With flu season just around the corner, I’ve come up with a stylish and inexpensive DIY grid tile tissue box project! In case you missed my first tissue box cover DIY, check out how I used paper and Mod Podge to create a simple and stylish tissue box in minutes. This DIY is a little more advanced as it involves cutting tiles. But with the right tools and materials, it’s still an easy DIY project. Minimalist and modern, I’m so happy with how this grid tile tissue box cover turned out.
Keep scrolling to find out how you can make your own grid tile tissue box cover too!
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Items you will need:
- Craft tissue box (I bought this tissue box from Bunnings)
- 2 x sheets of white square mosaic tiles (also from Bunnings)
- Tile cutter
- T-Rex glue
- White grout (and a bucket and wooden spoon to mix)
- Grout float
1. Cut one section of tile mosaic that is 5 tiles wide x 3 tiles long. Because you’ll need an opening for the tissues, remove the centre tile. Then glue these tiles onto the top of the craft tissue box using a generous amount of T-Rex glue. You’ll notice the tiles overhang slightly along the edges.
2. For this reason, I cut 2 pieces of cardboard that are the same size as the two long sides of the tissue box to pad these out. Glue one piece of cardboard on each long edge. This will avoid the need to cut down the tiles on the top for the cleanest finish.
3. Then place a section of tile mosaic that is 3 tiles wide x 5 tiles long onto the long side of the tissue box. Using your sharpie, mark where the tile meets the base of the tissue box. So you can get the cleanest cut, draw a straight guide line across.
4. Then cut the tiles along this line using your tile cutter.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other long side of your tissue box.
6. Then glue the cut down mosaic tiles onto the long sides of the tissue box.
7. Following this, it’s time to measure and cut the tiles for the two smaller sides of the tissue box. You’ll need 2 sections of tile that are 3 tiles wide x 3 tiles long. Place these onto the face of the tissue box and again use your sharpie to measure how much tile needs to be cut.
8. Next, it’s time to cut the tiles down to size. It helps to draw straight guide lines with your ruler and pencil so you can line it up perfectly with the blade of the tile cutter.
9. Then glue them in place with T-Rex glue and allow to dry for 24 hours.
10. Once the glue has dried, it’s time to grout the tissue box. At first I was thinking of using a coloured grout for added interest. But my tile cuts weren’t the cleanest so I decided to use white grout. Mix up a batch of grout and use your tile float to press it into all of the joints.
11. Then while the grout is still wet, use a damp sponge to gently wipe away the excess grout.
12. Finally, once the grout has dried use a sander to gently sand down any coarse edges that may need smoothing.
And you’re done! Although this DIY was a little more involved, I’m so pleased with it! Because the tiles protect the tissue box, this is a great one to include in wet areas of the home. For example, use it in your bathroom, laundry or kitchen.
What do you think of this grid tile tissue box cover DIY? Are you going to give it a go? Or do you have any questions I could help with? Pop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you asap.
This article was first published in June 2022.