Give your bathroom a do-it-yourself touch by creating your own wooden toilet paper holder. Reuse items such as wooden disks from other craft projects, as well as fallen tree branches of appropriate thickness. Create wooden toilet tissue holders as housewarming gifts or for vacation cabins. While you can also create toilet tissue holders that attach to the wall, standing holders add something extra to the space, and the use of tree branches makes for conservation pieces.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden disk
- Black marker or pencil
- Rough-grain sandpaper
- Hot glue
- Tree branch
- Weighted objects
- Scrap fabric
- Old boot
- Wooden rolling pin
Use a wooden disk that is about 6 or 7 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick as your toilet paper holder base. Cut and carve the disk out of a larger piece of wood, reuse a circular wood piece from an existing wooden item, or purchase a flat wooden disk from a craft store. Use a drill to create a 1-inch hole through the center of the disk if needed. Mark the disk's center with a black marker or pencil if desired for easy drilling.
Sand a tree branch that is 1 inch wide and about 1 to 1 1/2 feet long with rough-grain sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Place the wooden disk on a flat surface, such as a kitchen countertop, with newspaper spread over it. Dip one end of the branch with hot glue, and stick the branch into the hollowed-out center of the wooden disk.
Surround your new toilet paper holder with weighted objects such as heavy books to keep the branch in place while it dries. This should take about 10 minutes. Place a few pieces of tape or a bit of scrap fabric with hot glue over the bottom of the holder to keep the branch from scraping the floors, then place the holder in your bathroom for immediate use.
Use an old boot, such as one that is missing its mate. Find the right-sized boot for this project by assembling a group of old boots and fitting them with a large wooden rolling pin. The handle should stick out of the boot's top. Use the boot that fits the rolling pin the best, allowing you to adjust the placement of the pin as needed.
Place the pin in your chosen boot, and fit it inside the boot as necessary. Lace up the boot so the pin fits tightly, or use the boot's zipper if applicable to place the pin in the boot. Pieces of scrap fabric and ribbon may also be used to help secure the pin to the boot if desired. You can also opt to use ribbon in lieu of laces to decorate your boot, or paint it if applicable as another design option. Create patterns or designs, or paint the boot a solid color.
Fit the toilet paper roll over the top of the rolling pin handle that sticks out from the boot top.
Tips & Warnings
- Use wooden dowel rods from craft stores as an alternative to tree branches.
- Paint your wooden toilet tissue holders, or leave them as is for a rustic look.
- Use a saw to cut 3 to 5 inches off wooden ladder rungs to make another wooden toilet paper holder. Use the ladder to house multiple toilet paper rolls, or use the ladder to hang towels in addition to toilet paper.
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