How to Make a Brass Toilet Paper Holder

Our kids' bathroom renovation is complete! Almost EVERYTHING in it was a DIY project, including the pretty DIY brass toilet paper holder. This little beauty is made from affordable brass lamp parts and is super simple to make with minimal tools needed. Best of all it's a sturdy, solid brass toilet paper holder that doesn't look at all like a DIY project and it saves some $$ vs. buying one (which is likely NOT even made from solid brass).

How to Make a Brass Toilet Paper Holder : Easy DIY Project

*This post is sponsored by my favorite place to buy the parts for this toilet paper holder, Grand Brass Lamp Parts*

How to Make a Brass Toilet Paper Holder

Supplies to Make a Brass Toilet Paper Holder

The image above shows everything you need to make the toilet paper holder. Work your way from left to right, attaching each piece to the next. It's so simple there's probably no need to even list out the steps, but here they are for anyone who might find it helpful:

Step One :

Slide the brass check ring over the brass flange.

Attach Brass Check ring to Brass Flange - back view
Attach Brass Check ring to Brass Flange - front view

Step Two :

Tighten the coupling onto the threads of the brass flange.

Attach Brass Coupling to Brass Flange Top View
Attach Brass Coupling to Brass Flange Back View

Step Three :

Tighten the 2" brass pipe into the coupling.

How to Make a Brass TP Holder with Brass Pipe

Step Four :

Tighten the 90 degree armback onto the 2" brass pipe.

How to Make a Brass TP Holder with Brass Pipe and Brass Couplings

Step Five:

Screw the threads of the 5" brass pipe into the open end of the armback.

How to Make a Brass TP Holder with Brass Pipe and Brass Couplings

Step Six:

Attach the cylinder cap to the end of the 5" pipe and twist until tight.

How to Make a Brass TP Holder with Brass Pipe, Brass Couplings and a Brass Cylinder Cap

And that's it. It's seriously that easy. But now you've got to mount it, and there are several ways of doing it.

How to Mount DIY Brass TP Holder

Option One

Remove the flange, check ring, and coupling from the toilet paper holder. Screw the brass flange to the wall at the desired position. There are three holes already in the flange where you can add your screws. You will likely need to use some sort of drywall mounting hardware since it's unlikely you'll be fixing it to a stud.

After the brass flange is firmly attached to the wall, add the brass check ring, then screw the coupling onto the threads of the flange. Attach the rest of the toilet paper holder to the coupling.

If anyone tries this, let me know how it goes.  This was my original plan, but it turns out our bathroom is crazy small. The toilet paper holder would have been too cramped in between the toilet and the vanity cabinet, which dictated its placement ON the vanity . . .

How to Mount a DIY TP holder to the wall

Option Two

Hardware Needed to Attach DIY Toilet Paper Holder to Cabinet

Using a 3/16" drill bit, make two holes in the brass check ring:

Mark Hole for Toilet Paper Holder
Begin Drilling Hole in Check Ring of Toilet Paper Holder
Make Holes in the Brass Flange to attach toilet paper holder to cabinet

Decide on the placement of your toilet paper holder, hold in place and mark the spot of one of the holes (make sure a drawer slide isn't on the other side). Using a 3/16" drill bit, make a hole all the way through the cabinet.

How to Mount DIY Brass Toilet Paper Holder to Wooden Vanity Cabinet

Insert a threaded rod with a cap on one side through the check ring and cabinet, then secure inside the cabinet with a nut. (I removed part of the TP holder to make this easier.)

Hold the base of the toilet paper holder exactly where you want it, and mark the placement of the second hole. Drill with 3/16" bit.

How to Mount DIY Brass Toilet Paper Holder to Wooden Vanity Cabinet

Attach the other threaded rod/cap and nut. Tighten with a wrench.

Here's what it looks like from inside the vanity:

How to Mount DIY Brass Toilet Paper Holder to Wooden Vanity Cabinet

And here's the DIY brass toilet paper holder from the outside. So pretty, don't you think???

Finished Brass Toilet Paper Holder Mounted to Vanity
Finished Brass Toilet Paper Holder Mounted to Vanity
Finished Brass Toilet Paper Holder Mounted to Vanity
Finished Brass Toilet Paper Holder Mounted to Vanity
Finished Brass Toilet Paper Holder Mounted to Vanity
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