Rubik’s Cube Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

March 5, 2013Allison Murray
DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, there is a possibility t hat you may have noticed the killer tissue box cover that resides on the table next to Sheldon’s spot. It is a bit of geeky kitsch that definitely stands out!

Since my father absolutely loves the show (and Sheldon in particular) I thought it would be neat to make him something that could double as a prop! Or, at least the understudy to a prop on his favorite show.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

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I first looked for one to buy, but they were all yarn on plastic canvas and I just don’t like those types of tissue boxes (they remind me of old people which is probably totally inaccurate). And while my father is older than me I don’t want to push him over the elderly ledge just yet.

So I did what any perfectly sane person would do… I stared at screen shots of the box on YouTube and then formulated a plan based on my best assumptions for how this nifty kitsch was created for the show.

For this project you will need:

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

So here is the box before. From what I can tell this is most likely what the prop is. There are also wood covers you can make and DIY, but the texture isn’t right for it to be that. In the end, the paper mache works out brilliantly.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

Take your box and paint very, very light coats of black onto it. Be careful because any pooled paint can make the paper texture puff up from the moisture. Just brush it on thinly and repeat with a few coats until you get a nice, black background.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

In between coats, take out your origami paper and pick out a sheet or two of yellow, orange, green red and blue. My white origami paper was really thin and the black would be visible underneath, so I used regular printer paper for the white.

Cut your paper into 1.5 inch strips and then cut those down to 1.5 inch squares. A Rubik’s cube has 9 of each color, so go ahead and cut them out. You’ll be left over with some in the end, but you can pick and choose the best squares with the surplus.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

You have two routes for this next process, the first is to eyeball it. Honestly there aren’t that many places to put the squares so it is totally feasible… but if you’re OCD like me that just isn’t an option. Take a ruler and a pencil and very lightly draw a grid onto the box for placement of your squares.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

Brush a small amount of Mod Podge onto the backside of your first paper square. Carefully place onto the tissue box and adjust as necessary. Continue for all 9 squares on one side, placing them randomly. Since you have 6 colors and 9 squares, you’ll have to double a color twice. Go over the entire side with a light coat of Mod Podge and use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles that pop up in your squares.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

Continue this process for all of the sides, including the top. Trim any squares that overlap the hole in the top that the tissue will come out of or fold the squares inward and glue down. Give the entire box one more coat of Mod Podge and allow to fully dry.

DIY to make a Rubik's Cube tissue holder like on Big Bang Theory!

So what do you think? Would Dr. Cooper be proud? Hoping your Tuesday is amazing!


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Comments (33)

  • Ange

    March 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    This is AWESOME!
    My kids are huge fans. I'm pinning this. Thank you. :)

  • Allison Murray

    March 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I'm so glad, Ange!

  • Leslie

    March 6, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Super cute. :) Nicely done!

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    March 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    You have major skills for seeing something AWESOME and re-creating it for probably half the cost. This turned out JUST the one on the show…. I know your Dad will love it!

  • Morena

    March 6, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    This is so cool!! And congrats on hitting the one year mark! I left a comment there but don't see it…guess it disappeared in cyberspace! :)

  • Sarah

    March 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    That's so cool! My brother LOVES his Rubik's Cube so I'm definitely making him one of these :)

  • Allison Murray

    March 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Thanks so much, ladies. I am really glad you enjoy my geekery :)

    sorry about the comment, Morena – it happens to me sometimes too and I have no clue on how to fix it!!

    Thanks for the comments!!

  • stacey

    March 12, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    I just stumbled across this post from http://www.craftgawker.com and have one question – where do you get the papier mache tissue cover? I looked at Hobby Lobby and Michael's, but they didn't have any!

    1. Bernice

      February 28, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      I just bought mine at Pat Catan’s for $2.33 each

  • Allison Murray

    March 12, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Hi, Stacey – I got mine at Amazon here: http://amzn.to/X1cZhf for under $7 with shipping. If I remember correctly, I received it pretty quickly, too. If you think of it, send a me a pic of the finished project – I'd love to see it!

