Well, this is the Back to “Basics” series. And there are not many things more basic than toilet time. Am I right? Sure I am. You know it, and so do retailers. Which is why you end up paying a lot-o-cash-money for something as basic as the do-jicky that holds your TP. Just go to your favorite home improvement web page and type in “toilet paper holder”. You’ll see them in there for upwards of $25-30 each! WHAT?! For something I put paper on with which I will wipe my duff? NO. THANK. YOU.
And frankly, the crap (pun intended) that you can purchase for that $25-30 ain’t so cool. So, I’ve pulled together some way more fun, way less expensive ideas for you. We’re talking TP holders today. Hold onto your keister because these ideas are so fly they’re gonna make you wanna shake, shake, shake, shake your rump.
1. rustic rope toilet paper holder
So easy, and so gosh darn cute! You can whip up one of these TP holders DIY-style in less than 5 minutes, and it will cost you less than $5. No kidding. *This post contains affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy HERE*. I can see this style of TP holder in a coastal cottage, a kids bath, a rustic cabin retreat, vacation home, etc.
rustic rope toilet paper holder supplies:
- Rope/Jute Twine of your choice
- Wall (cup-style) hooks (pick whatever color/style you like)
- Drywall anchors
- Drill (to pre-drill into drywall)
First thing to do is tie the loops in the ends of your jute/twine/what-have-you. You can click HERE for a graphic over on Pinterest of how to tie the knot. Or below, I’ve done a short video to show you how it’s done.
Once you’ve tied off a loop at either end of your jute, then you’re ready to install it! Pre-drill a hole into the drywall for your anchor, if needed, or into a stud (if lucky). Once you’ve secured your wall anchor, then simply screw the hook into the wall.
Now hang your rope from the first hook.
You could use a level to make sure you are placing the other hook in correctly. Me? I like to live dangerously, so I eyeball it (see video below). I just marked the spot I wanted to place my hook by pushing the end of the hook into the wall a bit, then used the drill to pre-drill in that spot.
2. bungee toilet paper holder
For those “sporty” “adventurous” “crunchy” types, if you will. I could easily see this in a boys’ bathroom, college apartment or a bachelor pad!
bungee toilet paper holder supplies:
- Bungee Cord (color and length of your choice, though something in the 10″-12″ range is probably ideal)
- Screw-eye hooks (pick whatever color/style you like)
- Drywall anchors
- Drill (to pre-drill into drywall)
The installation of this type of tp holder will be virtually identical to the rope style discussed above.
3. twig or branch tp holder
Just screw a twig on the wall and call it a day! IT’S FREE! And talk about rustic charm! Doesn’t get more cabin-y cozy than a real piece-o-wood on the wall, right?
twig or branch tp holder supplies:
- Stick or Twig…go outside on a walk and find yourself the perfect candidate
- Drill (to pre-drill holes in wood and wall)
- Drywall anchors (if needed)
- Drywall Screws (make sure they are long enough to go through your twig AND into the drywall)
Seriously guys, it’s a FREE tp holder! Now you can save your booty to spend on something that’s sole purpose isn’t to help you wipe your booty. Gotta love that!
You definitely will want to pre-drill your stick/twig so that it doesn’t break when you’re affixing it to the wall.
And I simply used anchors, then drywall screws to put it on the wall. Took about 5 minutes, from the time I found the stick on the ground til now. Of course, if you wanted to get fancy, you could clean the stick, then spray it with some acrylic coating in whatever sheen you like in order to preserve it and make it last longer.
4. a basket, a pail or a bucket
A tisket, a tasket, stick your tp in a basket. Pretty novel idea, eh? I know. Not at all. But seriously, this is what we use in one of my bathrooms here, and I’ll tell you what, I’ve never sat on the john thinking “wow, this experience would be so much nicer if I had me a $30 tp holder right now”. Plus, I love old pails and buckets, and apple baskets and the lot. They make a nice addition to most spaces, anyhow. And usually, you already have something that would work lying around the house….so another potentially FREE idea (and we like FREE)!
That’s all the ideas I got for you here at our house. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
I decided to scour the www a bit to see if there were any more fun, tp ideas around town, and here’s what I came up with for you!
5. galvanized piping toilet paper holder
This little piece of genius is brought to you today by the blog Domestic Imperfection. Pretty cool idea, no?
6. leather strap & a wooden dowel tp holder
Wouldn’t this make a great TP holder, too? Another easy-breezy DIY project here, this one done by Ohoh Blog.
7. pulley or spool or even doorknob and string toilet paper holder
What a fun, easy concept! A pulley, or big spool, or even an old doorknob could be used to hang toilet paper with some ribbon, colorful string or rope. This one was found at www.blogdecodesign.fr…those fancy French! “A simple toilet paper holder” sounds so much sexier and fancier in French…”un support de papiere toilette tout simple”. SURE, I’ll have one of those fancy Parisian thing-a-ma-jiggers!
8. nauti-potty tp holder
Got a coastal or nautical thing going on? How about this boat cleat and rope job? Looks pretty ship-shape to me!
9. upcycled wood crate toilet paper holder
Check out junk goddess Donna of Funky Junk Interiors trashy chic tp storage solution. Hang a delectably old and banged up crate on the wall…and give it another pop of character by adding a vintage license plate. What’s not to love?
10. if you like it then you shoulda put a roll on it…tp roll, that is
And if you can’t think of anything else to use, and you’re about to just say “kiss my patooty” I’m just gonna shell out that $25 and call it a day…COUNT TO THREE, take a deep, cleansing breath (NOT in the bathroom) and go grab an apatosaurus. NOT a brontosaurus…they aren’t called that anymore in case you didn’t get the memo. Anyways, grab your dinosaur, or possibly giraffe. Then, stick a roll on it. Voila. Instant DIY genius.
And there you have it. 10 easy DIY and low cost alternatives to highly priced potty paraphernalia. When it comes to tp accoutrements, we need rock “bottom” pricing, because there is no need to “waste” money on something used purely for “waste”. Tell those $$$ bed and bath stores to kiss your patooty because we don’t need their $30 spinning plastic roller any longer. We’ll be using our twine, or bungee, or a random stick from the yard, and shakin’ our moneymakers all the way home from Bed, Bath & Beyond with our wallets’ a bit fatter, thank you very much!
Be sure to check out the other great posts in this series from 11 Magnolia Lane, Being Bianca, House by Hoff, Southern State of Mind and This is Our Bliss.