How to Make a To-go Coffee Cup Tissue Pop-up

By: Diy maven Feb 13, 2007

There’s a company out there called WeGo, that sells facial tissues in a take-away coffee cup. In the interest of DIY-ism, I bought one of these cups of 50 sand-paper-rough tissues for 3 bucks so I could pop off the top, rip the guts out and figure out how to make them. Here’s my easy, no-cost version.

What You Need

A cleaned, small to-go coffee cup and appropriately-sized lid to fit (the cup in the example is 4 ½" high with a 3 ½" top diameter)

A straight edge utility knife

A pair of scissors

A stack of your favorite tissues, approximately ½ inch think (Note: take your stack from your box of tissues in one clump, not one at a time)

What You Do

1. With your utility blade, cut a hole in the cup’s lid as shown.

2. With your scissors, cut your stack of tissues in half.

3. Place one pile of tissues on the other, weaving top fold of top tissue on the bottom stack into the bottom fold of the bottom tissue on the top stack. Doing so will ensure your tissues will "pop" out as expected. (This step sounds much more complicated than it is. You’ll figure it out.)

4. Fold your new, small stack of tissues and stuff them (cut edge down) into your cup.

5. Pull up the top tissue slightly to create a tail; thread tail though hole in lid and fix lid to top of cup.

You’ll want to make several of these, as they’re great for your car cup holders and desk.

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Guys, the tissues in the little box are the same as the tissues in the big box. They are just folded in half, not smaller.

i love this idea. thank you so much.

That fits rite into you cars center console!

I like the idea but would use my collection of hankies instead, then the whole thing is re-used.

How about using a soda cup instead of coffee cup? The larger size might fit the tissues without having to cut them in half. And, hold more between refills.

I new at recycle,re-use but I am hooked and I want more info... 

If you want to make these as mini-gifts, you can buy these cups new from most dollarstores now.

Am I the only person on the planet that uses hankerchiefs anymore? They are much greener than tissues, as you wash them and they're good to go again. Also, paper tissues are dusty. My allergies are usually made worse by them, the dust lands in my eyes, and into my sinuses. Last but not least, I always blow right through even the toughest tissue, I would have an even harder time with ones cut in half. The dispenser could perhaps be adapted to work with hankerchiefs. I have folded them together in such a way that they would popup like tissues. I usually just carry 2 in my pocket and call it good.

I had the same thought about the tissues in the square boxes, but they didn't work as is. (They were still too big.) I did use them, but I still had to cut them in half and do the weaving bit.

Did you use full sized tissues or the ones in the little square box? I'm thinking the ones in the little square box might be a perfect fit, no cutting or weaving required.

One of these randomly showed up in my car a few years ago... I'm thinking from my friend's flight attendant Mom. It was freeking AMAZING until someone moved it to insert their beverage then later stepped on it and crushed the daylights out of it *RIP my first coffee cup tissue dispenser*

Hey Garbonzo! Yes, it's best to pull out a tissue while holding the cup--but many cup holders in cars have rubber grippy stuff in them these days. The cup holders in my man's vehicle even has spring loaded clamp things that will make them stay put. The original store bought version had the same issues, as far as weight is concernced. And now that I'm thinking about it, my car's pop-up recently ran out. Better make some more! Hope you feel better soon....

That's a nifty idea, and fitting because I have the sniffles today! I am concerned that it would get lost in the sea of old coffee cups on my desk though. And it seems that pulling a tissue out might pick up the entire cup. How about weighting it with some rocks or something else heavy as well?


Thanks for the great idea though! 



that is supercool!!
My mother LOVES these things! This is great!

seriously --

You DO have your nose on the DIY pulse!  <laughing>  Love this.

Thanks for spending that $3.00!



So going to do this tonight!  Dh and I have allergies and there's no easy place to store a box of tissues in my car.  There are however 10 cup holders.   You've delivered another perfect solution.
What a great idea! I love it!
I absolutely love this. you could even get a plain cup and write a quote "in" it. very cool idea!
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