Ballard Inspired Paper Holder

Hello IC friends!   I am feeling a tad better.   Thank you for those of you who sent me “get well” wishes. We are entering a crazy weekend though…we are watching 5 kids all weekend.   Some of you with 5 children are probably like, “oh geez, cry me a river.”   But for this mom of two, it will be crazy town.

So this is what I have been working on in between blowing my nose.


My original inspiration was this Junction Paper Holder from Ballard Designs.


Photo Credit: Ballard Designs

At a mere $159 it was about $142 out of my price range 🙂 Theirs is made of metal…mine is made out of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).   So this is how my vision came to fruition…

Supply List:

3/4” MDF board

1” Wood Screws

1/4” x 2” boards (2)

3/8” nut

two knobs

rescued shelf or some korbels and wood shelf



1” x 4” board

2 L brackets

7/8” dowel rod

Paper Roll from IKEA

Hook and Loop Tape

Gorilla Glue

Electric Drill

Various drill bits


Drywall screws (capable of holding 50 lbs)

I found two of these shelves laying curbside.   I really don’t know why someone would throw them away.   They really were in great condition. So being the Roadkill Rescue hero that I pride myself in I threw it in my car for that “someday” when it would be made into something fabulous.


Well the day came.   I first unscrewed the hangers from the back.


I went to Home Depot and purchased a piece of 3/4” MDF.   I think it was around $8.   I had them cut it down to 22 1/2” x 34”.

Using the same hole on the back of the shelf I measured and marked those holes onto the MDF and predrilled my holes.


Using a 7/8” drill bit I also drilled holes into the side of my curbside castaway.   This is where the dowel rod holding the paper roll will sit.


It is a perfect fit for a 7/8” dowel rod purchased at Home Depot as well.


I wanted a little shelf at the bottom to hold crayons so I cut a 1” x 4” board down to 22 1/2”.   I also cut two 1/4” thick x 2” boards to 22 1/2” in length for the paper stoppers.


I purchased some L brackets to hold the shelf and predrilled those holes as well.


I also had these little knobs from who knows what that I decided to use on the end of the dowel rod.   I secured hook and loop tape to one side (using Gorilla Glue) so that I could remove the knob when I needed to change out the paper.   And glued the other knob on the other end.


Then I primed and painted everything including the screws and four 3/8” nuts.   I used BIN Stain Blocker and Krylon Black spray paint.IMG_1275

Then I attached the shelf to the top of the MDF board.


Then I predrilled through the 1/4” x 2” x 22 1/2” boards. I used 1” wood screws and put a 3/8” nut between the boards to serve as a spacer so I could slide the paper underneath.


Attached the bottom shelf…


Slid the paper roll in place…


And added my hook and looped knob onto the other end…



Then using a level and some heavy duty drywall screws I attached her to the wall.


It hangs on the wall in between the playroom and the kitchen.


Then I let the little artists loose.


Work of art wouldn’t you say?


Then when they are done you just rip the sheet off and start over.   It is a much better storage spot for the rolls of paper rather than the top of my fridge. 🙂