French Label Tissue Holder Makeover

Every thrift store that I’ve ever stepped foot in has an aisle (or ten) of misfit goods that are useful, but way beyond their prime – like tissue holders. I bet in every Goodwill across the country there’s at least a half dozen of them cluttering up the shelves, and I’ve always thought one would look great if it only had a little TLC. They’re always useful, but just need a little something creative to bring them back to life. This week for my project here at Graphics Fairy DIY, I decided it was time to give one a try. My version is sporting a fancy French label, which is the perfect touch to bring a solid (but somewhat sad looking) metal tissue holder back to life with just a little spray paint and a vintage graphic from The Graphics Fairy – and it only takes about 5 minutes of hands on time to complete.
French Label Tissue Holder Makeover

To (re)make this tissue holder, you will need:
A second hand tissue holder
Some spray paint (I used Krylon’s Pebble)
A French Label graphic printed on regular printer paper (Here is the French Graphic Label)
Paper Scissors
Mod Podge (I prefer Outdoor Formula)
A brush to apply Mod Podge
Mod Podge smoothing brush (optional)

I started with this metal tissue holder. Of course, you may have one that just needs a little update, and so you could totally just do this project with one you already have. I picked mine up at Goodwill for 99 cents.

First, give the cover 3-4 light coats of spray paint, until it is all covered well. Remember, several light coats work much better than one thick coat. Next, print out the graphic and cut it out (right along the lines) with scissors.

Then, flip over the label and give it a thin, solid coat of Mod Podge on the back of the graphic before flipping it over to adhere to the tissue holder.

You can use a smoothing brush if you have one, or gently smooth it out with your hands to get all the air bubbles out, working from the middle out. A brush makes this process much, much easier.

Last, you’ll want to coat the entire graphic on top with another coat of Mod Podge to seal the graphic in place.

Just let it dry and you’re finished! The tissue holder looks much better now, don’t you think?

See you soon for another Graphics Fairy DIY project. In the mean time, I’d love to see you on my blog at The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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  1. Nice job. I see these things all over the place. Now I have some idea of what to do with them. Thanks for sharing.
    Miss Ellie

  2. This is so cute. It’s now going to be difficult to find tissue box holders at the thrift stores :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is great! I was just hiding my tissue box (again) because I hate looking at it. Now I know what to do….


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