Friday, January 10, 2014

DIY Rubik's Cube Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

how to make rubik's rubix cube tissue box cover holder the big bang theoryIf you were a reader from when I had my old blog, you would know that I have made this before. The first time I saw it on 'The Big Bang Theory' I knew I had to have it. When I found out it was expensive to buy one, I made one out of cardboard and coloured paper. It was a very sloppy job so here is my attempt at making a better version!
how to make rubik's rubix cube tissue box cover holder the big bang theory
What you need:

Plain square tissue box cover (Spotlight, $7)
A4 coloured paper: 3 x black, 1 x red, 1 x green, 1 x orange, 1 x blue, 1 x white, 1 x yellow (Spotlight, $0.80 per sheet)
Double sided tape
Pencil
Ruler
Penknife
Scissors

(Note: I don't recommend using craft glue because:

1. It will be hard to be precise with the corners, therefore they will become flappy.

2. If you put too much glue or put it on unevenly, there will be creases and bumps when you stick the papers on.)

how to make rubik's rubix cube tissue box cover holder the big bang theory

What to do:

1. Measure the height and width of each face.

2. Cut out five black sheets corresponding to the heights and widths from Step 1.

3. Carefully stick the black sheets onto all the faces using double sided tape, except for the top face. 

4. Align the last black sheet on the top face and flip the box upside down. Trace the opening onto the black sheet.

5. Cut out the opening. Carefully stick the black sheet onto the top face using double sided tape.

6. Minus 2cm from the width obtained in Step 1. Divide by 3. This will be the height and width of your coloured squares. Cut out 45 squares (there should not be more than 9 of the same colour).
[For example, the width of my box was 13cm. ( 13cm - 2cm ) / 3 = 3.67 cm. I cut coloured squares that were 3.6cm x 3.6cm.]

7. Space 9 squares evenly on each face. Carefully Stick them on using double sided tape.

8. For the top face, cut your coloured squares to fit around the opening before sticking.

how to make rubik's rubix cube tissue box cover holder the big bang theory


how to make rubik's rubix cube tissue box cover holder the big bang theory
My new and improved version looks much sturdier and smoother! It's a great way to add a colourful yet geeky element to our home!

10 comments:

  1. @ Curly Made & AntoyLola: Thank you for your kind comments! :)

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  2. A great idea. I couldn't help noticing the top corner piece with 2 greens and a white. That would be impossible on a Rubik's Cube. Just couldn't help myself ;)

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  3. @ Anon: Haha thank you for pointing that out! The only rule I know is that the centre colour must not be repeated. I should really start learning how to solve one!

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  4. I did this project, it was awesome! My only problem was the cracks on the edges, I could see the box, even when I lined it up perfectly. Do you have any suggestions?

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  5. @Anon: Is it because the papers curl back? When putting on the double-sided tape, I overshot the edges and trimmed back what I didn't need, so that nothing was left uncovered. Hope that helps!

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  6. How do you put in new tissues when they run out?

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  7. Where did you get the plain cover from???

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  8. @ Alvina: I just replace the tissue box that I slot inside the cover.

    @ Sarah: I bought it from Spotlight (craft store in Australia). :)

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