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Tissue Box Monsters

These cute tissue box monsters are a great way to recycle an old tissue paper box! Kids will love designing their own monster. And we love that every tissue box monster can be unique!

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This craft is from our new book –Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials If you’re looking for a fun Halloween craft, monster craft or just an easy recycling craft for kids – you have to try to make these tissue box monsters! Kids can paint them and easily glue on the googly eyes, teeth and pom poms.

Tissue Box Monster Craft for Kids


Here are the Supplies You’ll Need to Make These Tissue Box Monsters

Tissue Box – preferably one with a round opening so that it looks more like a mouth but a square opening could work too!

Colored acrylic paint – we used two different colors, one for the outside of the box and one for the inside

White acrylic paint

Googly eyes – extra large ones can be found at Michaels, different sizes work best and small ones are needed for the purple box.

White cardstock

Large pom poms

Black sharpie or marker

1 popsicle sticks (optional for the purple monster)

Craft knife (optional – adults only)

Glue – hot glue is always going to work best when working with large googly eyes and pom poms, but you can also use an extra-strong glue like this one. Just make sure to let it thoroughly dry and press and hold for the glue to take.


And don’t forget to check out our NEW book which has this craft in it! Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials is bursting with easy cardboard crafts for kids like this one. But not only that, it is all recycled crafts for kids too – paper rolls, egg cartons, cardboard, popsicle sticks, jars and more!

SEE our NEW book here

Fun and Easy Crafting Book

Watch the full tutorial video here!


Directions to Make Tissue Box Monsters


1. Pull out any plastic inner lining inside the tissue box before you start.

2. Paint the outside of the tissue box with white to prime the box. Adding white will make sure the design of the tissue box doesn’t show through the paint.

3. Once dry, paint the outside of the tissue box a color of your choice, and paint the inside a different color.

Paint the tissue boxes
4. Outline around the “mouth” of the monster (the opening of the tissue box) with a black marker. This will make the mouth pop more.

Add Black Outline for Mouth of Monster

5. For the purple box, cut 1 popsicle stick in half. Paint the pieces purple and let them dry. Glue 2 small googly eyes to the sticks. Make a small slit mark at the top of the box with the craft knife (adults should help with this part) to push the sticks in.

Make Purple Monster Eyes

6. Glue large googly eyes to the top of the tissue box. You can add one, two, three or more eyes!

Glue Googly Eyes On
7. Cut out large teeth from paper or white cardstock. Glue the teeth to the inside of the tissue box mouth.

Add Teeth to Tissue Box Monster
8. Give your monsters a little more character by gluing some large pom-poms to the top of the tissue boxes.

Add Pom Poms to Tissue Box Monster Head

Aren’t these monsters just so cute? We love how easy they are AND the fact that you can recycle a tissue box to make them! You could even use granola box and to make similar ones.


This is one of the 60 crafts in our book – Fun and Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials – see more of the projects in our book here.

Monster Crafts

See more of our favorite monster crafts! 

Monster handprint cards – cute to give for Father’s Day/Mother’s Day or to make as a Halloween invitation card!

Monster Handprint Cards

Monster Rocks – these rocks glow in the dark! They would be a lot of fun to place around as décor for a spooky Halloween party.

Glow in the dark monster rocks craft

These toilet paper roll monsters are another really fun way to use recycled materials!

Toilet Paper Roll Monster Craft


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