Friday, March 9, 2012

Finished Object Friday - Rubix Cube Tissue Box Holder

Hi. My name is Heather and I am a nerd.  Seriously, I think math and science is cool.  I work in a technical field and love Star Wars, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, etc.  But my favorite TV show right now is the Big Bang Theory, and I let my nerd flag fly. 

I love it that they are quirky and sweet.  I get these people and probably would be friends with them, so when I see crafty things from the show I get excited and many other do as well.  Case in point, the The Big Bang Gang on ravelry is devoted to the show.

But I digress, I noticed awhile back during the show that on the end table next to Sheldon's seat they had a covered tissue box.  Now, when I think of tissue box holders, I tend to think of the one's my grandmother had at her house.  Pastel, with flowers and small details but watching the show I saw the nerdiest of all Tissue Box  Holders

Behold the Rubix Cube Tissue Box Holder!
I couldn't find a picture of a scene but here is a link to another blog where they visited the set.

Anyway, I didn't make this for myself, in fact I have never solved a Rubix cube but one of my best friends is a fan.

Taken at my Birthday Party

Becky has several different styles and types so I started to make this box for her before Christmas but since she wasn't my Secret Santa Swappee amongst our friends,  I made it for her birthday later this month instead.

Of course, as I was making it I thought I should make a solved version so she could swap them out as I knew it would bug her that she couldn't solve the tissue box. :-P

It looks so nice now and I tried to make it as accurate as possible but there are a few mistakes luckily she can hide them in the back.  Also, I counted the square of the tissue as one of the blocks because you can only have 9 blocks of each color.

Here is the finished product on Becky's shelf at work and she was so excited that she took it to work the day after I finished it!

 So what do you think?  Do you think Sheldon would approve?

Check out other Finished Objects at Tami's Amis Blog

<3 Heather

Project Details:

Materials - Plastic Canvas in the translucent color
Patten - Free Form and made it up but the squares are 11x11 and I made angled stitches across the square. 
Needles - Tapestry/Yarn Needle
Yarn - Red Heart Super Saver in Blue, Bright Yellow, Cherry Red, Paddy Green, Orange, White and Black 
Duration - About 6 Evenings work of work though I started it in December


  1. That is super cute and a great gift! Also, you are not the only person out there that thinks math and science are cool. Ever heard of Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Talk about cool, he has even been named the sexist Astrophysicist alive.

    1. I have not heard of him but will have to check him out.

    2. Definitely deserves the title of sexist Astrophysicist (although I'm not sure how much competition he has). Check out youtube clips of him on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. He's hilarious!

    3. Oh thanks for the references. I watch all the time but half asleep. I know who you are talking about now! Super Hot indeed!

  2. That's perfect! I never could be patient enough to try and work with the Rubic's Cub, but love your new anti grandma type tissue cover! Well done.

  3. Too cute!! My husband loves that show, but I put it down to the engineer in him seeking out other engineers. He thinks he's Sheldon, I think he's Leonard!

    1. I personally think I am Bernadette. I can be a little clueless about humor and sarcasm but I generally get the geeky stuff.

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    1. Thanks! I am going to make one for myself eventually but I have other stuff to make.

  5. Love that! I'd love to see the solved version too.

    I bet my husband would love something like that. He's puzzle crazy

    1. I am sure he would. They have some for sale on Etsy but there is nothing like a homemade gift.

  6. I'm a huge Big Bang Theory fan! Love Love LOVE your cube! So cute.

  7. Greast work , we really like how you tried to make it as authentic as possible , that was our goal when we created ours, ie authentic in both Color placement and the actual colors.We have seen so many on the net that claim to be authentic , but then have two top squares next to each other , also some people use whacko colors like pea green. Yours looks wonderful.. and I bet your friend was so pleased..

    Here is a link to our Etsy shop , we also do a Bazinga Box , and a cube in pastel colors..