Ever went through every drawer in hopes of finding that one last roll of toilet paper? Well, to fix this problem I’ve built a DIY Cloud Toilet Paper Holder. As soon as you walk through that bathroom door, and from one glance you will know exactly how much toilet paper you’re dealing with.
One of the most concerning things about small bathrooms is the lack of storage. With limited storage space, the question is, where do you store all that toilet paper? You could, of course, have one or two rolls at a time, and one day find yourself sitting on the toilet without any toilet paper. But that is not the life that anybody wants to live. In lieu of that, you could get creative about finding places to store away a few extra rolls.
The DIY cloud toilet paper holder that I’ve built does not take up much room and it cost about $15 of material to make. And I think that this is one of the best ways to make a pile of toilet paper look good.
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Step 1 – Cut 11×17 Plywood and Glue in Pairs
There are several different ways to make this toilet paper cloud. I had a few sheets of 3/4″ plywood from a previous project and that’s what I used. But if you want to make it prettier and use real wood, you could use 1×12 boards. The material cost would probably be the same as plywood.
The other option is to cut out the cloud shapes using 2×12 boards. If you decided to use 2×12 boards then you don’t need to glue the pieces together as I did with 3/4″ plywood sheets. You just need to cut out the shapes and nail them together.
But for this tutorial, we’re using plywood. So take 3/4″ thick plywood and cut six 11″x17″ sheets using a skill saw or a table saw. These 11×17 pieces do not need to be perfectly cut as long as the cloud shapes fit on them.
Next, glue the 11×17 plywood sheets together, using wood glue, by pairs to get a total of 3 sets. Clamp these sheets together with pipe clamps and let the glue dry. I usually leave it overnight for the glue to dry completely.
Step 2 – Print Template and Glue on Plywood
Once the glue dries, download the PDF and print out all the pages. Make sure to print the last three pages of this PDF on 11×17 paper. Otherwise, if you print on a regular 8 1/2″x11″ page, the cloud shapes are going to be too small and the toilet paper will not fit.
Next glue the 11×17 templates to the plywood with regular kid’s Elmer’s Liquid School Glue. Apply more glue at the perimeter of the cloud shape. This will keep the paper attached while you’re cutting out the shapes. You will need to use a random orbital sander, later on, to remove this template paper after the shapes are cut out.
The other option, instead of gluing the paper template, you could cut out the shapes with scissors and trace these cloud shapes onto the plywood boards.
Step 3 – Cut Toilet Paper Cloud Shapes
To cut out these cloud shapes you could either use a band saw or a jig saw. Either one will work just fine. I had a band saw so that’s what you see me using in the pictures. Follow the perimeter of the cloud shapes to cut all the pieces.
Step 4 – Attach Cloud Shapes Together in Layers
I designed the individual cloud shapes to overlap or intertwine each other so that the entire toilet paper cloud holder stays stronger as one solid piece.
These cloud shapes will be attached together with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails. So if you don’t want the brad nails to be visible, it’s important to start assembling the cloud from the front working your way to the back. Otherwise, if you start from the back, you will need to attach the front pieces last which will expose the brad nails.
Find a flat surface and place the first layer of cloud shapes. Glue the first and second layers together interlocking the shapes. Use a nail gun with 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure it in place. Repeat with 3rd layer. Clamp it together and let the glue dry. Once the glue completely dries use a random orbital sander to send it on the outside and sandpaper on the inside to remove any rough or uneven edges.
Step 5 – Drill Pocket Holes for Wall Attachment
Before staining or painting the toilet paper holder you need to drill two pocket holes for wall attachment. The pocket holes need to be drilled at the right spot so that the screws go into the studs inside the wall. If the toilet paper holder is attached only to drywall, it will eventually come loose and rip out the drywall.
To find the correct spot for pocket holes, first, use a stud finder to locate studs in the wall and mark them with a pencil on the wall. Then hold the cloud on the wall at the desired location and height and transfer the marks onto the inside of the cloud. Using a Kreg Jig Mini, drill a pocket hole for 3/4″ wood thickness on the inside of the cloud, but you will use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach it to the wall.
Step 6 – Stain and Paint the Cloud Toilet Paper Holder
Once the pocket holes are drilled and everything is sanded now it’s time to stain the cloud.
First, use Jacobean Stain for the first layer. Then after the stain, use Chalky Finish Restor paint for the second layer. To apply Chalky Finish, spray water on the cloud and apply the paint using a cloth rag in small strokes. Wipe off extra paint with a dry rag. Depending on your preference you could apply as much chalky finish paint as you want or as little as you want.
After the stain and paint are dry, apply a final coat of Semi-Gloss Polyurethane to protect the wood. You’re done with this beautiful DIY Cloud Toilet Paper Holder.