DIY Toilet Paper Holder

6 Materials
10 Minutes

I recently purchased some leather pulls for a dresser I bought to spice it up a bit. I had two left over leather pulls and decided to find something to do with them! I've never been a fan of the regular toilet paper holders so I decided to make my own with a few other supplies I had on hand!

Materials Needed -

  • leather pulls
  • wooden dowel
  • drill
  • screws
  • sand paper
  • cutting device
  • toilet paper

leather pulls link -

Step One - Assemble leather pulls

To put together the pulls I got I put the screw through the bottom of the two holes

Then I folded the pull over and put it through that hole.

Then I folded the top over and put it through the hole.

Step Two - Put pulls on dowel

The dowels I had on hand were going to be too long for this project, so I put everything together how it would be hung up to see where I wanted to cut the dowel.

Step Three - Cut dowel

I just used what I could find, which happened to be garden trimmers. My hand saw has been missing since I moved a couple months ago, I would have used that if I could find it. Anything you have that will cut a small dowel works just fine!

All cut!

Step Four - Sand

I then took some 100 grit sand paper and sanded down the side I cut to smooth it out.

Almost done and how cute?! This is how it will look all hung up!

Step Five - Hang up

Hold up the dowel and leather pulls to see where you want it to hang. Use your drill and drill the screw into the wall. I had shown using a nail when assembling the leather pulls in the first step, but decided screws were the better option and would hold this better to the wall.

This step is where I stopped - I am currently renting and don't want to remove the existing toilet paper holder and have to patch and re-put up when it comes time to move again.

This is what the holder will look like on the wall - SO much better than the before (bottom).

I screwed this to a piece of cardboard to show how it will look all hung up. I cannot wait until I move and I'm able to hang this up and use it!

Just two main materials and you have a cute update to your toilet paper holder!

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  • Mary Mary on Oct 07, 2021

    My question is if you put a full roll or T P on the holder, doesn't the wall stop the free flow of the roll? It looks like it rests on the wall.


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  • Sandra Mullins Sandra Mullins 5 days ago

    That’s such a cute idea! Never seen that either.

  • I love this! I’m putting up shelves in my bedroom. I saw some that were held up by leather - Mkono Hanging Shelf Wall Wood Floating Storage Shelves Leather Strap Swing Organizer, Set of 2

    but those are really shallow and short. But I loved the leather straps. I get my leather when people put leather furniture at the dumpster. I leave it for 24 hours. Then I’m out there scalping the couches with a razor blade. I’ve made journals too.

    there are still some things to do before the shelves can go up. The wood needs sanded And painted. My leather isn’t Ling enough so I’ll be securely nailing one end into a stud just above where the shelf will go. The big hooks (Walmart) go above that. Hopefully items on shelf will hide the nailed ends.