Door Knob Crafts

I have been to several flea markets and antique stores and have seen so many different door knobs for sale.  The beauty of the old glass knobs has me tempted to switch out all of our knobs at home but this wouldn’t be real practical and I have never seen a whole set of matching knobs anyway. Since I wouldn’t be switching out my knobs, it got me thinking about door knob crafts. There are lots of ways to use these knobs decoratively in a home. So, I came up with a collection of door knob crafts that would be fun to try.

Ideas For Door Knob Crafts

After seeing some of these ideas, you may want to start collecting vintage door knobs yourself! Whenever you can add something vintage to your home decorating, you get a sense of warmth and nostalgia. These ideas are perfect for a rustic or farmhouse style home.

Vintage Door Knob Photo Holder

vintage door knob photo holder

This vintage door knob came out of my husband’s grandparents home and I wanted to use it in a fun way. So, I turned it into a photo holder base. I simply looped heavy gauge florist wire through the screw hole of the knob and twisted it together with pliers to secure. While the wire was straight, I strung two vintage inspired keys through the wire so that they would rest at the base of the knob. Then, at the other end of the wire, I just formed a double round loop for holding photos or notes.

Make A Rustic Door Knob Jewelry Holder

door knob jewelry holder
TUTORIAL: Visibly Moved

I love the contrast of the pretty knobs against the weathered wood in this fun jewelry holder.  The decorative knobs make the perfect hangers for the glitzy necklaces. Hang this in a bedroom or bathroom for easy access.

Door Knob Wine Stoppers

diy door knob wine stopper
TUTORIAL: Glitter N Glued

If you happen to have wine left in your bottle and need a stopper, then a door knob serves a great second purpose for the job!  Just attach the knobs to a cork, add you have glamorous vintage topper for your wine bottle.

DIY Door Knob Hooks

old door knob coat rack
SOURCE: Knick Of Time

Use old door knobs in a rustic hanging rack. The rusty knob makes quite a statement against the rustic wood. Make this for anywhere in your house that you need to hang something. This is one of the most versatile door knob crafts.

Door Knob Pumpkin Patch

door knob crafts

TUTORIAL: How Does She

Here is a door knob craft that is perfect for Halloween!  This little pumpkin patch will add some festive decor to your holiday and the rest of the Fall season.

Door Knob Single Hooks


TUTORIAL: Keely Hart

Another wall hook idea with shiny glass knobs and a decorative wood back.

Make A Door Knob Vase

vintage door knob vases
SOURCE: Chipping With Charm

These little porcelain door knob vases with the book page flowers are so incredibly sweet. Just fill the knob opening with flower picks or handmade flowers like these. Old door knobs with a little hole work perfectly as tiny vases for those small flower arrangements that just don’t fit in the average sized vase.

Use Door Knobs For Curtain Tie Backs

door knob curtain tie backs

Door knobs make beautiful curtain tie backs.  Get the step by step instructions from HGTV!

Update A Dresser With Vintage Door Knobs

door knob dresser knobs
SOURCE: Lovely Etc.

Here is a fun way to add some glamour to a dresser.  These door knobs just screw right in for an easy makeover.

Door Knob Towel Holders

door knob towel holder
TUTORIAL: Refresh Living

Create chic towel holders with vintage glass door knobs. It’s a great way to add a touch of rustic chic to your bathroom.

Door Knob Bookend

door knob bookend
SOURCE: Poppy Petunia

This idea could be replicated by gluing, with E6000 craft glue, a vintage door knob to a painted or stained piece of wood that is either trimmed out or left plain.

If you like the idea of using vintage door knobs in your home decor, you may also be interested in ideas for making your own decorative knobs. See my post on DIY Knobs That Are Full Of Style.

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  1. could you please tell me how you attach the door knobs to the board, i have some and would like to try it

    1. Hi Joan,
      You need to drill holes into the wood and then screw the knobs in from behind the wood. If you click on the photo, you will get to the tutorial.
      Good luck with your project :)!

  2. Love the bud vase the bestest. I’d love to see more ideas with door knobs if you run across them.

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