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DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

A paper towel holder was needed for our lake house and being the DIY type, I decided to make my own.  My DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder is perfect for our lake house kitchen counter.

DIY Industrial Style Paper Towel Holder by virginiasweetpea.com

Our paper towel holder will fit in perfectly with the industrial vibe in our lake house..   You can see in the picture below that our paper towels currently are sitting on the counter. Industrial Style Bar Stools

How to Make an Industrial Paper Towel Holder


1” x 12” Black Steel Pipe Nipple

1” Black Iron Cap

1” Black Floor Flange


4 – 3/4” Sheet Metal Screws


Palm Sander

Stain – I used General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain in Brown Mahogany

Topcoat – I used General Finishes High Performance Water Based Satin

Pre-cut Wood Circle or Board to Make Your Own

If Making Your Own Circle:  Circle Cutting Jig, Router

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder Supplies


1.  Make a 9” wood circle using a router and circle cutting jig.  (Skip this step if you purchase a pre-cut wood circle.)

Rockler Circle Cutting Jig Used to Make the Base for a DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

This jig is awesome!  My first project using it was a DIY Wood Clock that I shared last fall.

2.  Use a roundover bit to route the edge of the board.  (Skip this step if you use a pre-cut circle of wood.)

Routing the Edges of a Wooden Circle

3.  Sand both sides and the edges of the circle until it is smooth.

Sanding the DIY Circle Cut Using Rockler Circle Cutting Jig

4.  Drill pilot holes for the screws.

Pilot Holes Drilled to Attach Flange to Paper Towel Base

5.  Stain the wood round and apply a top coat.

Supplies for DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

6.   Screw the floor flange to the wood round.

How to Make a DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

7.  The black steel pipe is going to be greasy and dirty.  Mine was so bad that I had to wash my hands at Home Depot and then carry it through the store holding it with a paper towel.  Mr. SP had this degreaser on hand that worked perfectly for cleaning it.

How to Make a DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder - Use a Degreaser on the Pipe

8.  Screw the pipe into the floor flange and then screw the end cap on top.

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

I can’t wait to take this to the lake!  Here it is in my kitchen at home without paper towels.    How to Make a DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder - Finished Product

And now with paper towels.

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder in Use

Here it is from a distance, ready to be used.

Fun fact:  I don’t know the two dogs in the photo on the counter.  I bought the frame at an estate sale and couldn’t resist displaying it.  They make me smile!

DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder in My Kitchen

My mom and some of my aunts started using crocks for their paper towels when I was a teenager.  The tradition has been passed on to me and a few of my cousins.

Use an Old Crock for a Paper Towel Holder

Now that I know how easy it is to make a DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder, I may make another for home and take this crock to the lake to use for cooking utensils beside my stove.

If you like this project and care to pin it to Pinterest, I sure would appreciate it.DIY Industrial Style Paper Towel Holder

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  1. Paula, you are so smart! I’ve never been a huge fan of paper towel holders, but I really like yours. That’s going to look great with your industrial stools. You’re turning your SML house into a beautiful space!

    Pinning this to my DIY projects board. Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

    1. Thank you, Richella! I took the paper towel holder to the lake this weekend and it looks great there. Slowly but surely, I am getting the lake house furnished and looking good.


    1. Thanks, Jeanie! I’m loving this paper towel holder.

      I’ll have to admit that I’m no good at picking out which bit makes which shape. My husband always has to help me. I guess I’ll catch on eventually!


    1. I’m so pleased with this, Serena, and it was easy to make and relatively inexpensive. I also like the industrial look and the lake is the perfect place for it.


    1. Thanks, Marie. I took the paper towel holder to the lake this weekend and am 100% pleased with how it looks there. I love it when a project works out just like I’d planned!


  2. Paula,

    I had no idea about this circle jig. How awesome! Your paper towel holder tutorial is great. I learned a lot. I washed pipe once and it wanted to rust or corrode immediately. Good to know about the parts degreaser


    1. I learned about the circle jig last summer at Haven from the Rockler booth. I want to use it to make a tabletop but haven’t yet done so.


    1. Thank you! We put an addition on our house about 10 years ago and the basement area became our new shop. It’s so nice to have space to work. I’ll tell my mom that you like the crock that she passed along to me. She’ll like that.


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