Hey everybody, hope you had a lovely weekend. A few weeks ago we made an adorable, antique washboard from a coffee tin. We still had a piece of that tin can left over so this weekend we decided to make ourselves this little outhouse for our small bathroom.
It’s just big enough to hold a spare roll of toilet paper 😉
It’s really easy to make and you only need some basic tools and supplies.
What you Need to Make a Tin Can Outhouse
- Scrap bits of wood at least 12 cm wide (4 7/8”)
- A medium sized tin can
- Ice cream sticks and piece of hardboard
- Two small hinges and a metal clasp. Those tiny ones that people normally use to make a jewelry box
- A cheap chrome toilet paper holder (similar to this one)
- Screws, hand saw, metal file, wood glue and a protractor
Start off by determining the angle to cut the piece of wood. We used a piece of wood that was about 70 cm long and 12 cm wide so by measuring carefully all the bits were cut from the same piece.
When I first tried to figure out how to cut the wood, I just eye balled the angle and drew a line, until my bright spark of a daughter gave me a quick lesson in the basics of geometry. Don’t you just love it when your kids are more intelligent than what you are 😀 By cutting the wood at a 60 degree angle I would get two side pieces for the price of one cut and the pitch of the roof would be perfect.
Once everything has been cut you should end up with 2 side pieces measuring 26 cm (10 2/8”) on the longest side and a small bottom piece that’s 14.5 cm by 12 cm (5 7/8” x 4 7/8”).
Sand, distress or paint the pieces to fit your décor. We wanted to experiment a little so we used a crimped wire cap brush.
I really love how it really digs into the wood and chips away at the softer wood while leaving the harder wood exposed.
Putting the Outhouse Together
Add a little wood glue to the bottom piece and screw the two sides on. I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of that bit. My phone was stolen before I could download those. UGH, second time this year that happened. Anyhows, it should look a bit like a “U” when you’re done. Time to put on the roof 😀 Cut the tin can using tin snips to the right size. File away any sharp edges using long steady strokes. When you’re done screw the piece of tin can onto the the top of the “U”.
To make the door, cut a piece of hardboard that fits snuggly inside the “U” shape and glue on some ice cream sticks. Our ice cream stick were a little on the short side, so we measured the half way mark on the hardboard and cut the ice cream sticks accordingly. Just glue another ice cream stick over the joins to hide them.
We stained the door and then attached it to the outhouse using two small hinges and a clasp.
Add the toilet roll holder to the bottom of the outhouse and a few posters from The Graphics Fairy to the inside of the door. Loo paper also needs reading material right?!! 😉
I’d love to know what you think of the toilet paper outhouse. Does it work for you? Is it something you’d put in your bathroom?
Sending blessing and love as always.