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IDEA: cool tissue box covers

Kleenex makes two types of tissue box designs:

1) The predominant designs found on tissue boxes are of the feminine aesthetic. Flowery, flowy pieces of CRAP. Narrrr! I am man! I want manly tissue box covers.

2) The other type: sports designs. Bears tissue box covers. Uf. That’s nice and all, but c’mon. So cliche. to the rescue! or not. Etsy currently offers three ok designs:

The skull box. By far the most masculine. But skulls? c’mon. LAME!

The spongebob tissue box. It’s not manly, but Spongebob just rules.

And the cow tissue box. This one is utterly… well, just ok.

Anyone have any suggestions for what would make a super cool tissue box that one can easily make? I’d like one made out of steel and rusty wire. But I don’t have those materials just lying around. Maybe will have some interesting patterns I can just print and put onto a cardboard box.

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Tom Saaristo

Skulls and crossbones are so 2003 and not particularly categorized as masculine or feminine, at least not to me. Puffs has a better selection of designs. I’ve seen plaids, world maps, sports-themes, etc. I do like the idea of a rusty tissue box cover though, or something made out of a chrome bumper.

Andy Wells
Andy Wells

I have some ideas for manly box covers you could make yourself. 1. Easter Island Statue Tissue Box cover (The Kleenex comes out of the statues nose) MOAI Statue 2. For a halloween theme carve a pumpkin into a tissue box holder. It could get a bit messy if you don’t clean out the gunk inside. Wouldn’t it be sweet to pull a kleenex out of a pumpkin! 3. You could make a wire tissue… Read more »


Not particularly cheap, but you can create your OWN Kleenex boxes at


I’ve always shared a similar dissatisfaction with tissue box design. Some places sell just flat colors. I believe Target sells (sold) them. Check backgrounds are also predominantly feminine. hmph.


How about a TNT box with a plunger that you push down and a tissue ejects out of the box?


You *did* mean that the cow cover was “udderly” just okay, right? Not “utterly,” right? Udderly. Thanks for such a great blog, Matt. Best, Mary


How about one that looks like an old fashioned rotary phone, but when you lift the receiver there’s a hole with tissues coming out? Or one which is perfectly round? That would make getting tissues challenging and maybe kind of fun, uless you were sick and miserable. My father bought some plain wooden tissue box covers at some craft store – Michael’s maybe? – and then he would spray paint them, and then sometimes decoupage… Read more »