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How to Make Tissue Holders out of Polluting Plastic Bottles.

Updated on August 2, 2015
A rolled-tissue Holder.
A rolled-tissue Holder.

From a Plastic Bottle to A Tissue Holder.

This is another hub which shares ideas about how to change plastic bottle waste which is widely considered as one of the main causes contributing to environment pollution, into something useful : A Rolled-Tissue Holder. (I'd rather call it rolled-tissue since it sounds more aesthetics and connotes its wider use).

Tools and Materials Needed.

A used-1500 ml bottle of mineral water.

PVA glue

Scrap paper.


Rubber spatula.


Compound powder.


Step By Step of the Project.

1. Prepare A Plastic Bottle.

The bottle should be clean, so wash it first to make sure it's clean and safe. Cut the bottle into three parts, we'll use the lower part and the upper part. The lower part will be used as container and the upper part as lid of tissue holder. When you cut the bottle, consider the size/height of the lower part not too short to accommodate the height of tissue roll we want to hold inside it.

Two pieces of a tissue holder to-be: lower part and upper part.
Two pieces of a tissue holder to-be: lower part and upper part.
After you cut the middle part of the plastic bottle, it'll be this high.
After you cut the middle part of the plastic bottle, it'll be this high.

2. Prepare Paper Pulp.

Soak some scrap paper for one to two days, it depends on kind of paper you use, the harder the paper the longer it takes to soak. You'd better tear the paper into smaller pieces first so that it eases you in making paper pulp. After 1 or two days of soaking, knead the paper so that it becomes evenly soft and tender. Add some PVA glue into paper pulp in 2 (paper pulp) : 1 (pva glue) composition. Mix it thoroughly.

Tear paper into small pieces.
Tear paper into small pieces.
soak the paper for1-2 days
soak the paper for1-2 days
Knead the paper so that it becomes soft and tender.
Knead the paper so that it becomes soft and tender.

3. Paste It With Paper Pulp .

Paste your tissue holder with paper dough. Apply the pasting on the outer side, if you have difficulty in pasting the whole side all at once because of very soft paper dough , you can do it on half side of the bottle first. After the first pasting has hardened a little bit, you may continue pasting on the other side, then on bottom part. After the whole side walls thoroughly pasted, let it dry. It takes some days to completely dry.

While waiting for the paste to dry completely,do day by day checking  to find if there are parts that need trimming up, additional pulp or give slight pressings on some other parts to make it more neatly when it's completely hardened.

A bottle is being pasted.
A bottle is being pasted.

4. Give Your Tissue Holder Ornaments.

Ornaments can be made of any amaterials: beads, mosaic, metal, ornamental stones, etc. Here I use paper pulp also to make ornaments considering that it is very flexible to be shaped into many interesting things, so that all people at home can take part in the project.

Making decoration can be fun for everyone.
Making decoration can be fun for everyone.

5. Let the Ornaments Dry.

It takes another 1 day for ornamental paper pulp to dry.

When the tissue holder has dried.
When the tissue holder has dried.

6. Smooth the Surface.

Some people like the holder's surface looks as natural as it does in dried paper pulp  although it gives rough appearance,  but if you want to have it in smooth glossy looks, then you can use compound powder to make it so. Put some grams of compound powder in a small-flat-bottomed container, add some water and mix it thoroughly so that it becomes light dough. apply the dough on your tissue holder using a rubber spatula thinly and evenly. Don't hasitate to use your bare hand to help apply the dough for more even, neater application.  Compound stains on your hands can be washed easily with tap water.

7. Color It.

Before  color is applied on your tissue holder you'd better sand it first using sand paper, to get more satisfactory result. Paint the holder in any  color you like, repeat the paint application after the first application's dried if you find it's not thick enough (the compound still see-trough).

8. How to Load Tissue Paper into the Holder.

First pull the tissue core out of the roll then pull the tip of tissue roll in the middle, pass it through the outlet of the tissue holder's lid. Finally put the holder's lid in place.

Here is the result.
Here is the result.


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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello Jamie Brock, thank you for your attention to my hubs. Yes, I also use this tissue holder at home to give a more decent look to the TP. I also get a lot of inspiration from the hubs you've published too, so thank you so much for that too.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      agusfanani, I am terribly sorry that I've been missing all of these fantastic hubs you have been doing. This such a clever idea, not only is it functional but the way this is made, it's protecting the TP with that cover. Very neat! I will have to give this a try sometime.. thank you so much for sharing :)

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for dropping by, Margaridab.

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      Margarida Borges 7 years ago from Lyon, France

      Nice work!

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you jim10, yes it's fun, educative action for environment protection.

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      A lot of your creative ideas seem like they would be a lot of fun for my boys to try.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you SweetiePie and Prasetio30. I just want to share ideas how to minimize polluting plastics in our sorroundings.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share. You are creative person.I like your idea to recycle things. I'll try to make it.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      You have a very creative project here. Thanks for sharing.

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your comment Febriedthan. Yes, involving children in those activities can also enrich their horizon in environment protection in a fun way.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      It's a fun and useful activity. Could make our environment green, this is definitely an activity that I would enjoyed so much with my daughter. Great :)


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