diy paper towel holder inspired by Viva® Towels


Like many style-minded home decor bloggers, having well-designed everyday products in my home is a luxury I couldn’t do without. When this product is something I not only use everyday, but keep in full view on my kitchen counters, it’s even more important that it be aesthetically pleasing.

That’s why I was thrilled (and you should be, too), when Viva® Brand teamed up with Hollywood actress and designer, Alyssa Milano to transform traditional paper towels into kitchen couture with the launch of the Alyssa Milano Signature Designs by Viva® Paper Towels. She created nine bold, new designs that are the envy of paper towels everywhere.

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When I came across these newly designed Viva® Signature Design Towels the other day, I knew they’d be the perfect complement to our newly designed kitchen. They inspired me to create an easy DIY paper towel holder, and I’m thrilled to share the tutorial with you all today!

What you need:
-1″ #6 screw
-#6 flat washer
– dessert plate
– decorative knob
– dowel (mine was 5/8″ wide)
Viva® Towels

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Step 1: Take your dowel, and cut it down to 13″. Using a ceramic drill bit (ours was 3/16″), drill a hole in the center of the plate. We did this while the plate was submerged in water to cut down on dust production and to keep the bit cool. Don’t forget to place a sponge or other item underneath your plate to protect your sink!

paper towel holder

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Step 2: Using a 3/32″ bit, drill a hole in one end of the dowel.

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Step 3: Using a screwdriver, attach the screw and washer to the dowel. Be sure not to over tighten the screw to prevent the plate from cracking.

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Step 4: Using a 5/16″ bit, drill a hole into the top end of the dowel. Shorten your knob, if needed, and insert the knob into the top of your paper towel holder, using hot glue to secure it down. One quick note about choosing a knob: make sure that the widest part of the knob is smaller than the inside of a roll of paper towels. This will ensure that you’ll easily be able to slip a roll of paper towels on and off it with ease.

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diy towel holder

And that’s it! A quick DIY that’s the perfect complement to my new Viva® Towels! If my countertops could talk, they’d thank me, I’m sure of it. :)

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Viva® Towels were also right at home on a tablescape I created for a dear friend’s adoption shower…

baby shower

baby shower

baby shower inspiration

Viva® Brand is launching the Kitchen Couture Contest on September 9, where five people will be awarded $1,000 towards making their dream kitchen a reality, by pinning items inspired by the nine Viva® Signature Design Towels. Official contest rules are available at!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


modern fall craft tutorials

fall crafts

I’ve compiled collections of my favorite Fall crafts in the past (as well as my favorite Halloween tutorials), but I wanted to create a collection of not just creative, but modern and on-trend, Fall tutorials to share with you all. There was so much to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to 35 of my favorites. Happy Crafting!


minted strawberry too


sparkle living


sprinkle of cinnamon




craftaholics anonymous


the crafty crow


say yes


encourage fashion


a simple pantry




hello wonderful


upcycled treasures


babble dabble do


anna maria

simple happenstance




one busy wahm




erin with ay


little white whale


little monster


visual meringue




play. party. pin.


tatertots & jello


confetti sunshine


say yes


positively splendid


north story


hey love designs


a joyful riot




homemade by carmona


a joyful riot




mod podge canvas photo display {a tutorial}

I found this colorful pack of tissue paper at Target a few weeks ago, and have been using it for all sorts of applications ever since. Finding an 8×10 canvas lying around my craft room, I decided to decoupage an easy photo display. Love how bright and colorful it is! Read on for the how-to…

This decoupage, DIY photo display is the perfect way to playfully and colorfully display a favorite photo. Make for yourself or as a gift!

  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Canvas
  • Foam Brush
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Tissue Paper
  • Washi Tape (optional)

Step 1: Gather your supplies and cut or tear your tissue paper into squares.

Step 2: Start mod podging your pieces of tissue paper onto your canvas. I worked in small sections, applying Mod Podge, adding the tissue paper, and moving to another section. Once a section was dry, I went back and added more Mod Podge and layered more tissue paper. There’s really no wrong way to go about this, just have fun creating your colorful canvas!


Almost there! Once dry, add 2-3 coats of Mod Podge, letting your canvas dry fully in between coats.

Step 3: For a little extra color and pattern, I added a length of washi tape around the sides of my canvas. If you’d rather, you can instead also cover the sides with Mod Podge and tissue paper.


Step 4: You can stop here if you’d like, and just use tape (or Mod Podge!) to attach a photo, but I wrapped my canvas with baker’s twine and tied it in the back. I can easily slip pictures in and out and change them up whenever the urge strikes.


And that’s it! Display on a shelf or wall, step back, and admire your new creation!

This decoupage, DIY photo display is the perfect way to playfully and colorfully display a favorite photo. Make for yourself or as a gift!

Have a lovely day!