DIY Paper Towel Holder- Easiest Project EVER!

February 16, 2015

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

Hello friends!  As I write this I am wrapped up in my Snuggie {yes, I have a Snuggie–they are hideous, but so practical and cozy} because it is 20 degrees outside.  That is COLD for North Carolina!  I hope you all are staying warm.

I am sharing with you a quick and easy project today–it's perfect for all you busy, hard working people out there :)  I am going to show you how to make a DIY paper towel holder that you can proudly leave out on display so that your paper towels are always at your fingertips.

Today’s project is for anyone with kids {or messy eaters} that would like to have paper towels on hand for every meal.  Our twin girls are 4 now and are generally pretty clean eaters, but we do still have our fair share of spills and mess during meals, so we really need to have paper towels on hand.  We used to jump up to retrieve paper towels from our counter top where they used to be stored because I didn't want to have an ugly roll of paper towels sitting on our table all the time, especially after we finished our $700 kitchen makeover and were SOOOO proud of how it turned out.  But, I came up with a way to store paper towels on our table in a pretty way.  YAY!  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

 Materials Needed to Make a DIY Paper Towel Holder:

  • A vase large enough to fit a roll of paper towels
  • Spray paint {if necessary}

Steps to Make a DIY Paper Towel Holder:

I found this beautiful vase at HomeGoods forever ago.  I loved the size and shape, but yellow was not the color that I wanted.  I decided to snap it up anyway because I knew spray paint could fix that!  So, for me, spray painting the vase was the first step.  I found a color that would work perfectly in our kitchen and got to work.  It was quick and easy.

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

After the paint dried, I popped our paper towels in and set it on our table.  I finished this project around 8 months ago and our paper towels have sat on our table every day since I finished it because they are no longer an eye sore–the vase is so pretty to look at!

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

Isn't that AWESOME?!  I seriously wish I had thought of it years ago.  Now, if you want a pretty paper towel holder at your house but aren't sure where to find the perfect vase, you are in luck.  As best I can tell, this is the exact vase I purchased at HomeGoods.  This one is from Amazon, for only $31.57.

THIS IS GENIUS! DIY paper towel holder from a vase. Why didn't I think of that?!

If you want to see more of our kitchen makeover, you can check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  It's FULL of thrifty and stylish ideas that you can incorporate into your own home!



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  1. rockyrd says:

    love that and love that you spray painted it. I have tons of paper towel sized vases around here. can’t wait to try it.
    so much prettier than those holders.

    i saw your kitchen yesterday on the Kitchn site and wrote to you about the fridge and moving it back. I signed up for your blog and am having a good time reading it. I have a question.
    Have you ever resurfaced or painted counter tops?How do they hold up? We are purchasing another house in a few weeks and the bathroom counter is like nothing we have ever seen.
    We heard from the neighbor that it was the owners favorite fabric or wallpaper and it was laminated to the counter top. its wild but not us. Its in perfect condition and the sinks/faucets are newer and nice.
    I think I will try your painted striped idea on the vinyl floor in the little pantry/laundry room off of the kitchen. It could be a sweet little room with a different floor.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Rockyrd! I have never painted a countertop, but you can check out my DIY concrete countertop overlay here: . We also did it on our laundry room counters: It’s a great option and is holding up perfectly! I hope that helps!

    • Holly says:

      Hey, Rockyrd!
      We painted our old laminate countertops “for a few months until we redo the kitchen.” About ten years later, no redone kitchen, but most of the countertops were still in great shape. :-) We used Sherwin Williams’s Industrial Enamel with a Bonding Primer underneath. That Industrial Enamel rocks! I’ve used it on dressers, countertops, kitchen exhaust hoods, old IKEA shelves, etc. Once it dries, it’s TOUGH. As long as you’re okay with a pretty high gloss, it’s well worth a can to spruce up the kitchen!
      (I redid the counters in a cool turquoise color about a year ago, and I skipped the bonding primer this time and didn’t let it cure for a couple of days before use. It did NOT stay as scratch-free this time in our highest traffic areas, although it’s still pretty great and better than any regular paint would have been.
      So be sure to do all the right prep… TSP or similar, roughing things up with sandpaper, using primer…. then be patient for a couple of days before using. It says it’s fully cured in 7 days, but who has time for that? :-) Heck, I finished up the turquoise the night before a big party. Hence the lack of curing time. :-) But if you follow the “rules,” it’ll last you several years!

  2. Such a great, quick project! And that color….love!

  3. Tasha, this vase is so pretty. I love the color you picked. What a great way to hide the paper towels right on the kitchen table! Is the vase metal or ceramic?

  4. What a great idea for a decorative paper towel holder! Thanks for sharing such a simple but stunning idea!

  5. Man, I’m home sick today and would give my right arm to have a snuggie! This project is so clever…I HATE seeing the paper towels out and am always trying to hide them on our countertop.

  6. You are cracking me up with your snuggie! But yes 20 in NC and SC is cold! ;)

    Easy projects are the bomb! Love the new color too!

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