Build a beautiful farmhouse paper towel holder in just 15 minutes with this easy DIY tutorial. This rustic paper towel holder is the perfect under cabinet paper towel dispenser with a shelf to store other items you need to keep at hand.
Now that our budget farmhouse kitchen remodel is done, it’s time to decorate it! I have been looking around for a new paper towel holder, but have not had any luck finding something to fit our modern farmhouse style. Either things were too modern with stainless steel and and slick lines. Or they were too farmhouse with extra rustic and lots of chickenwire. Our kitchen was calling for something in between the two. So after lots of searching, I decided I needed to make my own modern farmhouse paper towel holder.
When I saw that this month’s Craft Lighting Challenge theme was wood, I knew I had to join in on the fun! If you are new to Craft Lightening, it is a fun week where a bunch of bloggers share 15 minute tutorials around a theme. Since I finally made the decision to make my own farmhouse paper towel holder, I knew it would be the perfect 15 minute craft project I could make out of wood!
Instead of going for the common vertical paper towel holder, I decided to get crazy and go horizontal! And since the paper towels are not super tall when horizontal, I had room above to add a little shelf.
I love the little shelf on the farmhouse paper towel holder. It’s the perfect place to set the hand soap. Also, I put a little dish on there to hold my finger nails scrubber (its gardening season and this little thing is getting lots of work). Now it is right where I can find it, but not adding to the clutter that so easily accumulates behind the kitchen sink.
The sides of the wood paper towel holder are easily cut out with a jig saw to give it a more farmhouse look. Anytime you can change up the sides of a shelf (or similar), it adds so much to the piece. I did the same thing to our DIY Iron Holder with Ironing Board Storage and love the way it turned out. And jig saws are a super budget friendly, easy to use, power tool. With a little practice, you’ll be cutting decorative edges in everything!
I stained our new farmhouse paper towel holder to match the lightly warmed, lightly aged color of our open kitchen shelving above the sink. This wood color looks so perfect next to the bright white cabinets and backsplash. It might be my new favorite right now so get ready to see lots more of it.
I just adore how our farmhouse kitchen is coming along. Just the right amount of rustic, with lots of clean. What is the next kitchen decor piece I need to make? Let me know in the comments and I just might get a tutorial for it out soon!
How to Make a Farmhouse Paper Towel Holder
- Wood (for tips on buying wood for you project, check out the beginners guider to buying lumber):
- 30″ of 1×6 board
- 12″ of 1×4 board
- 12″ of 1×2 board
- 12″ of 3/4″ dowel
- Wood glue
- 1 1/4″ screws
- I used the Kreg Jig to create pocket holes so I used pocket hole screws. If you do not have a pocket hole jig (I definitely recommend having one if you like building), you can always use regular screws coming from the outside of the paper towel holder into the shelf.
- 2 decorative knobs
- Stain and sealer
- I used Minwax Weathered Oak stain and furniture wax for the sealer.
- Jig saw
- Measuring tape
- Optional: Miter saw
- You can cut the straight lines with the jig saw if you like, but the miter saw will be quicker, easier, and more accurate if you have one.
- Optional: Kreg Jig
- You do not have to have a pocket hole jig (but I definitely recommend having one if you like building). You can always use regular screws coming from the outside of the paper towel holder into the shelf, but they will be visible where the pocket holes hide the screws nicely.
If you want to use the template that I did for the sides of the paper towel holder with shelf, print out the template below. Then cut it out and line it up so the lines overlap. Or feel free to draw your own!
Trace the template onto your 1×6 board twice.
Cut it out with the jig saw.
Measure your paper towel roll. I decided I wanted my farmhouse paper towel holder to be only 1/2″ bigger that the roll so I cut my 1×4 and 1×2 to 11 1/2″ long. If you want a little more room to make it easier to attach a new roll, leave them at 12″ long.
Measure up 9″ from the bottom of the side pieces and mark a line. This will be where the top of the shelf is.
Drill pocket holes into both ends of the 1×4 and 1×2 boards.
Line the 1×4 shelf board up so the top is at the 9″ line. Secure to one of the sides with wood glue and screws. Line the 1×2 board up so it is flush with the bottom back of the side and secure with wood glue and screws. The pocket holes should be hidden on the back or bottom of the boards when you attach them.
Attach the other side the same way. Mark the center of the circle (from the template) on each side of the farmhouse paper towel holder. Drill a hole just larger that the screw on the back of your decorative knobs.
Cut your dowel so it is about 1/8″ shorter that the length of your shelf. Drill holes into each end that are the same size as the screw on the decorative knobs.
Sand, stain, and seal your new wood farmhouse paper towel holder. Then to assemble. Place a roll of paper towels on the dowel. Place one of the decorative knobs through the hole on one side of the paper towel holder and line the hole in the dowel up with it. Screw the knob into the dowel. Then repeat on the other side.
Now you have a beautiful new modern farmhouse paper towel holder with just the right amount of modern and just the right amount of rustic. PERFECT!
And don’t forget to check out the hosts of Craft Lightening and see all the other fun 15 minute wood projects to keep you entertained all summer long!