Make this easy industrial toilet paper holder crate

How to make this easy and cool industrial toilet paper holder crate wall shelf! Adds the perfect farmhouse charm in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #toiletpaper #shelves #storage #industrial #farmhouse #crates

Industrial toilet paper holder crate… that blew up Facebook

Sometimes the smallest decorating details in a room can become the biggest things…

Farmhouse bathroom with ladder towel holder and crate toilet paper storage. Click for the full tour!

Welcome to my master bathroom.

This is my little master bathroom. It was quite the sight when I first moved in.

The pedestal sink was a fluke. I was only borrowing it until I could afford my own sink. Guess what… it stayed. I fell in love, what can I say.

See that floor? Still love it to this day. It was my first attempt at cutting a pattern into tiles. Took me about 2 years to complete, but I did it. 🙂 The tile pattern was a small thing that made a BIG difference to me.

Ladder towel hanger, part of a Farmhouse bathroom makeover. Click for the full tour!

The ladder landed here from day one and just stayed. I’ve attempted to change things around and try it elsewhere, but missed it.

Ladder towel hanger, part of a Farmhouse bathroom makeover. Click for the full tour!

When you know a piece works well in a room for all the right reasons, it’s BIG.

Farmhouse bathroom with ladder towel holder and crate toilet paper storage. Click for the full tour!

Anyway, as these pieces came together, I shared the bathroom reveal in THIS POST.

But one of the features in this little bathroom makeover caught the attention of those on Facebook…

How to make this easy and cool industrial toilet paper holder crate wall shelf! Adds the perfect farmhouse charm in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #toiletpaper #shelves #storage #industrial #farmhouse #crates

The industrial toilet paper holder crate is basically a crate with a vintage licence plate screwed to it.

It works as a wall shelf with of course, gritty, rustic farmhouse industrial appeal.

Cute, right? Simple too!

How to make this easy and cool industrial toilet paper holder crate wall shelf! Adds the perfect farmhouse charm in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #toiletpaper #shelves #storage #industrial #farmhouse #crates

It was actually so simple, I didn’t think to highlight it in any real special way. I don’t even remember taking a picture of it. It was just a small rustic accessory that worked.

But then something kinda special happened…

Before I share that, here’s how I did it… since I hadn’t written this before!

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How-to make this industrial toilet paper holder crate


  1. Team up a vintage crate to a license plate, ensuring they are the same width.
  2. Locate a stud in the wall, then screw the crate to the wall stud.
  3. Tip: I like to insert one screw first, then rest a carpenter’s level on top, tilt until straight, then add more screws to secure.
  4. Line the bottom with a towel or paper if desired, then fill with toilet paper.


How to make this easy and cool industrial toilet paper holder crate wall shelf! Adds the perfect farmhouse charm in minutes! Click for full tutorial. #toiletpaper #shelves #storage #industrial #farmhouse #crates

Simple, right?

But for fun, I shared it on Facebook over the weekend. And know what happened?

This little industrial toilet paper holder crate went semi-viral.

Check out this industrial toilet paper holder crate that went viral on Facebook!

 Facebook blew up! 🙂 I don’t think ANY of my projects have ever received over 200 likes yet not to mention 23 shares.

Anyway, that proved this little toilet paper storage idea was a good one, and deserved a highlight!

I think it did well because it is easy and it does work. And looks cool too!

Here’s to little crates holding toilet paper in a big way! Now go make one yourself. It’ll take you about 30 seconds.

Think you’ll try?

Other up-cycled toilet paper storage ideas to try:

Learn how to make this charming reclaimed wood branch toilet paper shelf! Click for full tutorial.

Branch handled toilet paper shelf

Learn how to make this checkerboard yardstick toilet paper holder that holds up to 4 rolls! Click for full tutorial.

Checkerboard toilet paper holder

Learn how to make and install this whimsical sleigh wall shelf that holds toilet paper and more! Click for full tutorial.

Sleigh toilet paper holder

Learn how to repurpose shutters into a charming wall storage shelf that holds toilet paper! Click for full tutorial.

Shutters wall shelf toilet paper holder

Visit many other quirky shelf ideas HERE

And some super cool ideas to make with crates!

Check out my current master bathroom, salvaged farmhouse style HERE


More slightly bent projects can be found above. 🙂

What little project went big on you?


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85 thoughts on “Make this easy industrial toilet paper holder crate

  1. Haha. Isn’t that just the way of things? Something you spent three years on gets less attention than something that took two minutes. Well, it is fabulous regardless, but the whole bathroom really is. It ALL deserves that many likes and shares 🙂

  2. I absolutely loved it. I was one of the 200+ likes, didn’t share cause I kind of hold onto ideas that I love.. Not a sharer, nope not me! I showed it to my husband who also loved it. We will be building this very soon once I find a vintage license plate that meets approval. 😉

    • that’s good, would be nothing worse than rusty paper 😮 I guess if it was an issue that sealer could be applied to the back of the plate. Thanks for answering my weird question … my brain just goes there sometimes 😀

  3. The TP holder is adorable and unique.. Congrats on it being acknowledged by so many..
    I think there’s a lesson for us all here. TP holder 200 likes– totally remodeled kitchen– 200 likes or less:) Maybe I should stick to the tiny projects..

