Plastic Canvas Tissue Holder Craft

DIY plastic canvas tissue box

Make a Plastic Canvas Tissue Holder for Mom or Grandma on Mother’s Day or Christmas . This project is also good for your group to make for patients in nursing homes. Be sure to check with your nursing home or facility to make sure they will accept your project. You can use this craft to teach beginning sewing skills and measurements. It takes approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours for one Tissue holder to be completed. Thanks to team member Laura for supplying photos and instructions.


In 1928, the familiar pop-up tissue cartons with a perforated opening were introduced. In 1929, colored Kleenex tissue was introduced and a year later printed tissues. Source – Thoughtco – The History of Kleenex Tissue

  • Plastic canvas
  • 4 Shoe lace yarn
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)

Cut a rectangle in the middle of one of the 4 ½” by 2 ½” pieces approximately 1” wide and 2” long.

Tip: Cut a piece of scrap paper to the size you want and put it up against the plastic canvas to come up with where you want the hole and use a marker so you know where you want the cuts to be.

Trim the edges of the inside of the opening as best you can. You will be using the yarn around the opening to make pulling tissue out easier.

Lace around the inside of the opening you made. We tucked the end of the lace under the first few stitches to secure. We left the last few stitches loose, tucked the end under, tightened each stitch and tied a knot and trimmed the end.

Stitch the 2 ½” by 1 ½” piece of canvas to the top piece just completed.
Continue stitching attaching one of the 4 ½” by 1 1/2” pieces to the 2 ½” by 1 ½” piece. Continue attaching pieces until you have all attached.

Tip: When you can fold the pieces of canvas on top of each other you can go through two holes at one time. The canvas is very flexible and you will be able to do this even with the sides.

Starting at the center, sew up one side, across a top and down the other side. Continue until all sides are connected. We tied knots inside the connecting pieces instead of the tucking method. Trim after knotting.

You can achieve a more finished look by going through the holes at the connecting corners two or 3 times.

The final knot once all 4 sides are attached is tricky. If your fingers are too big to reach all the way in, bring the lace up inside the ‘box’ to use the opening in the front. Make one stitch through the canvas right on top of the stitches already there and make the final knot. Use the leftover yarn to finish the two sides using the tucking method.

We decided to add some embellishments with our hot glue gun. You can leave yours plain or decorate it. It’s up to you.

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