  • stacey

    March 12, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    Thank you so much! I'm going to order mine this week! (I'm making one for home, and one for my cubicle at work.)
    Will definitely send a pic of the finished project…once I get around to it – I tend to throw too many craft projects up in the air at a time, haha!

  • Michele

    March 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Adorkable!

  • Allison Murray

    March 13, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Ha! Thanks, Michele!

  • Rocio

    March 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Hello! Im from Argentina. I totally love the show and I was thinking to give this amazing cube to my boyfriend as a present!
    You have done an awesome job and I will totally do this with your instructions. I just have one question: How did you put the tissue (or the tissue's box) into the cube? Does it have a hole for it? I didn't get that part. If you could explain it to me, that would be great! :)
    Sorry if my english is not perfect, but I would love to get an answer from you soon!

    Thanks a lot!

    Rocio

  • Allison Murray

    March 16, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Hi, Rocio – I am so glad that you want to make one for your boyfriend!! The tissue box cover is bottomless and you just place it over a box of store-bought tissues. Let me know if that doesn't make sense :)

  • Rocio

    March 16, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Thanks a lot, again! I just didn't realize it was bottomless hehe! Thanks a lot, you 're a genius :) Hope I can make it.
    Good luck Allison!

  • Shawn

    March 27, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Hi there! I was lucky enough to play around on the Big Bang Theory set one night last year, after they finished filming an episode. I specifically made a point of picking up that tissue box. As it turns out, the prop I saw WAS actually yarn on plastic canvas. I know, I didn't think it was either. It doesn't look like it onscreen! Anyway, I saw this on Pinterest and thought I would share. I love your project. It looks fantastic, and it's probably more realistic for people like me. :-)

  • Allison Murray

    March 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    That is so awesome, Shawn! I really thought I had it pegged with the paper mache, too :) How neat that you got to touch the real one! Thanks for taking the time to comment…

  • Bella

    May 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I love the big bang theory! And that box of tissues is so cool! Only one sidenote – that cube is wrong… You have two blue-white edges, but in rubik's cube there is only one. But it is just me.

  • Allison Murray

    May 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hey, Bella! It's pretty darn funny because my dad just opened his present (this tissue box cover) last weekend and he called me to say the exact same thing! Unfortunately I didn't actually have a cube to copy the colors from so I just sort of made it up. And to be honest, I didn't know that there was a way to make it incorrectly. But it holds tissues so my dad's okay with it :)

  • Marla

    June 10, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    I was so excited to see this project. I've been wanting Sheldon's Kleenex box for ever. I'm working on creating mine this very minute.

  • Allison Murray

    June 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Yay, Marla! I am so excited and hope yours turns out fantastically well!

  • Delph2704

    June 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Thank you so much for the idea!
    I made my kids make one for father's day. It's not as brilliant as yours of course, being made by little hands, but Dad is sure going to love it!

  • Allison Murray

    June 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I hope so, Delph! SO glad – what a neat idea for Father's Day :)

  • Kim

    October 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Totally awesome! Nice work!

    1. Allison

      October 29, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • julie

    November 6, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Just wondering what type of mod podge that it that you used. Thanks.

    1. Allison

      November 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      I used matte Mod Podge but you could use glossy, too. Good luck!

  • Krista

    November 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I am so glad you made this and gave a tutorial! I too have seen the awesome tissue box of Sheldon’s and, like you, had the dislike of using plastic canvas and yarn. You did a great job and it turned out cute and fun! Thanks again!

    1. Allison

      November 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      You’re so welcome. Glad to meet someone else who doesn’t like the plastic and yarn. It seems unsanitary to have around snotty people. Ick!

  • Tom

    March 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I loved this idea and thank you for inspiration to make one myself. I found the Origami paper fustrating to use. I got some of the thin foam sheets. easy to cut and only to apply a very basic amount of Mod Podge. used rubber bands to help with alighnment.. Foam was easy to cut with just using ruler + Eye and a firm slice with Blade

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  • Gaynor Walker

    December 17, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Hi, thank you so much for your help – I made this for my Big Bang Theory fan nephew!

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