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Sunday, December 6, 2015

My hands can do this --- DIY Table Mini Tissue Holder

I just saw this empty container on top of the counter.  My eldest daughter likes to buy wet tissues and I pondered, “Hmmm… This is a nice, durable container.  What can I do with this?”  Then I got an idea that I can transform this to something new and usable container.  A container that she can use and put it on top of her table -- storage can for her pens, pencils, clips, coins, etc.  It can also be turned into a table mini trash can or table mini tissue holder itself as the greenecraft project I’m featuring today.     

Original Wet Tissue Container

Whatever purpose you can think of,  this container can provide it.  It just needs a little imagination of how we can make it more attractive to reuse it.  Let’s think twice before throwing something into the trash can.   Not everything is a trash.   Let’s not just trash  the trash to lessen the trash in our environment.  

wet tissues plastic container
colored marker (water proof / permanent)
chisel knife
masking tape
big scissor
glue gun / glue sticks
ice cream sticks (colored)
q-tips / cotton balls

Level of Difficulty – easy


1)  Remove the plastic wrap.   Using a chisel knife, enlarge the hole and finish smoothly up to its edge only as shown in the picture below:

Hole Enlargement

2)  The use of masking tape is optional because it will depend on the kind of image you like to draw.  In this case, I try to determine the boundary for the upper and lower part of the image I like to draw by applying masking tape on the upper and lower indented edges as shown in the picture below: 


Attaching the Masking Tape

 3)  You can draw any image, write simple quotes, or any picture you like to copy.  If you don’t know how to draw, you can trace a picture on it by using a carbon paper.  Then use your preferred permanent colored markers to color it. 

In this case, I chose to draw my own picture that I imagined. Using a brown colored pen, I started marking the edge of the masking tape at the lower area of the first phase only.  Then I started drawing the picture using the colored markers.  After I finished the drawing on the first phase, I removed the masking tapes and started drawing on the second phase as shown in the picture below:  

Drawing Process
4)  Using a q-tip, dip it slightly in an acetone.  You can use it to erase the color or start the lightening up (shading) process of the colors.  It will give emphasis to the areas of the picture that need to pop up as shown in the picture below:

Shading Process of Colors

5)  Measure and cut the ice cream stick ends by 1 inch.  Measure and cut the remaining stick by ½ inch carefully with your big scissor.  Make several size of it until whole stick is consumed. Get another stick and do the same procedures. 

Using your glue gun with glue stick, attach vertically the first pre-cut 1-inch stick to the boundary side line of the container near the indented edge.  Then attach the first 1/2 – inch stick next to it horizontally.  Do the same procedures until you reach the other boundary line on the other side of the container.   

Whatever side you choose to show, they should have continuity of the theme of the picture.  You can also use other used coverings, like printed plastic cover, brown paper bag,  gift wrapper or cloth, if you don’t like to draw or don’t know how to draw.

Whether wet or dry tissues, it really needs something to keep it from getting dirty when set on the table.  For tissue roll, remove carefully the roll paper inside the tissue.  Pick the tissue from the innermost of the tissue roll and insert it into the hole.  Put the whole coreless tissue roll inside the container and closed the cap.  Now, it is ready to be used.   

So, from the original wet tissue container,  I transformed it into an attractive, reusable, mini table tissue holder as shown in this video:


DIY Table Mini Tissue Holder

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