Creative DIY Drawer Pulls


I'm all for saving money by transforming cheap furniture--whether it's a mass-produced piece from Ikea or something found at a thrift store. And with dressers, hutches, cabinets, and desks, it's so easy to turn a "before" into a stunning "after" with some paint and cute new drawer pulls. But drawer pulls can get expensive, especially if you need a lot of them. I love the ones at Anthropologie, but you could easily spend $100 on knobs alone, which kind of defeats the purpose of a cheap piece of furniture! So I've gathered up some creative DIY drawer pulls that not only look adorable, but will keep you well within your budget.

Spraypaint toy animals to use as drawer pulls

Take some plastic toy animals (maybe you can find a bag of them while you're at the thrift store!), spray paint them, and turn them into knobs. So cute for a kid's room, or a quirky touch for any room.

Wooden animal puzzle pieces as drawer handles for a kid's dresser

Here's another take on the animal idea, and I think I love this one even more! Turn wooden puzzle pieces into  knobs...adorable!

Dino knobs

Aaaand one more animal one (they're just too cute!!) This one's for the boys--dinos!

Pom pom knobs | At Home in Love

These are actually little crochet covers for plain old knobs...but since I'm not a crocheter, I immediately thought of yarn pom poms and what darling drawer pulls they would be!

Drawer pulls made from wooden dowels cut into pieces + shrink film

These are made with wooden dowels cut into even pieces and shrink film. I think it would be cute to just paint the ends of the dowels too--or add whatever embellishment you like.

Leather strap drawer pull

Now here's one that's a bit more "grown-up"--chic and inexpensive drawer pulls made from a leather strap and roofing nails!

Fabric drawer pulls & other creative ideas | At Home in Love

Love this one too--strips of fabric tied into bows. This is especially perfect if you have two holes that aren't a common width apart.

Beaded drawer pull

A fun idea to add a pop of color--wire strung with brightly colored beads.

Rope makes a cute and inexpensive drawer pull

Last but not least, this idea is so simple, it's perfect. Just use knotted rope.

What's your favorite of these ideas? Have you made or seen any other creative, inexpensive drawer pulls?

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

    these are so awesome! love the animals!
    kw ladies in navy
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  2. Posted by Debbie on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

    All these are great! Love the crocheted cosies...HA! My favorite is the covered wooden dowel. What a great way to make a hook to hang purses etc!
  3. Posted by Carly on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

    Wow! I love these ideas. I went to Anthropologie the other day for inspiration (so pretty but so expensive). I'll be trying the leather strap and rope options and will be showing my sister the kids styles for my nephew.
    Thanks for the perfectly timed inspiration!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

      Yay! I'm glad it was good timing for you, and I'd love to see photos once you do it! Totally with you on Anthro...I go there a lot, but usually leave with just inspiration (not that that's a terrible thing).
  4. Posted by Renae on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

    I like the leather pull and the knotted rope the best! I do think the animal puzzle pieces is pretty cute idea for a kids room though.
  5. Posted by Suzanne on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


    How did you attach the knobs ? Thank you
  6. Posted by ashley on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

    Hi i was wondering if you could tell me where the wall paper in the first photo is from? I love the matching bright sheep! thanks!
  7. Posted by tammy on Saturday, December 6th, 2014

    why are the dinosaurs for boys?

    some interesting ideas, aside from the sexism.
  8. Posted by Francesca on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

    Where o where did the wallpaper come from?
  9. Posted by Taylor r on Monday, April 11th, 2016

    Where is the link from the first picture? I am dying to finding out how to buy the wallpaper in the picture with the neon sheep drawer pulls!