Try making an upcycled DIY Desk Organizer from empty tissue boxes

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A DIY desk organizer made of recycled Kleenex tissue boxes

The winter months are cold and flu season, which means we are left with lots of empty Kleenex® tissue boxes. Instead of throwing them away why not use them as the perfect addition to your home office by making your own customized desk organization system with your kids using upcycled Kleenex® boxes - perfect for storing work or school supplies.

Kleenex® Brand tissues are made for every moment life throws at us – whether it’s tears, runny nose sniffles or spills so keeping Kleenex® tissues on hand at my home has been essential for all life moments with my family. Not only are Kleenex® tissues absorbent and gentle, they sooth and moisturize your skin. But what do you do with all of the empty Kleenex® boxes when you are done with them?

Here’s where upcycling comes in handy: Upcycling allows you to repurpose something that would otherwise end up in a landfill or at a recycling center. With a few simple steps, you can turn your empty Kleenex® boxes into a fun, customized, and practical DIY desk organizing system with compartments to fit all of your daily work and learning needs. Added bonus? Clearing the clutter off your desktop and sorting it into these colorful bins will leave plenty of easy-access space for an important everyday item and America’s #1 facial tissue brand, Kleenex® facial tissues.

The supplies you’ll need for this DIY project:

  • Multiple boxes of Kleenex® Trusted Care facial tissues (I used six boxes with 100 tissues each for this configuration)
  • Decorative paper (I used eight pieces of 12” x 12” scrapbooking paper)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (for adult use only)
  • Utility knife (for adult use only)
  • Transparent tape
  • How to decorate a Kleenex tissue box

How to make a desk organizer with Kleenex® Tissue Boxes

    Step 1. Mark a 2” height around the Kleenex® boxes, then use a utility knife to cut the boxes to size.
    DIY crafting a desk organizer with Kleenex tissue boxes step 1
    Step 2. Center one cut box on the back of a piece of decorative paper and use a pencil to mark the position of all four corners.
    Step 3. Use a ruler to draw straight lines from the top, bottom, and sides of the paper to the four corner markings.
    Step 3: Marking the four corners of a piece of paper
    Step 4. Cut the outside rectangles you just drew, leaving two wide tabs and two narrow tabs.
    Step 4: Cutting outside rectangles of the same piece of paper
    Step 5. Use one of the cut paper rectangles from Step 4 to lengthen both narrow tabs. Mark and cut the paper rectangle to size, then tape it in place.
    Step 5-1: Use one of the cut paper rectangles from step 4  Step 5-2: Cutting and taping new rectangle from step 5-1
    Step 6. Flip the paper right-side-up and fold each of the four decorative paper tabs toward the center.
    Step 7. Tuck the folded paper into the cut box.
    Step 8. Fold the paper tabs around the tissue box, taping them in place.
    Step 8: Folding paper tabs around tissue box
    Step 9. Repeat until you’ve covered each of your cut Kleenex® boxes.
    A DIY desk organizer made of recycled Kleenex tissue boxes

This simple DIY arts and crafts project is fun for you and your kids to make together at home. Share with us your creations and show us how creative you can be with Kleenex® facial tissue boxes. Make sure to tag @Kleenex and #KleenexCrafts.

By Denise Wild: Sewing & Craft Expert