How To Make DIY Drawer Pulls from Just About Anything

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For the times that you just can't find that perfect drawer pull (or the times that you can, but don't feel like dishing out the $$), knowing how to make your own is a great skill to have. So round up the troops, (seriously, how cool would army people drawer pulls be!?), gather your supplies and get to work!

Plastic toys from the dollar store or thrift shop are great pieces to start with. The plastic is softer and very forgiving if you end up needing to take a few tries to get the hole drilled out. They are somewhat large for your basic door knob or drawer pull, but could work on the right piece. And um, they're $1 each.

To prove you can make door/drawer knobs out of anything, check out the Salt & Pepper shakers above. I had them hanging around forever and never used them because the pepper shaker's head was loose and didn't function properly. I glued the heads on to the bodies, followed the steps below, and bam! Totally cute, totally one of a kind knobs for my kitchen pantry!

What You Need


  • Plastic object (toy, button, jewelry, etc)
  • Gorilla glue
  • Hanger bolts, washers, and nuts
  • Spray paint


  • Drill


1. Determine which will be the backside of your knob and place a mark where you plan to drill the hole.

2. With the appropriate size drill bit, slowly drill into the piece. If you are working with a hard plastic, you might want to make a notch in the plastic with a smaller drill bit to help keep things on track once you get going.

3. After drilling the hole, paint your pieces.

4. Add a good amount of glue to the end of the bolt and begin to thread it into the piece.

5. Let the knob dry completely before attaching it to the drawer.

6. Hold the knob in place with a washer and nut.

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(Image credits: Ashley Poskin)