Thursday, February 2, 2012

Upcycle Empty Tissue box: Valentine Surprise

Upcycle/Recycle Tissue box cardboard to beautiful cards

Book:Valentine Surprise

This story is of a little girl, Lily who wants to make a perfect heart-shaped valentine for her mommy. She tries to cut hearts on each day of the week but each day the heart she cuts out has a problem either too pointy, square, skiny.. etc. When the holiday arrives, she tapes all the hearts and gives it to her mommy saying "none of the hearts is perfect." and her delighted Mommy says "That doesn't matter. The heart inside you is." It's a cute little book teaching days of the week and the spirit of Valentine. CJ loves the book and the little girl, lily. While I was reading the bedtime story, CJ asked "Mommy can you read 'Lily's Valentine'". I had forgotten the name of the little girl and I was wandering which book. Then she reminded "Mommy the book where the little girl tries to make perfect valentine"

Craft: CJ wanted to make a surprise valentine for her Daddy. So for the craft we made heart cards with empty tissue boxes



Valentine surprise Book + Art

Have you noticed all the pretty designs on the tissue boxes? Now a days I'm so specific in selecting the tissue boxes based on the design and pattern in the boxes. Generally I flatten out the box and store the cardboard for later use. They can be used as scrapbook paper

Materials Used:

Empty Tissue boxes with pretty designs
Child Safe Scissors
Construction paper
Glue Stick
Pony Beads/Glitters/Buttons

Steps Overview:

Cj loved this fun project. Cutting and gluing:-)

The heart craft can be made,any way your kid wants. It's just a sneak peak of what we did! you can personalize as per your wish

Draw big and small heart templates using Cookie cutter

Cut big and small hearts

CJ was very disappointed when she saw the perfect hearts. She said "Mommy, the hearts were not perfect in the story"

For the below card we cut a rectangle out of the tissue box opening cardboard. Fold a construction paper to make a card. Paste the tissue box rectangle on the front page

Decorate with pony beads in the center

Just place big hearts on rectangle tissue box cardboards and decorate as you wish

Cards with smaller hearts

The cards can be personalized as you wish. you can try different shapes other than hearts!


  1. These are lovely! And that books sounds nice, need to check it out!

  2. sounds like a good book.. can I use this post as a feature for book worm fridays?

  3. Sure Shruthi! you can use it for book worm fridays!

  4. How wonderful that hearts are imperfect. Your cards are really pretty.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  5. wow they are really lovely, what a great use for a tissue box

  6. Very cute bit of upcycling! Love that your tissue boxes have such pretty patterns!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  7. I love how you've got patterned tissue boxes ours are always so plain and what a great way to upcycle them.

    Thank you for sharing with made with love

  8. This is such a great idea! I love the patterns tissue boxes have on them these days.

    Thank you for linking to the Tissue Box Challenge.