  4. I think it’s the simple things done with a creative twist that really stop us in our tracks. Perhaps it’s because we can relate to them so readily. Whereas with bigger, more complicated projects we think, “Nice. Can’t do that.” and move on. It reminds me of how little children sometimes play with the Christmas packaging instead of the fancy gift 😉 There’s a lot of wisdom and beauty in simple things done well. Your TP holder is a perfect example. LOVE!!
    <3 Christina

  5. Funky Junk Interiors was the very first Blog I ever came across. At first I thought it would be like invading some ones privacy by reading what they wrote every day, so never bothered. That mabey it was like a diary that only real life friends should be reading. But the pictures that you posted made it hard not to look, and I soon discovered how fast you actually become one of those friends too. You never cease to amaze me Donna. I love your style and the way you incorporate the past, or articles that were on the way to the trash can, with today and making everything look like its been there all the time.
    Thanx bunches for inspiring me every time I read your posts.


  6. I LUV this idea. Sometimes the simple things get the largest impact. Remember my fan towel holder, or grater votives. You never know what speaks to people. Your toilet paper holder was definitely talking up a storm.

  7. I LOVE your little TP holder! It’s amazing to me how somethings just go viral! For me, it was my reading nook. It was originally a smallish spot that we bumped out into our garage so we would have a place to put the tv. It was like a built in entertainment center with shelves on either side of the TV and doored storage below. When we bought a flat screen years later we no longer needed the built in. So we mulled over it for months about what to do with it. He wanted all desk, I wanted all cushion and reading area. One day, my husband drew a rough sketch, we compromised and finished sketching it out. He took a while to build it but we fell in love with it as it was moving along. After it was finished I saw a post where it asked where you blogged from so I posted my little blogspot and wham! It’s been an incredibly popular post ever since. Now it’s all over pinterest and I get 1 to 2 questions a week about it! We LOVE out little space! Here it is…

  8. I can see why so many people love it, it is very vintage looking and original, your whole bathroom looks very nice. I love the ladder too and your floor ofcourse.

  9. It’s always the little details that make a room more interesting. And, let’s face it, TP storage isn’t usually the cutest. Win for you!

    My little project that blew up was when I got a desk for free on craigslist and spray painted it. It was featured twice on wordpress that week! My blog never got so many hits. Here’s the link if you’re curious…

  10. This is great, I love it. Somewhere in my stash of old things there are some crates and I know there is a license plate hiding, too! I love your blog and find it quite inspiring.
    Have Fun,

  11. Isn’t that funny how something can just be….so simple and so great! Doesn’t happen all the time (wish it would) but when it does…the most fun ever.

    Love this and I was already looking for old license plates…I can’t wait for one now. I am taking one of those newer ones and getting her all rusty!

  12. Okay! That is just too cute! Very clever!

    Oh and I like the way that you put the shutters inside of room by the window. That just really adds another level of clever!

  13. Donna!
    I love this idea for holding toilet paper! I think it would be adorable in my boys’ bathroom, but with a bright colored “boyish” plate. Don’cha think?!
    Thanks for always providing such great inspiration!

  14. I don’t have a little project that went big, yet.
    But, you never know!

    Your little necessities holder is simple perfect. Rustic style, you can store so many things in it. And, with the license plate giving you some cover, you can store things you might not want visible to the world at large.
    ~ Dana

  15. Donna that caught my eye a while back when you showed something about decorating with plants, I think. So what if you get a rusty booty, I love it. I have what it takes to
    make it just don’t have the room to put it. I wished my license plate was as old as
    yours, mine is from 60’s. You always come up with the neatest things, soooo creative!!!

  16. You never can tell what will take off, but it’s no shock to me that this one did! Adorable! You are so creative. That crate is simple, rustic, and just plain cool!

    P.S., Love the bathroom floor, and the ladder, and the sink. Basically, it’s a totally awesome room. Your’e a genius!

  17. Love love love this! There really isn’t anything out there that is awesomely adorable and meant just to hold toilet paper! What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

  18. LOL! it’s blowing up my Pinterest account with repins! 42 repins within 2 minutes and it’s fairly late @ night. You need to put it in your Pinterest under license plate – I looked for it there first but didn’t see it. It’s great by the way! I’m an avid follower of your blog and follow you on Pinterest!


  19. Hi, would you be willing to share the dimensions of your crate? This is such an amazing idea!!! Thanks.

  20. pretty cool toilet paper holder..we should make sure that our toilet should look good an well organize..i always ask some help to Sydney Bathroom supplies cause they provide everything specially when it comes to bathroom supplies..

  21. Hi – It’s good to read such interesting stuff on
    the Internet as I have been able to discover here.
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    coming back to this website again. Thanks again for posting such
    great reading material!!

  22. Love this bathroom you did a wonderful job! If you don’t mind sharing, what is the paint color you selected for the wall?

  23. Cool idea. Just curious if you have any idea what that particular license plate that you “repurposed” is worth in the hotrodding crowd… Might be worth swapping out for a less saught after year.

    • Hi Jason, I have no idea of the worth of the plate. But thanks for the heads up! This project has been retired because I have a new shelf up now. I take stuff apart from time to time and rebuild. So the plate is free and clear again for use! 🙂

  24. The second I saw the loo roll holder crate, I thought: That is…GREAT!!!!! Just the sort of funky touch I would like in my bathroom! Then I read the story and saw I wasn’t the only one! Congratulations for having such original ideas. You are an inspiration!

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