## Introduction: Mario Question Block Tissue Box

Hi,
This instructable- 'Mario question block tissue box' is all about making a tissue box replica of the iconic question block from the classic video game- Mario by Nintendo. Who doesn't like Mario? And me being a huge fan of Mario, decided to make the something creative from the question cube and from there I got the inspiration to make and present the mario tissue box.
This tissue box is completely made of cardboard and painted by hand, thereby it has a few imperfections, but nonetheless looks beautiful.

## Step 1: Materials Used

- Cardboard
- Acrylic paints -
: Golden yellow - 20 ml
: Black - 5 ml
: Apple red. - 5ml
: White. - 20ml
- PVA glue

TOOLS
- Paper cutter
- Paint brushes
- Scissors

## Step 3: Making the Box

INTRODUCTION
A cube tissue box has dimensions 4.75x4.75x4.75 inches , so the box required should 5x5x5 inches to easily accommodate the tissue box.
Either you can use a ready made box of the given dimensions or follow the templates and steps to make one yourself.
*If you are using a ready made box, you can skip this step.

## Step 4: Making the Box- the Top

1-To make the top of the box, cut a square of cardboard of dimensions- 7x7 inches.
2- Next, mark borders of width 1 inch each, on each of the sides as shown in the template.
3- Now, following the template, make flaps for the top and cut the extra cardboard.
4- Next, make slight cuts on the flaps, so that they can fold comfortably.
5- Now its turn to cut a hole for the tissue.

Good job! Our top for the tissue box is complete.

## Step 5: Making the Box- Sides 1 and 3

As shown in the templates the sides 1 and 3 are different from sides 2 and 4. The only difference between them is that, sides 1&3 have small flaps, whereas 2&4 don't.
- To make these, you have to first cut a piece of cardboard of dimension- 5x6 inches.
- On the lengths, make border of half inches each.
- Next, as shown in the template cut each of the edges. Now it should look like a plus.
- Repeat the procedure to make side no. 3

## Step 6: Making the Box- Sides 2 and 4

Sides 2 and 4 are just 5x5 inch squares. So to make them, just cut two 5x5 squares of card board.

## Step 7: Making the Box- Pasting

The box has to be pasted very carefully. The sides 1 and 3 should be parallel, similarly 2 and 4 need to be pasted parallel to each other.
- First paste, side no. 1, by applying glue to the outer side of the flap of the top.(see pictures of reference)
- Then paste side no. 2 with the flaps of the top and side no.3.
- Repeat the same steps with side no. 3 & 4.

## Step 8: Finishing Touches to the Box

Since cardboard and the edges of the box are a little uneven, I taped the edges and the body of the box with masking tape, to give the box a smooth and even finish.

## Step 9: Painting- Base Colours

The Mario question block, that we are making actually has a colour combination of yellow and white originally, but I painted it a little, to make it look a little bright.
I first painted the box with a base coat of white, for better and smooth finish.
Then I painted the box with two coats of golden yellow acrylic paint. It is upto you. You can paint the box in any colour you want according to your preference.

## Step 10: Drawing the Graphics

Cut out four question marks given in the template in cardboard to give a 3D effect. You can also directly paint it on the box.

​​PAINTING THE GRAPHICS
Paint the cut-outs in light chocolate brown colour (blend of 5ml yellow, 2ml red and small drop of black) and paste them in the center of each of the 1-2-3-4.

To add to the look you can paint the shadow as shown in the picture using black paint.

On each of the corner of each of the sides, paint a black square of side 1cm.

## Step 11:

Participated in the
Cardboard Contest 2017