Tissues deserve the spotlight for a change. After all, they’ve been there for us through sickness, sadness, and even a boo-boo. It’s not fair that they have to sit on that cold bathroom counter, in that ugly cardboard box getting all dusty. Instead, let’s showcase our magnificent, versatile, little disposable hankies and give them a gorgeous home where folks will stop and say, “Wow! Look at that gorgeous tissue in that stunning bathroom tissue dispenser!
Welcome to this month’s Thrifty Style Team edition with 13 of us DIY bloggers bringing you decorating projects from our homes to help inspire you while saving cash (see all 13 at the end!) I decided to whip up some classy sassy tissue dispensers using thrift store finds that normally wouldn’t be used this way.
Magenta Vase Turned Tissue Dispenser
#1 is my favorite, created from a tired magenta glass vase. I bet this was a gift to someone years ago with a big bouquet in it (how lovely). I am in love with the curves, and vibrant pink/purple color, aren’t you?
TIP: After the tour, I’ll show you how to get the tissues inside all of these “dispensers”.
All I had to do was shine up the magenta colored glass with soap & water, and remove the price tag with a little rubbing alcohol. I styled it afterward with that little thrift store plate I use for my rings, and a glass kitty my mom gave me years ago. That cat looks rather crabby 😆.
Orange Vase Turned Tissue Dispenser
#2 is all about those ribbed orange curves. I’ve been eating a ton of oranges lately, so maybe that’s why I love this one so much, or it could be my mom’s Avon moisturizer jar paired along side. I adore orange & turquoise together. By the way…I keep buttons in that jar. Isn’t it pretty?
Green Pedestal Bowl Tissue Holder
#3 is all about the BO-TAN-I-CAL. This green pedestal bowl is what started this whole parade to be honest. I recently used this green heavy glass dish for the tissue dispenser in our upstairs bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen that shocker, you can see it in full here: Modern Botanical Bathroom Makeover. It literally took me 2 seconds to stuff the tissues inside.
Farmhouse Pitcher Tissue Dispenser
#4 I saved for all my farmhouse lovers. I looked around the house to see what else I could stuff with tissues 😆 and this knock-out porcelain pitcher was in our guest bathroom that hasn’t been used in over a year now 😢. I scored this beautiful Franklin Mint pitcher from an antique store. Needless to say, I’m keeping it upstairs with me to play with, I kind of forgot about it.
So, as for the tissues, I was really skeptical at first, but wow, I ended up stuffing almost an entire big box of tissues in there. It really works, just follow my tutorial for getting those tissues in correctly, below.
Sexy Red Glass Tissue Box
Well, it is sexy isn’t it 🤭? Can you believe that the red glass “tissue box” is a vase from a bouquet my husband gave me years ago? What makes it even better, is that it also held a ton of tissues which makes it so convenient. I paired it with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, I mean a dollar store glass rose.
DIY Tissue Dispenser Tutorial
Pull a chunk of flat tissues out of a big flat box of tissues and lay them flat on your counter. The key is not to do too many. Remember, the bigger the opening on your container, the more you can do (although the more you lengthen the bunch it will extend the amount you can do). If you do too many, the roll will be too tight to pull a tissue out.
Fold over the first 2 tissues like this:
Roll it up like the photo below, and stick it into your container. Experiment with this. I now store my “refill” container of tissues upright under my bathroom sinks. It takes 3 seconds to refill.
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