DIY Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder


I got so inspired by a paper towel holder I saw in World Market a couple weeks ago, and realized I already had ALL the supplies I needed to make it! I had all this leftover copper pipe from the book/iPad stand I made, and I was obviously really excited to get more use out of my pipe cutter (yes, it's a thing and yes I already have one). Plus, I was excited to upgrade from the dingy paper towel holder I bought from Goodwill three years ago!

So if you don't already have yourself a pipe cutter, go to Home Depot and get yourself one! It opens your door to a whole new world of copper pipe crafts :-P

Time: ~30-45 minutes
Cost: ~$25 (including the pipe cutter)


Things you will need:

  • Pipe cutter (I have this one)
  • ~2 ft of copper pipe, about 0.5"-0.75" in diameter
  • One copper T, same diameter as pipe
  • Three copper caps, same diameter as pipe
  • Large oval wood slice (at least ~7 inches in diameter)
  • E6000 glue
  • Two screws with flat heads, and matching wall anchors
  • Screwdriver

Optional step 0: If you want your copper pipe to look extra shiny, use steel wool under running water to polish it. The copper from the hardware store can look grungy, but a little abrasive scrubbing takes all the grime away!

  1. Cut your pipes: Using your pipe cutter, rotating it around your pipe, cut your copper pipe into 4 pieces: one 14 inch long piece, one 6 inch long piece, and two 1 inch long pieces
  2. Attach the pieces for the towel stand
    1. Attach the 1 inch pieces to the sides of the T, one on each side
    2. Cover the exposed ends of the two 1 inch piece with two of your copper caps, one each
    3. Attach the 14 inch piece to the middle of the copper T
  3. Attach the remaining cap to one end of your remaining 6 inch pipe
  4. Find the middle of your wood slice, and screw a screw all the way through the slice. If your slice is more oval, you may want to shift the "middle" slightly to one side. The screws are going to help make sure the copper pipes stay standing up straight.
  5. Screw your second screw about 5 inches from the first screw
  6. Twist on the wall anchors to the ends of the screws, letting them expand
  7. Add a bunch of glue around the screw - this will help secure the bases of the pipes
  8. Wiggle your pipes over the wall anchors to stand straight up. The long 14 inch one (with the T on top) should go over the middle screw, and the shorter 6 inch one should go over the second screw. They should feel a bit snug with the tension from the wall anchors.
  9. Let the glue dry!

Woohoo! How cute and rustic and charming - amirite or amirite?