How To Make Cabinet Pulls On A Budget

If you have ever had to remodel a kitchen, especially the cabinets, you know how expensive just the cabinet pulls can be.  Any look that has an inkling of style will cost you a good amount and if you want something truly unique you can expect to pay a fortune. There is a solution! I’ll show you how to make cabinet pulls from just about anything for use on cabinets or furniture.

diy cabinet pulls on a budget

How To Make Cabinet Pulls

You can get super creative with what you put on your cabinets or furniture. And, how you attach the handles and knobs does not have to be traditional. All you need is something to grab onto and pull. You are only limited by your own imagination! Here are just a few ideas for you to get you inspired.

Get Rustic Using DIY Tree Branch Drawer Pulls

cabinet pull made from a branch

This end table makeover gets a unique rustic style with a branch that is easily made into a cabinet pull. You can either use straight branch pieces like this or go for something a little more curvy.

DIY twig drawer handles

SOURCE: Blue Fox Farm

A curvy tree branch cabinet handle gets secured with wire which adds to the rustic look. Just feed the wire through the existing drawer holes or drill your own.

Make Cabinet Pulls Out Of Leather

how to make cabinet pulls using leather

TUTORIAL: Remodelista

These great looking leather cabinet pulls were inspired by an expensive version priced at $20 each.  The pulls seen here were made for just $2 a piece and were simple to make with the easy to follow tutorial. The looped style is perfect for knob replacements.

how to make cabinet pulls - leather strips

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

Here is another idea to use for inspiration.  A strip of leather, with seamed edges, makes an elegant drawer pull.

How To Make Cabinet Pulls With Rope

how to make cabinet pulls using rope

SOURCE: CK and Nate

A rope cabinet pull with an industrial nut looks so warm, rustic and even nautical.  The tips given for the installation make the project easy and stress free.

Make Rustic Cabinet Pulls Using Rocks

how to make cabinet pulls using rocks

SOURCE: Made By Cynthia Rae

I have always been partial to the look of natural rock cabinet pulls.  Whether you decide to use your own collection of natural rocks, which is very budget friendly, or decide to purchase polished river rock, either one will look outstanding.

How To Make Cabinet Knobs Out Of Concrete

how to make cabinet pulls out of concrete

SOURCE: Plaster and Disaster

If you want the look of rock but a more uniform size, then just make your own knobs out of concrete! All you have to do is pour concrete into a form and let dry. A small muffin tin works great for making several knobs at once.

For more ideas on how to make cabinet pulls, check out these ten DIY cabinet knob ideas.

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Creating rustic styling on a budget by giving new life to old things and using the beauty that is already found in nature. Read more about me.
  1. This could not have come out at a better time for me. I really loved the leather type handles, and have access to many old bridles and belts. I also have a huge collection of sea shells that could substitute for rocks. All my cabinets and dressers need new hanles and my passions are both horses and beaches. The tutorial diagram will be put in use soon, but if this is not my “forever” house, which would you suggest? Just curious to get someone elses input on it.. I was thinking leather for cabinets b/c seashells may be to “customized” for my personal likes and not someone elses.

    1. Yes, leather may be more of a universal design that coordinates well with a variety of different styles. Unless you live on a beach, it’s probably a safer bet for resale. Good luck making the changes!

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