Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tissue (Kleenex) Box Upcycled! (CSA)

Woohoo ~ I am happy to post the first
CSA (Community Supported Activities/Crafts/Organization)!
Each month a handful of awesome friends and I are going to use a household supply item (that might otherwise be tossed) and find a way to upcycle it! You can join in on the fun – November 2012 is a glass jar and December 2012 will be a wrapping paper tube so start thinking and creating! There will be a random winner each month!

This month was to upcycle a tissue (kleenex box). I was truly impressed by what some of the crafters came up with! I hope you get some fresh ideas and enjoy this post of…

TISSUE (Kleenex) BOX
Community Supported Activities/Crafts/Organization

for All Ages!

MADE by, Angelina and her near 4 year old
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Tissue Box
  • Glitter Glue
  • Foam with sticky backing
  • Scissors
  • Empty Thread Spools (I have a lot of them.  Can use big buttons too)
  • 2 Straight Sticks (Used ones leftover from my stuffing supplies)
  • Rubber Bands (To secure the spools onto the sticks)
  • Paint (Tempura or Acrylic)
    2 Google Eyes
Create the Bot Box!
I helped with putting the eyes on and cutting some of the foam.  3 year old was able to cut some of it, but she put most of it on (I helped with a few pieces), peeling off the backing and all.  We both had fun with the glitter glue, and she did all the painting.  I helped poke the holes in the bottom of the box for the sticks to put the "wheels" on, and secured them on.
We just used our imagination!

From "Bless you" to "blessings"
MADE by, Maya (eighth grade crafter and good kid)  Charli (creative kindergartner and future dancer) and and Melodie (part time teacher and wannabe rock star)
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Tissue box
  • Tempera paint (orange, yellow)
  • Modge podge
  • Fall leaves (some are from Michael's and some are from our yard)

1.   We took our empty tissue box which is used when we say "bless you". We painted it orange and yellow with tempera paint. Let dry.
2.   Next use mod podge to cover it with fall leaves.
3.   We plan to each write a blessing or something we are thankful for on slips of paper each day in November and read them out loud on Thanksgiving day.

MADE by, Katie
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Small kleenex boxes (about 6)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stickers for words and numbers
  • Magazine clippings, stickers, or pictures could be used for season cards

Create the calendar by:
Holder is small kleenex box
Cards for months, weeks, and days are side pieces of small kleenex box
Season that goes on the top is the top of the small kleenex box
Sections are divided by rolled up tissue that has been taped.

MADE by, Gretchen and her 5-year old!
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Kleenex box
  • Black Paint
  • Black Pipe cleaner
  • Tape
  • Black Construction paper (2 - 2” triangles, and 6 - ¼ wide by 5 inch long strips)
  • Pink Construction paper (2 – 1 ½ “ triangles and 1 – 1” rounded triangle for nose)
  • Googly eyes (or green const. paper – make 2 – 1” green circles and cut 2 – 1/2 “ black circles to glue on bottom edges.)
  • Glue
  • Chalk or White Crayon or marker
1.   Paint box black. Let dry.
2.   Make a small hole in back of box to stick pipe cleaner in. Will need to secure with tape. Twist to look like a cat-tail.
3.   Glue pink triangles inside black triangles. Glue to front, top, outer edge of box.
4.   Glue pink rounded triangular nose in middle front of box. Glue eyes above nose.
5.   Glue 3 whiskers on each side of nose.
6.   Color a side-ways 3 below nose for mouth.
7.   Fill with candy, glow sticks, or eye-masks to pass out at a party.

MADE by, Gretchen and her Ninja
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Kleenex box
  • Red paper (2 pieces)
  • Black card stock
  • Yellow paper
  • White paper
  • Chinese dragon or snake picture (found from
  • 2 popsicle sticks cut in 1/4
1.   Cut red papers lengthwise the size of your kleenex box. Tape on to cover side of box. With leftover red, cut out ½” circle for later step.
2.   Cut out 2 small Chinese dragons and paste on middle sides of front. (I cut one larger one in half but made them thinner for this project)
3.   Cut out a 4” oval out of white paper to paste in center of 2 dragons.
4.   With black card stock, cut out a rendition of a three-tiered Chinese castle roof, starting with the lowest one the size of your Kleenex box. I made little triangular points at each corner to glue “fire” to.
5.   Cut out 4 yellow fire sticks to paste on each corner of roof. Cut out a thin yellow strip for top of bottom tier of roof. Glue red circle, cut out in step 1, to middle of top tier.
6.   Glue 3-4 ¼ popsicle sticks in a downward row below the oval to look like stairs. Use 2 of the remaining popsicle sticks on each side to look like the castle is on stilts.
7.   Store Ninjago Spinners and cards in it!

They are kind of petite for trick-or-treating candy, but if you are trying to cut back maybe you can just quit when they are full!  :)
MADE by, Laura and her boys!
The Stuff
The FUN!
For Decoupage Box:
  • Kleenex box
  • Glue
  • Food coloring or paint
  • Newspaper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Shish kabob skewer (or something to poke holes with)
  • Ribbon

For Duct Tape Box:
  • Kleenex box
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Shish kabob skewer (or something to poke holes with)
  • Ribbon

Decoupage Trick-or-treat Box

1.   Mix glue with food coloring or paint color of choice (I also added a little water to make it thinner).
2.   Tear strips of newspaper and then layer them around the box, painting them on with the colored glue. Cover the top as well, but leave the hole open.  Allow to dry overnight.
3.   I did this one with my 5 year old, so after it was dry I gave him a black permanent marker to draw on a jack-o-lantern face.
4.   Next, poke holes in two sides of the box to attach the handle.  (I used a wooden shish kabob skewer.)
5.   Thread a ribbon through one hole and tie a knot on the inside end so that it won't pull back through the hole.  Thread the other end through the hole on the other side and tie another knot on the inside end.

Duct Tape Trick-or-treat Box

1.   Layer duct tape (in color of choice) around the kleenex box, covering the top except for the hole.
2.      I made this one with my 3 year old, so I had him tell me the shapes he wanted for his jack-o-lantern's eyes, nose, and mouth.  I cut them out of black paper and then he glued them on to make the face.
3.      Next, poke holes in two sides of the box to attach the handle.  (I used a wooden shish kabob skewer.)
4.      Thread a ribbon through one hole and tie a knot on the inside end so that it won't pull back through the hole.  Thread the other end through the hole on the other side and tie another knot on the inside end.

Can be used with many subjects/topics for learning
MADE by, Sara, Hornet and Roly Poly!
The Stuff
The FUN!
  • Tissue box
  • Blue paper
  • Modge podge
  • Paint brush
  • Small dowel
  • Yarn
  • Small magnet
  • Glue
  • Paper (cut into fish, squares, whatever)
  • Paper clips

1.   Modge podge colored paper over the box. *we also plan to add sea creature pictures
2.   Make fishing pole by gluing yarn to one end of dowel and other end to small magnet.
3.   Make “fish” by writing words, math problems, sounds, … on small pieces of paper. Add paper clip to each paper.
4.   Go fishing! Fish for a paper by putting magnet in the box and pulling out a paper. Read it, add it, sound it out,… Have fun!

More ideas…

We made these tissue box Vases at my Garden Event

Check out this Marker Caddy that Aunt Peaches made from
a shoe box - would be cute with
a Tissue Box as well!

Like these Upcycled Kleenex Box Gift Tags

from Cute and Useful!


Check out my Pinterest Board
for more Tissue Box Ideas!

 Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the TISSUE (Kleenex) BOX Upcycled CSA!
Happy Crafting
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