Sunday, December 25, 2011

How to make your own toilet paper shield

I've been really busy this couple of weeks and this is the only papercraft I have made. My father's 2 cats are currently living with us and they're always trying to destroy the toilet papers. I hastily made this about 2 weeks ago and realized I can't just give the template because the measurements may differ. And today I've finished making the tutorial on how to make your own toilet paper shields! Yey! If your toilet paper holder might have a different design, you might need to make some adjustments to the shield design.

The trouble makers! Mat(left) and Kim(right)

The picture below shows what the shield should look like with this type of toilet paper holder. As you can see, the cats had an opportunity to shred the toilet paper while I was making the shield. You can see the tutorial after the cut.

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 Measure the toilet paper and the rod in the holder as shown in the picture below. All important measurements have a label (ex. (L1), (D1), etc.). You don't need to model them, I made this in Sketchup for instructional purposes only.

Model the shield using your favorite 3d modeling tool. See the picture for a guide:

Export the model to a software extension compatible with Pepakura (ex. .dae). Change the scale so that the Height will be equal to (L1). You may also change the margins to make the model fit on one page.

Change Scale
Change margins

Edit: You can also just use a compass and a ruler.
a) Make a circle cut out a sector with angle greater than 90 and less than 180 (this will depend on how determined your cat in destroying your toilet paper). Draw the tabs at the arc of the sector and the small circle. You need two of these. Cut them and score the tab lines.
b) Cut a rectangle with length (L1) and width that is longer than the arc length. Glue the rectangle to the 2 sectors and cut the extra length of the rectangle. 

You can paint it then varnish the whole thing. I added clear adhesive tape around the holes to make it more rigid. 

For some reason you have the same type of holder (probably you also live in the Philippines) you may just download the template. Just leave a comment if you have any questions.

Template (A4) : Download


  1. I don't have cats but...I want to make this...because of reasons. >_>

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Nice. I'm surely going to make this. Thanks.
    Waiting for more of your works. ^_^