you enjoy it! And for you non-crafty brides, my Happy Tears Tissue Boxes are now available for order! Just go to my Order Page and see the designs I’ve listed so far on Etsy! If you want to customize your own, then just send me an email through my Contact Page! I look forward to working with you!

Weddings are a cause for celebration…and sometimes tears. So help your guests wipe those tears in a fun and elegant way with Happy Tears Tissues. Your guests will be delighted by your thoughtfulness, and the fabulous packaging. Read on to learn how to make your own Happy Tears Tissue Boxes, which you can design and decorate to complement your wedding colors, style, or theme!

***PLEASE NOTE*** I have created this tutorial for your personal use. Feel free to teach this project at a stamp camp or workshop. And please feel free to share your Happy Tears Tissue Box creations with others, including online. All I ask is that you show me the courtesy of giving me credit by mentioning my name and linking to my blog. Also, I do ask that you please not distribute this tutorial via any electronic means. Printing out the instructions for your personal use or for a stamp camp/workshop is fine, but transferring the electronic file or posting this tutorial on your blog or website is prohibited. If you want to share this tutorial, please do so by linking to my blog. Thank you.

Now, onto the tutorial! (Click on the photos for enlarged images)

Supplies:

• One 5 ½” x 5 ½” piece of cardstock
• One 4” x 5 ” piece of cardstock
• One small piece of scrap paper
• Wide Oval Punch (from Stampin’ Up!)
• Sticky Strip or strong adhesive
• Pencil
• Paper Trimmer and/or Craft Knife
• Bone Folder or other scoring tool
• Pack of pocket-sized tissues
• Stamps, ink, and decorative papers of your choice to decorate

Step 1:

Take the 5 ½” x 5 ½” piece of cardstock and score it ½” and ¾” in from two sides, like shown.

Step 2:

Rotate the piece of cardstock so that your score lines run along the top and bottom of the piece. Then score the cardstock at ¼” in from both sides, then at 2-5/8” in from both sides. Your cardstock piece should now look like the photo below.

Step 3:

Rotate the cardstock again so that the score lines you just created run horizontally. Use the vertical score lines as a guide and trim the cardstock so that it looks like the photo below. Trim the cardstock using your paper trimmer or a ruler and craft blade. I’ll do my best to explain, but it might be easier to just follow the photo.

  • Start by trimming off the two small rectangles in the top corners.
  • Next, cut a vertical line along the side of the two small squares next to the rectangles you just removed. Only cut until the two score lines meet, creating small flaps like shown.
  • Cut off any cardstock below the second horizontal score line from the top and on the sides of the center section, except for the two small squares on the sides.
  • Cut a vertical line along the side of the two small squares, only cutting to where the score lines meet to create two more little flaps.
  • Your cardstock piece should now look like the photo below (I hope I explained that okay!).

Step 4:

Take the wide oval punch and punch out an oval from your small piece of scrap paper. Use the punched out oval to position where you want the hole for the tissue box. Once you’ve positioned the hole where you want it, use a pencil to trace around the oval to mark where you will punch the hole.

Step 5:

Use your traced oval as a guide and punch out the hole for the tissue box with the Wide Oval Punch.

Step 6:

Fold the box along the score lines and apply sticky strip to three of the flaps like shown.

Step 7:

Remove the adhesive backing from the two side flaps, fold over the top of the box, and adhere the sides down. Your box will look like shown.

Step 8:

Take two pocket tissues and insert them into the tissue box through the remaining open flap. They won’t go in flat and perfect, so bunch them a little bit to get them in the box. They’ll slide in fairly easy, and they can be removed easily, too. They  just won’t lay completely flat in the box.

Step 9:

Remove the adhesive backing from the open flap and adhere it shut. The tissue box is complete! Isn’t it cute?

Step 10:

Now we’ll create the cover for the tissue box to slide into. For this, you’ll need to take the 4” x 5” piece of cardstock and score it along the short side at ¼”. Fold along the score line. To make sure it will wrap around the tissue box properly (so it’s not too snug or too loose), line up the little flap you created to one of the sides of the tissue box. Then carefully wrap the cardstock piece around the tissue box and fold as needed.

Step 11:

Adhere the ends of cover together. Your tissue box should now slide easily into the cover.

Step 12:

Finally, decorate the tissue box cover as desired.

Depending on your design, you may want to decorate the tissue box cover before you fold and assemble it. Also, you can decorate the tissue box itself if you’d like. Simply stamp, emboss, or decorate it before you fold and assemble it! The possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my Contact Page.

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8 Responses to Happy Tears Tissue Box Tutorial

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  2. Maria on July 4, 2010 at 4:48 am

    That is so sweet of you to post this! I know a lot of your followers will enjoy making these :)
    Hope you have a terrific 4th!!
    Maria

  3. Debbie on July 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    You did an amazing job on this tutorial…simply genius! :)

  4. joanne on July 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Thank -you for sharing your idea.

  5. Zaheer Murtuza on July 6, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Thank you…so much, it is such an amazing tutorial. Love it you rock buddy.

    Zaheer

  6. Karen Gilbert on July 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  7. Jen Guarino on July 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Totally adorable and fun for a class!

  8. Linda Jewett on August 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Oh,how I wish that I had seen this at graduation time. This would have been perfect to hand out to the family. Thank you so much for sharing!

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