I created the cutest toilet roll paper holder from a toy tool kit Jack had outgrown. This entire toilet roll paper holder was absolutely free for me to make because I already had everything lying around the house. I would venture to guess that if you have or had a toddler, you have this exact tool kit or some form of it too.

Jack’s bathroom has been sitting around 95% done. 95 is the new 100% right? Where are my 95’ers at? Anyhow, he’s needed a toilet roll paper holder…should be easy right? They sell them everywhere. Shoot, even CVS has toilet roll paper holders. But, you guys, I was sooooo not feeling like any ordinary toilet roll paper will work for this room. It’s playful, fun, bold and all boy. He doesn’t have to share it with any of his three sisters.

Look at how cute it is:

Modern farmhouse boy's bathroom with full length curtain and bold colors
board and batten wall painted benjamin moore decorator's white with peel and stick vinyl wallpaper mural in blue waves on top half in boys bathroom with three towel hooks and towels with built in hanging tab
This board and batten wall was a fun addition. Bathroom towels hung on hooks makes it easy to keep them off the ground

Using toys for bathroom decor

Before each Christmas rolls around I go through a toy purge and throw away/give away toys that are either missing pieces, broken or no longer played with.

These wood tool kit pieces were also on the chopping block when inspiration struck. I mean come on! They are a bolt and a nut!!! Right?!

Super cute as repurposed drawer pulls or as a toilet paper holder. Do you see it too?

I wish I hadn’t thrown the other ones away, I could have used them as the towel holders!!!! OMG so many exclamation marks!!!

wood toy bolt and nut from toy building set is so cute and can be repurposed as decor in children's rooms
I can’t believe I almost threw this away

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Supplies you will need for this toilet paper holder

Step 1: Drill a hole in your vanity

Drill a hole for my screw/bolt. I used a drill bit the same size as the threads for the bolt. It was 1/2″.

hole drilled into side of simple blue vanity made from 4x4 posts and 1x8 boards with a sink on top for the toilet roll paper holder bolt to screw in to
Before I made the 1/2″ hole, I predrilled a 1/4″ hole

Step 2: Mounting the Nuts and Bolt to the Vanity

Once your hole is made, add one nut to the bolt, and push or screw the bolt into the hole in the vanity you just made, when it is all the way through, grab your second nut and screw that on the inside of the vanity.

Thread the nuts towards each other to make the connection tight, but leave a small amount of threads exposed between the washer and the bolt head on the outside for the next step.

Step 3: Creating the toilet paper roll hanger

Then I had to find something to hang the toilet paper roll on from the bolt. It needed to be something that the tp could move and not get caught on.

I used a sprinkler riser and some twine. You could also use a copper pipe a little wider than the toilet paper roll, exposing it and allowing the toilet paper roll to roll even more freely and not get pinched by the twice or rope.

using twine and a sprinkler riser was a great way to repurpose things I already had at home for a free toilet paper roll holder.
Thread the twine or rope through, tie a knot on either end with a loop large enough to go around the bold head for hanging

Thread the twine or rope through your pipe and tie a knot on either end with a loop large enough to go around the head of the bold.

toy bolt repurposed as a toilet paper roll holder was a custom and cute addition to this quick and easy boy bathroom remodel
The loops make changing the roll super quick and easy too

Step 4: Hang the roll from the bolt

Last I hung it from the bolt. If you didn’t leave enough space, that’s okay, just loosen your nuts and adjust the depth of your bolt into the vanity to accommodate the thickness of your twine or rope.

So easy, so bold, so boy, so cute, so many so’s.

Tell, me, do you love creating special things for your kids? Do you also go through the old toys before Christmas and a million new toys show up from overly loving family members? Have you repurposed any old toys? Tell me all about it!

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