A Dozen DIY Projects Featuring Wood Dowels

A Dozen DIY Projects Featuring Wood Dowels

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Carrie McBride
Mar 7, 2015

Wood dowels are one of the unsung heroes of the DIY world. They're not flashy, but you can dress them up as you wish. Super versatile and super affordable, you can use them in so many ways either as the star or supporting player. Here are twelve ideas to get your creative gears going:

Above: Large dowels painted and tied together with rope to form a coat rack. See more: Style by Emily Henderson

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(Image credit: June Bhongjan)

See any dowels here? June cut them down into legs for her "fauxdenza".

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Hung from a shelf, this dowel becomes a towel holder.

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Stained and paired with a plastic container to become a Mid-Century-inspired planter.

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(Image credit: Penny Carnival)

Here, it becomes a book/magazine sling.

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(Image credit: Design Milk)

Shelving, here holding shoes, could be made in different sizes and configurations.

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Paired with copper fittings to become a standing magazine sling.

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Turned into a baby play gym for these adorable twins.

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(Image credit: Ama Ryllis)

Dowels, plywood rounds and paint buckets for this pair of side tables.

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(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

Dowels play a central role holding up the shelves in this diy pegboard project.

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Painted, a dowel acts as a curtain rod (with ping pong ball finial!).

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With a fabric covering, large dowels form a child-size play teepee.

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