Crafty ways to make your own handles and knobs

Handles and knobs can be pricey, especially if you are looking for something different. There are many great ideas for making your own handles, knobs and drawer pulls that will cost practically nothing and finish off your furniture with a personal or quirky touch. Here are a few ideas for knobs and handles to get those creative juices flowing.


Using leather for handles has been a popular option for ages. A combination of leather straps and pine dowels allows you to make custom handles for any type of cabinet. Re-purpose an old leather belt into handles for a chest of drawers, or even kitchen cabinets. You will find everything else you need to make these leather dowel handles at your local Builders Warehouse.



Think again when pruning trees in the garden, Something as simple as a couple of birch branches can be used to craft unique handles for a cabinet.

This age-worn cabinet is finished off with a couple of old steel nails and some blocks of wood. Just goes to show that all you need is a little imagination!

Re-purposing children's toys into handles for cabinets is a wonderful way to add whimsical touches to children's furniture. A wooden toy train, wood blocks, and even plastic animals can be turned into knobs for drawers and doors.

Stamp your personal touch on cabinets and cupboards with vintage sterling silver spoons bent to shape.

All it takes is a little imagination and you can turn almost anything into a handle or knob for unique finishing touches for furniture... from copper pipe to antique padlocks!

Rope handles will always be a favourite. Cotton or jute rope is affordable enough to make handles for a wide range of rustic or cottage furniture, and there are so many ways to use rope for crafting your own handles.

Monkey knots make wonderful rope handles for cabinets and drawer pulls. You will find easy detailed instructions here for making money knots, as well as a variety of other decorative knots.

The next time you browse secondhand shops and auction sales, take a closer look at what's on offer. You never know... you might find that special 'item' that can be turned into 'something' for your home!

If you like working with air-dry clay, polymer clay or pottery, making your own drawer pulls and handles allows you to create custom designs for drawer knobs and door handles.