I have always had trouble finding affordable towel holders that align with the style of our home decor which is why I wanted to make my own instead. For this budget-friendly project, I transformed an old thrifted leather belt and a cheap wooden ring into a unique DIY towel holder.
DIY towel holder tutorial using wood and leather
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I have mentioned many times how much I despise all the builder-standard bathroom fixtures in our home and I started to replace them all.
Over the weekend I came up with today’s DIY hand towel ring that I love. My son and daughter share this bathroom and it now has the perfect mix of boy and girl.
List of what you’ll need
- Rub’n Buff in antique gold (optional) or leave the wooden ring natural
- clear sealer spray for wood
- wooden ring (I used this cheap wooden towel ring or you can use a large macrame ring but they usually cost much more)
- hand saw
- old belt (check a local thrift store) or a piece of leather scrap from the craft store
- brass screw and matching anchor size (my favorite anchor and just replace the screw with a brass screw at an equivalent size)
- Gorilla Glue or any other strong glue
step-by-step instructions for DIY towel holder
- I started by taking the mounting part of the wooden hand towel ring off with the saw(see the wooden towel ring in the below photo). Easy and fast! That left me with a wooden ring that was open on one side which you can see in the below photo.
- Then I sanded it lightly and applied the Rub ‘n Buff® with my fingers. It’s super easy to apply! It’s just like putting on lotion with a finger. Then let it dry. When it’s completely dry, take a cloth and buff the gold with it by wiping it back and forth. Or you can leave the wood natural the way it came and then you don’t need to seal it because it was sealed already!
- After that, it was time to seal the gold with some clear sealer to make sure my towels stayed clean and the gold didn’t get tarnished. Shake the can well and lightly spray the ring on a protected surface. Let it dry again. (As I said above, you can skip this step if you left the wood the way it was sold)
- I then cut off a part of an old belt, wrapped it around the open part of the wooden ring, applied glue, and clamped it.
- The next day when it was dry, I hung it on the wall with the brass screw and anchor. That’s it. So easy and fast and it looks great I think.
Photos of the finished hand towel ring
I love the look of the black walls with the leather and gold.
I also came up with a black version of the Ikea toilet paper holder. It’s perfect!
That’s it for today. My dad is in town and I’m not sure how much and how often I will blog. He hasn’t been here in 3 years and I want to enjoy my time with him. But on Wednesday I’m sharing some more bathroom photos.