Minimal Paper Towel Holder

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Minimal Paper Towel keep that counter top clear of clutter.

I used scrap wood from previous projects to make this but if you are buying new, here's your list...


1 1/4" dowel

3/4" dowel

1x2" common board



wood glue



3/4" spade bit

Cut your 1x2 and 1 1/4" dowel to 13" - this will be the top and bottom

Cut your 3/4" dowel to 4" - this will attach the top and bottom pieces

Mark 1" into each of the top and bottom pieces

Use a 3/4" spade bit to gently drill a half inch into each piece where you marked.

Do this on both the top and bottom pieces.

Fill the hole on the 1x2 with wood glue and insert 3/4" dowel. Insert 1" screw for stability.

Make sure you predrill your hole.

Attach the 1x2 to the underside of your cabinet in desired location with screws.

Once mounted, fill the hole on the larger dowel with wood glue and attach it to the 3/4" dowel with a screw for extra stability. I filled this hole with wood filler to hide the screw.

Slide that paper towel roll on and you are good to go!

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1 question
  • Mary Ann Goldberg
    Mary Ann Goldberg
    on Feb 11, 2021

    Did you drill through the bottom shelf of the cabinet to mount it? Great idea.

    • Meg
      on Feb 11, 2021

      Yes! I made sure my screws were short enough that they didn’t go all the way through the bottom

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  • P
    on Feb 13, 2021

    Beware! a left-hander grabbing a towel will send the whole roll flying across the room!

  • Kayestes
    on Mar 21, 2021

    I like your project but also would like to know what your back splash is made of so I can get that look. It’s so cozy and clean looking.

    • Meg
      on Mar 21, 2021

      Thank you! It is Tic Tac Tiles peel and stick

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