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DIY Copy Cat with a Twist!

The other day I was browsing around through some of my favorite DIY bloggers and came across this cute and useful idea by Carmel @ Our Fifth House.  (I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how awesome and talented she is but definitely go on over and peruse her site!)  Carmal has the same pet peeve that I'm sure most of us who share a house with other people have...replacing the toilet paper roll!  Mine always sits on top of the empty holder....ALWAYS (exception:  when we have people over I bend).  I sometimes feel like it's a game.  Who's going to put it on?  How long will it sit before someone breaks?  Well, no one ever seems to care.  My littles are too little and my hubs just doesn't think it's a big deal, so I sort of just let it go. UNTIL something ghetto unfortunate happened to the holder in my downstairs powder room.  It was starting to slowly come out of the dry the screws were stripped and there was no putting it back in, unless I filled the holes, repainted, and moved the holder to a different part of the wall. thanks!  Then I came across this fab idea from Carmel!

Isn't that rad!?  So... I went on over to Hobby Lobby for some inspiration in creating this idea with a DIY Lori spin.  Since I just wanted to cover up the awful holes in my wall I needed a large piece of somethin' to cover it horizontally.  I went straight to the craft wood plaques and they were the perfect size and had a great price tag.  (I've used them many times and I just love how accommodating they are no matter what I want to do to them.)  Next I went over to Target and found some inexpensive curtain tie backs.   They come in a set of two so of course I was going to make two TP holders. :)

Back at home I had all the supplies needed to paint, modpodge, etc., etc.  Let's get started!

I have a lovely assortment of craft paper/card stock and mixed some paints together to get the right grey color.  As you can see I only painted the sides of the wood plaque. After the paint and modpodge dried, I attached the tie back hooks with  upholstery tacks I had left over.  I could've used the screws that came with the hooks, but I wanted it to be a little more decorative and unique.  All I did was hammer them in and the hook is secure.

Here are the two versions I did...aren't they cool and different!??  I love different.  Different is cool.

Luckily these hooks did not need a smaller knob on the end.  My toilet paper roll fit nicely. Yay!

My almost-six-year-old said, "Mommy, I like the toilet paper rolls....MUCH easier."  :)  I live for simple and cute.  I'm glad I was able to achieve that.  Thank you, Carmel for planting the seed in my head!

I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a total copy cat-er.  That's why we "DIY bloggers" are here, to share ideas and inspire others to create.  



  1. Lori, this is such a cute idea!! I love the patterns you chose for yours!! I need you to come over and help me spruce things up around my house!! :) happy first day of summer break!! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Shanna! :) If you have something in mind that you want to create in your space, I'm happy to help in any way I can! Although I'm sure, with your sense of style, you house is fab.


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