A Crafty Mix


From a Tin Can to an Outhouse – The Easy Way

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.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

A Tin Can Outhouse

It’s just big enough to hold a spare roll of toilet paper 😉

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

Extra Loo 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.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

A 60 degree angle

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.

Life without geometry is pointless 😀Click to Tweet

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”).

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

The Pieces

Sand, distress or paint the pieces to fit your décor. We wanted to experiment a little so we used a crimped wire cap brush.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

Distressing with a Wire 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”.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

Tin Can Roof

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.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

An Ice Cream Stick Door

We stained the door and then attached it to the outhouse using two small hinges and a clasp.

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial

Jewelry hinges and 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?!! 😉

This cute little outhouse was made using a large coffee tin and pallet off cuts. Super easy to follow tutorial #DIYHomedecor #DIYOuthouse #Bathroom #repurpose #Tincan

Something To Read?

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?

Don’t forget to pin it for later. Sharing is caring 😉

Sending blessing and love as always.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix




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  • Posted: September 23, 2017 14:24


    So cute and creative! I love your style.
    • Posted: September 24, 2017 04:52


      Thank you so much Joanna :D
  • Posted: July 19, 2017 02:18

    Treat and Trick

    This is brilliant and such a cool project! Thanks for sharing..
    • Posted: July 19, 2017 05:37


      Thank you so much Nora :D I really appreciate that
  • Posted: July 11, 2017 03:49

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, this is such a fun idea!! I love the outhouse toilet paper holder and that was a cute move putting reading material in there for the toilet paper. This is great!!
    • Posted: July 11, 2017 07:43


      Thanks so much Keri ;-)
  • Posted: July 10, 2017 20:03

    Elisha Fernandez

    That is so crafty! Goals and kudos to you... I would love this as decoration.
    • Posted: July 11, 2017 07:43


      Thank you Elisha :D
  • Posted: July 10, 2017 02:38

    Amy @ Chew Out Loud

    Love how you're repurposing items to reuse them and make something new. So creative and great resourcefulness!
    • Posted: July 10, 2017 15:05


      Thanks so much Amy :D
  • Posted: July 9, 2017 07:15


    This is super cute. It is beyond adorable for a cabin bathroom.
    • Posted: July 9, 2017 08:17


      Thanks so much Leanna :D
  • Posted: July 8, 2017 16:11

    Sadhna Grover

    Hi Michelle, I am learning a lot through your blog. This is a cool project, your creative ideas are always turning an unusable item into something that's a great and usable product.
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 16:22


      Thank you for that Sadhna, I really appreciate it. It's how I feel every time I looks at all the delicious recipes you post. You know I can't cook but I'm spending more and more time on cooking blogs trying to learn and yours is one of may favorites
  • Posted: July 8, 2017 15:58


    This is such a cute idea! I want to be able to use my husband's jigsaw so I can take on neat projects like this...love seeing all the things you come up with!
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 16:24


      Thank you Clair :D We just recently got ourselves a jigsaw and I love using it.
  • Posted: July 8, 2017 14:02


    Love its rustic charm Michelle! This is such an original idea!
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 16:25


      Thank you Maya :D
  • Posted: July 8, 2017 09:09

    Candy Rachelle

    How rustic and interesting! You always have some of the most creative DIYs! Too bad I'm not much of one!
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 10:24


      Thanks so much Candy. We're all so different, which is a good thing right ;-) My sense of style would never be as lovely as yours. Maybe we can swap notes one day?
  • Posted: July 8, 2017 07:00


    Your outhouse is so cool! It's like a tiny replica of a real one, I like how you re-used the tin can for the top. Thanks for sharing that 60º angle cut tip, now you will have me thinking all day why 60 instead of 45 to make just one cut and have symmetric pieces of wood. I used to love geometry when studying but can't remember enough because I end up eyeballing cuts when I'm too burned out
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 10:21


      LOL, Pili I'm also a bit of an eye baller at the best of times :D So glad you like the little outhouse though, thank you
  • Posted: July 7, 2017 16:23

    jodie filogomo

    This is perfect for a small bathroom!! Jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: July 8, 2017 06:27


      Thank you Jodie :D
  • Posted: July 7, 2017 10:16


    Another amazing project Michelle! This is so cute and looks rustic and is perfect for a toilet roll! Love how you always get these amazing ideas!
    • Posted: July 7, 2017 10:19


      Thank you Katrin, I'm glad you like it. Hope you're having a lovely time in Canada my friend, enjoy your holiday.
  • Posted: July 7, 2017 07:26

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This really is too cute - now I just need a rustic toilet to go with it!
    • Posted: July 7, 2017 09:56


      Yeah you're right, it wouldn't quite fit in a modern bathroom :D Thank you Sarah
  • Posted: July 6, 2017 16:34

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh this is so cute Michelle! You just never cease to amaze me with what you come up with. You can put things together that I never would of thought of putting together and then come up with the cutest things. Love the little poster you added for the Loo paper to read, lol.
    • Posted: July 7, 2017 06:16


      :D Thanks Linda. I've been wanting to use those posters from the Graphics Fairy for ages, and giving the loo paper some reading material sounded like a good idea :-)
  • Posted: July 5, 2017 20:59

    Angie ~ ambient wares

    This is just too awesome! I had no idea a toilet paper roll holder could be so darn cute and it has the perfect rustic touch to it. It's the cutest outhouse I ever did see. Love it, Michelle!
    • Posted: July 6, 2017 05:25


      :D Thank you Angie. I really enjoyed making the little outhouse. It was so easy to put together
  • Posted: July 5, 2017 16:18

    Gail @Purple Hues and Me

    This is so adorable, creative and unique, Michelle! And what a great conversational piece! Love it!
    • Posted: July 5, 2017 16:25


      Hey there Gail, thank you so much. I'm glad you like it
  • Posted: July 5, 2017 16:08

    Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    That has to be the most adorable TP roll EVER! Adding the reading material onto the inside of the door - perfect touch. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity, Michelle! My Dad would have been on this idea for the lake like a fly to an outhouse!
    • Posted: July 5, 2017 16:24


      Bwahahahahaha Marie. I love your comment :D
  • Posted: July 5, 2017 14:52

    Christina Makri

    You are so inventive Michelle. There was no way I could think of combining all these materials and having such result! Congratulations!!!
    • Posted: July 5, 2017 15:26


      Thanks so much Christina, hope you're feeling better and all settled in ;-)
  • Posted: July 4, 2017 16:30


    It certainly does work for me. Why I could hide in there and scare anyone who walks in. It is so big and pretty! You always come up with the cutest ideas. Kudos to your girl for teaching you a thing or two about geometry! I don't remember a thing!
    • Posted: July 5, 2017 07:45


      LOL Mary, I can just imagine someone's face if you try hiding in there :D I used to love geometry at school by it seems I can't remember the basics anymore;-)
  • Posted: July 3, 2017 21:38


    Gosh, this is super cute! It's so rustic and I love it! It's brilliant to house another roll of TP in there too. I will have to try and make one of these and soon!
    • Posted: July 4, 2017 06:16


      Awwww thanks so much Carolann. We needed something a little different for our small bathroom.

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