Project Overview

Now you can always have your paper towel handy with this simple project. We’ll show you how to make your own stylish copper paper towel holder to help keep your kitchen tidy. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to smooth metal edges

When you cut metal with a hacksaw or an angle grinder, you are sometimes left with burrs on the face of the cut. A quick way to clean these up is to rub the metal along a hard, rough surface like a brick or a concrete slab. A metal file will do a better job, but this works well.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Draw the circle for the base
2 Cut out the base
3 Sandpaper the base
4 Drill the centre hole
5 Cut the copper pipe
6 Polish the copper pipe
7 Assemble the paper towel holder
  • Step 1. Draw the circle for the base

    To draw the perfect circle, hammer a nail into the form ply to use as a base. Tie a piece of string to it. Place builders chalk at the end of the string and pull it tight. Rotate the chalk around the nail and there’s your circle.

  • Step 2. Cut out the base

    Clamp the form ply to the benchtop to make sure that it’s secure. Put on your safety glasses and ear muffs. Following the line you drew with the builders chalk, use the jigsaw to cut out the circular base.

  • Step 3. Sandpaper the base

    Use sandpaper around the edge of the base to make it smooth and look good.

  • Step 4. Drill the centre hole

    Mark the spade bit to the depth you want to drill down to make sure you don’t drill too far. Clamp the base to the benchtop. Insert the spade bit into the hole left by the nail and drill out the centre hole.
  • Step 5. Cut the copper pipe

    Measure and mark the copper to the length you want. Firmly clamp the pipe cutter at the point where you want to cut the pipe. Turn the cutter around the pipe once and tighten it. Repeat this process until the pipe is cut.

  • Step 6. Polish the copper pipe

    To make sure your paper towel holder shines, use metal cleaner and a cloth to clean the copper pipe and the end before you assemble it.

  • Step 7. Assemble the paper towel holder

    Apply silicone into the hole in the base of the paper towel holder and also into the end cap. Place the end cap on the copper pipe. Insert the pipe into the hole at the centre of your base, making sure it’s straight. Let the silicone dry before you put paper towel on the holder.

Tools and Materials


  • Chalk
  • Clamps
  • Compass (or a hammer, nail and a piece of string)
  • Cordless drill
  • Spade bit that matches copper pipe size
  • Earmuffs
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Pipe cutter
  • Protractor
  • Safety glasses
  • Saw horses
  • Tape measure


  • Brass cleaner and cloth
  • Copper pipe and end cap
  • Form ply
  • Paper towel
  • Sandpaper
  • Silicone
  • String

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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