Making a Tissue Box Tea Pot

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April 21, 2020

Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - finished potThis is an original recycled tissue box teapot idea with inspiration from online paper craft teapots. It will be used for my future daughter-in-law's tea party, garden-themed bridal shower. The teapot will hold little plastic packets of citrus tea mix for the shower guests to take home.


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 teapot


  • 2 empty tissue boxes
  • compass
  • 4 brads
  • 1 bottle glue
  • scissors
  • flower shaped punch
  • roll Scotch tape
Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - tissue boxes
Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - pattern


  1. Using two empty tissue boxes (either the same pattern or coordinating patterns), open up flaps on boxes and lay flat.
  2. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - opening up tissue boxes
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - lay them flat across each other
  3. Cut out pattern pieces and glue onto box as shown in picture, removing the handle and spout of teapot pattern piece first.
  4. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - the full pattern ready to cut out and use
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - cutting handle off of the pot pattern piece
  5. Glue the two spout pieces and two handle pieces onto tissue box scraps, adding tabs to both for attaching to teapot later in the process.
  6. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - attaching handle to cardboard scrap
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - spout with tab glued to cardboard scrap

  7. Using a compass, poke four holes in the base of teapot and add brads, and bend prongs of brads.
  8. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - using compass to punch holes
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - brads pushed through from the underside
  9. Glue spout and handles together except for tab pieces which you need to bend outward. Cut out pieces. You may need to use an X-acto knife for the inside of the handle piece. Cut out sides of teapot and fold according to pattern markings. Attach spout and handles and glue to the correct sides of teapot. You may want to tape the inside of the teapot to hold sides together while gluing each side, following order of pattern pieces.
  10. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - handle and spout pieces glued together and glued together
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - edge of one side of box with tape to help hold the glue areas
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - partially assembled tea pot with spout in place and handle being attached
    Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - handle and spout attached and punched flowers attached

  11. Using a flower punch, punch four flowers from scrap cardboard to cover up advertising decals and glue onto the outside of the teapot. (If you don't have a flower punch, you can cut out circles or use stickers, etc. to cover up logos, UPC codes, etc.) With scraps of leftover cardboard, make a lid, cut a slit in the top, glue two flowers together and insert into slit for the teapot knob.
  12. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - two cardboard punched flower shapes
  13. Put lid on top and enjoy your recycled tissue box teapot!
  14. Tea Time - Tissue Box Tea Pot - assembled lid with flower handle
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