(crafting on a dime) knobby wall hooks

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We’ve been hit by the stomach bug here, so I haven’t been able to do much crafting…or eating…or sleeping. Thanks so much to Kate from Cheap Crafty Mama for stepping in today and guest blogging for my new Crafting On A Dime series. I’ll turn it over to Kate now as I crawl back to bed.

Hi! I’m Kate from cheapcraftymama.com. I’m so excited to get to be guest-posting here at The Crafty Nest because it is one of my favorite blogs to read and I feel like I have a lot in common with Vanessa! I love to create things (crafts, gifts, home decor, food, and kidcrafts) so I started my blog to share my passion for creating with others! I am a former decorative painter turned stay-at-home-mom and I absolutely love getting to spend every day with my 17 month old son (and I’m looking forward to welcoming another baby this summer!)

I don’t know about you but I am always drawn to the cool doorknobs I see at Hobby Lobby, antique stores, and Anthropologie and I’m always trying to think of ways to use them in my house. Well this winter I felt like I was always picking up my sons jackets that were laying around and as I was trying to think of a creative way to store them where they are easy to grab, so I decided this would be the perfect time to indulge my doorknob fetish! I picked out some adorable knobs from Hobby Lobby (and waited for them to go on sale for 1/2 off) and was able to make these wall hooks using other supplies I already had on hand!

I happened to have this gnarly old board I found in my in-laws barn that I thought would look perfect in my son’s “nature nursery”, but if you don’t have something like that you can use an old fence slat, piece of a shipping crate, or a piece of wood or molding from the “discards” bin at Lowes or Home Depot (ooh, molding would look cool!). It might need a little paint dry-brushed on and sanded if you want to go for the rustic look.


wooden board (0-$2)

3 knobs ($4.50)

wall anchor screws ($2)

Total Project Cost: $6.50-$8.50


Step 1: Use a ruler and pencil to draw evenly-spaced dots so you will know where to drill the holes.

Step 2: Using a 11/64″ drill bit, drill holes over the pencil marks (drilling all the way through the board).

Step 3: Depending on the thickness of your board and the length of the screws on your knobs, you may need to trim off the ends of the screws. I put the screws through the holes and used a marker to mark where they needed to be cut.
Step 4: Secure the screw in a vice-grip and use a hack-saw to trim off the end.

Step 5: Insert the knobs into the holes. Mine fit snugly and could be screwed in, but if they don’t fit tightly you can use some wood glue to hold them in place. Now it is ready to be hung on the wall!

Step 6: I used the wall anchors because there was not a stud in the right place in the wall to be able to screw into the stud. I used a screw-driver to install the plastic pieces (and a level to see where to put them), and then used the screw-driver to install the screws to attach it to the wall. I think it looks perfect in that blank space on the wall above where I painted our family dogs!
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3 Responses

  1. Vanessa Thanks for inviting our new friend Kate to your Blog. Love her idea. Simple & fun to do. 2 yrs ago I made for the outdoor use. I used water faucets etc, on them Thanks.

  2. I love this idea, but I’m not sure about being able to use a hacksaw without losing a finger. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.