I think my family is under the impression that I walk around with a grocery list and pen in my pocket at all times.
They are wrong.
If I had a dollar for every time someone tells me we need milk, or we’re almost out of toilet paper, or we need something, it would never occur to me we need, like popcorn seasoning …
I could afford to hire a personal shopper. 🙂
They should know me well enough to know that my memory is pretty lousy.
If it isn’t on a grocery list or doesn’t magically fall into my cart while I’m rushing through Walmart, I’m not gonna remember to buy it.
I’m lucky if I remember to put on real shoes and not go to the store wearing slippers!
So I decided to make it nice and easy for them to write it down on a wall-hung paper dispenser.
It was easy to make, and I love how it looks in my kitchen.
I’ve got the simple tutorial for you below.
Supplies: (includes affiliate links for your convenience)
flat metal bar (I don’t know what these are called, but they are by the rebar in home improvement stores – make sure to get a thin piece made of aluminum.)
pallet wood or other rustic wood
wood stain (I used Minwax Early American)
flat black spray paint
acrylic spray sealer
drywall screws (I use drywall screws because they are matte black in color, not silver like most screws, and they work well for most wood projects.)
- Cut 3 pallet wood boards about 20″ long and screw them together with 2 shorter pallet scraps.
- Stain the wood.
- Spray paint the cafe rod, rod hardware, and flat metal bar with black spray paint and let dry.
- Spray acrylic sealer on the cafe rod parts to protect it from getting scratched.
- Screw one of the rod hangers onto one of the vertical pallet pieces.
- Put the cafe rod in the hanger, then slide the masking paper over the rod.
- Pull the rod open as far as needed to position the paper between the two vertical pallet pieces.
- Put the other end of the rod on the other hanger and screw it in place on the other side.
- Attach D-ring hangers to the back and hang it up.
- Use tin snips to cut the metal bar to 14″ and drill holes in each side.
- Center the bar beneath the paper and screw it into the wall. The bar is used to tear the paper.
- Feed the paper through the bar, and it’s ready to use!
Of course, you don’t have to use it just to write a grocery list.
You can write fun messages or doodle on it too.
Vaya con Dios,