DIY Small Drawer Knobs

How to Make Small Drawer Knobs with Beads

I have this small cabinet I built using 1/2″ walnut plywood. I love walnut and that rich, dark brown. It is my favorite species! Anyway, this cabinet has six drawers that need knobs. Regular cabinet knobs would look huge on the small drawers. I figured the library-label type would be too expensive. So after a bit of thinking I decided on beads! Beads come in all shapes and sizes, and I was sure I could find something that would work… Follow along as I share how to make small drawer knobs with beads ~ it is so incredibly easy!

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The drawer knobs came out better than I expected and only took a few minutes. I found beads that were just what I was looking for – a large opening, sparkly, and in my favorite colors (turquoise and lime!). They are glass and came in a set so that I had enough for the project with a couple left over. I also purchased #6 x 3/4″ screws to attach the beads to the front of the drawers.

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I marked the center of each drawer, then inserted the screw into the hole in each bead. Make sure the screw is the right side for the hole in the bead!

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Screw the beads into the front of the drawer. Go slow with the drill – cranking the screws in will break the beads!

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That is it! It can’t get any easier, right? These knobs are perfect for small boxes or attached to a plain board to hang necklaces and earrings! Have any questions about how to make small drawer knobs with beads? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

  • LindySez

    Love this! It’s so pretty and unique.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Linda! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner… Though it is probably a good thing otherwise I would have beads on everything!

  • Oooh! Pretty! I love this idea and think these knobs would be perfect for my girls’ room.

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Jessica! I really love how they look and it was so easy! Next time I make a trip to the craft store, I wil be hoarding beads for knobs!

  • So pretty Cher…sharing this with my friends.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you very much, Elle! The look quite sparkly on the cabinet!

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