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Leather Paper Towel Holder

Here's a stylish solution for keeping paper towels handy. All you need to hang the roll from the wall are riveted straps of leather and a wooden dowel.




  • Awl or rotary punch
  • 2 pieces of natural-cowhide leather strap, each 20 by 1 3/8 inches
  • 1-inch dowel, cut to a 17-inch length
  • Rivet and setter
  • Drill and screws
  • Plastic wall anchor (optional)
  • Hammer and decorative brass nails
  • Diagram


  1. Step 1

    With awl and a mallet or rotary punch, make 5 small holes in leather strap as indicated on diagram. Repeat with other strap.

  2. Step 2

    Loop first strap in half, align holes (7 inches in from each end), and set rivet. Repeat for other strap.

  3. Step 3

    Hold looped strap to desired spot on wall. Peel back front layer of strap. With a pencil, mark wall through screw hole. Remove strap and predrill a hole in wall in marked location. (Set plastic wall anchor, if needed.) Repeat for other strap.

  4. Step 4

    Hammer nails through holes on both layers of leather. Repeat for other strap.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2014



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