DIY Industrial Paper Towel Holder

The Power Tool Design Team girls are back with another set of projects to inspire you to use power tools.  This month our theme is Home Improvement.

Home Improvement Projects

I don’t know about at your house but at mine there is always a need for home improvement.  I was all set to build a recycle center for our lake house but I ran out of time and didn’t get it completed.  We were coming home from the lake on Sunday evening when I realized that we don’t have a paper towel holder at the lake and that I could build one to share with you for this challenge.  After a quick stop at Home Depot, I was set to get started.

I’ve seen bunches of industrial paper towel holders on the Internet but didn’t realize until after mine was completed that I pretty much copied a project that my friend Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule completed for our drill challenge last May.  I debated whether to post my project since Nancy already shared hers, but decided to go ahead.  Please click over to see Nancy’s project and click around while you are there.  She has great ideas.


DIY Industrial Style Paper Towel Holder by



On Tuesday I shared the industrial style bar stools that we just purchased from Sam’s for our lake house.  Our new paper towel holder is going to fit in perfectly with the industrial vibe.   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


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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


I love our power tool challenges and can’t wait to see what the other ladies are sharing this month.  Click on each link below to see each project.

Home Improvement Using Power Tools

DIY Shutters Create And Babble

DIY Fireplace Mantel Shelf Her Tool Belt

Industrial Paper Towel Holder by Virginia Seweet Pea

Blanket Ladder by Refresh Restyle

Cedar Hose Planter by Kim Six Fix

DIY Vanity Sliding Drawer by Interior Frugalista

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall by Designs By Studio C

Wall Mount Staghorn Fern by A Piece Of Rainbow

DIY Painted Stairs Makeover by Thrift Diving

DIY Modern Rustic Mirror by H2OBungalow

Sharing With:
H2O Bungalow, Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home, Refresh Restyle, Between Naps on the Porch,Concord Cottage,Stone Gable, Sand and Sisal, Yesterday on Tuesday, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Bless’er House, Dwell Beautiful, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s BodyImparting Grace,From Gardeners 2 Bergers, Patina Paradise, The Everyday Home, Finding Silver Pennies, My Soulful Home


  1. I love your towel holder! …and your router too! It’s definately on my to do list as ours is old and boring. Thanks so much for the tutorial:)
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  2. 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!
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    • 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.


  3. Great job on your industrial paper towel holder – love it! You’ve inspired me to get going with using my new router and bits! Pinned!
    Jeanie @ create&babble recently posted…How to Make Indoor ShuttersMy Profile

    • 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!


  4. Paula, this is so cute! I’m a big fan of industrial style stuff (even though I have NONE in my house. LOL). I would totally make this!

    • 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.


  5. This is a really great idea! Love that industrial style.

  6. This is such a great project using unconventional materials.. plus you can’t be the industrial look!

  7. Nice job you rebel! LOL … I like the crock idea too though 🙂

  8. I love your paper towel holder! It is the perfect compliment to the barstools… Good luck on your projects in the lake house! 🙂

  9. Paula, your paper towel holder is going to be perfect with those fabulous barstools and the industrial pendant lights. Very nice!
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista recently posted…How To DIY A Bathroom Vanity Sliding ShelfMy Profile

    • 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!


  10. First, so jealous of your lake house! Love it! This project is perfect and I am loving the industrial look!

  11. 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


    • 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.


  12. Love those barstools first of all!! And this paper towel holder goes perfectly! XO
    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer recently posted…15 More Ordinary Items RepurposedMy Profile

  13. I LOVE this so much!! You should sell them in your booth! I would possibly buy one. So simple but so neat!!
    Megan recently posted…On Being HonestMy Profile

  14. such a pretty and useful project! LOVE your workshop paula!! and the crock pot holder is super cool too! =)

    • 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.


  15. This is so cool! Makes me wish I had some power tools to make one. 🙂 I have an old crock that I use for utensils, too. I never thought of using one for a paper towel holder though …. great idea!
    Ginnie | Hello Little Home recently posted…Creamy Rosemary Potato SoupMy Profile


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