Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Repurposed Tissue Box

I can't remember where or when I bought this vintage silver tissue box.  I thought it was so pretty, but was never able to find a box of tissues that fit inside; they were all too deep.  It didn't sell at a couple of my antique shows either, so it was time for Plan C:  Repurpose.

Repurposed vintage tissue box


Mother's Day sign made from a vintage tissue box
The size of the lettering on this old sheet music cover was perfect.  Just in time for Mother's Day too.

how to repurposed a vintage tissue box
I cut out a piece of cardboard to fit inside the lid and used a glue stick to attach   the sheet music.  The last time I used a spray adhesive on sheet music, it bled right through.  A little bit of E-6000 glue holds everything in place.

turn an old tissue box into a hanging sign
Metal punch pliers are great for making clean holes in soft metals up to 18 gauge.

how to turn an old tissue box into a hanging sign
I used a 8mm jump ring to attach a 10" section of chain from an old necklace. 

tissue box
It was looking like it needed a little something extra, so I added this little flower pin to the center of the chain.

repurposed tissue box
For the box, I cut out a piece of cardboard just a little smaller than the bottom,  and a piece of black velvet about an inch larger all around. This time I used spray adhesive to attach the velvet to the cardboard.  I very carefully and professionally taped down the edges of this precisely cut piece of velvet;-)

use an old tissue box to display jewelry
I think this might just work as a way to display some of my jewelry.  Or, I could take out the velvet, throw in a linen napkin and use it as a bread basket.  Or, with glass on the bottom it would work as a container for pretty bottles.  Or......

repurpose a vintage tissue box
Box and lid back together again.


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32 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love what you did whit this tissue box!

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  2. Oh, this box is lovely! Did you have it at the show in Roseville?!?! You have such creative ideas!!!

    xxoo

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  3. Wow! Clever ideas! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  4. So creative! You are amazing!
    Linda

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  5. Love it!! You have come up with some great ideas for its use.
    Enjoy your day.

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  6. what a gorgeous transformation of something that you could not use otherwise! wow...soooo creative! well done! :)

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  7. Looks lovely.I like to use vintage tissue box holders to store my jewelry bits for re-purposing.The size is good for laying out necklaces and keeping them from bunching up.

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  8. You always have such amazing ideas! You really know how to think outside the (tissue) box!!! :)

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  9. That was a really cool idea! Love it!!

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  10. Beautiful transformation, love it!
    XXX Ido

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  11. Gorgeous! The pin in the center of the chain is a perfect touch. Turning that lid into a frame is SO CLEVER, this is why you are the an inspiration to moi.

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  12. That is really pretty! love it.

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  13. So pretty! You are so creative!
    *hugs*deb

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  14. Super good idea, those were made for the old size tissue boxes...but what a great new use. Very clever.

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  15. This is such a great idea!!! I have an old metal tissue box....can't wait to try this!!!

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  16. Aaaaahhh!!! You're so amazing! Where do you come up with these ideas? I have one of these boxes in my space, if it hasn't sold yet I'm bringing it home to "repurpose". Thanks for the idea!

    Hugs to you Miss Betsy,
    Irma

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  17. What a great idea...it looks wonderful!

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  18. I've said it before and it's so true -- you are so creative! Bet it wouldn't stay in your booth very long after setting-up now!!

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  19. Betsy, this is one of the best re-use projects I have seen! So creative, and seriously lovely!! Such a great idea!

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  20. This is very creative and a great repurpose project. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Wow, what a neat tissue box! I love the sign and how you used the box over again! Thanks for sharing. Your newest follower.

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  22. I would WEEP if I received something like this!! Stunning, stunning!! What a great job you did repurposing it!!

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  23. That is truly beautiful for plan C! How creative--I love it. Patty

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  24. That's pretty neat - good idea and looks great. Here by way of Brambleberry Time Travel Thursday. Enjoyed my visit. Thanks, Jenn

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  25. Ohhhhhhh you are good! What a cleaver transformation. I love it~~anyway you put it. Beautiful!!!
    smiles...Tammy

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  26. You just have the most wonderful imagination!

    I especially like the way the bottom of the box turned out for jewelry display....downright cool!

    And what can I say about that tape job.......

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  27. Betsy, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful creations! I love what you did with the pieces separately, and the whole thing looks great put back together again. How versatile that piece is now!

    Thanks for linking to the party. I always love seeing your pretty projects. And with my computer back in my hands, I can now come and tell you! ;)

    Hugs,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  28. What a great idea, and so "green" and thrifty! Would you please post a link on my Mother’s Day Themed Linky Giveaway party? http://the4rsRamblings.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Sandy

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  29. Very cute idea. I've been closing in and adding handles to these old tissue boxes but I haven't found any cheap in months! But I don't think I've ever seen a silver one.
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Susanne.

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  30. how sweet! I have a piece that is similar. I only have the top piece that rests on top of a tissue box. I've known it would make a nice frame, just can't decide "what" to frame.
    gail

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  31. Perfect!! I see tissue boxes a lot, but have never been able to see past the... tissue box. I'll definitely have a different eye from now on. Heck, I might even have one packed away I could play with.

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