Recycle/Reuse: DIY drawer knob place cards

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In honor of earth week, we thought we’d show a cute project Jillian came up with using vintage/recycled cupboard drawer knobs. Reusing something for a different purpose than it was intended is always earth friendly!

When you’re pondering creative projects a trip to the flea market to can be super inspiring. Jillian spotted these glass knobs at the Brooklyn Flea and was instantly taken with them because they come with a hole in the center. Perfect for acting as a little stand for place cards or signs around your reception!

This project is super super easy. You will need:

Vintage glass or other drawer knobs (or anything you’d like to use as a stand)
Small wooden dowels to fit the hole in the center of the each knob

Jillian made a quick flag template in illustrator and printed it out. She gave each flag a brush of color and then cut them out. Next she cut the dowel into 4 inch pieces, then glued the wide end of each flag to one end of the dowel and stuck the other end into the knob.

If you find drawer knobs you like, remember that you can always haggle a bit for a deal when buying in bulk. If you don’t have a flea market close to you (or an architectural salvage shop), try Etsy and Ebay. Just remember that the knobs need to have a hole for the screw that goes all the way through. And of course there are all sorts of cute knobs out there made from materials other than glass.

Two bonuses: 1) you can purchase the knobs Jillian used for her project in our Marketplace right this moment! and 2) you can download Jillian’s little flag template right here.

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Erica Miller on Apr 20, 2011

brilliant idea! that jillian sure is onto something. and lovely photos, scott!

manvi @ mochatini on Apr 20, 2011

Fun idea! It would work great for smaller parties too. thanks!

Theresa on Apr 20, 2011

This is such a cute idea. I love the watercoloured flags!

The Memory Journalists on Apr 20, 2011

So adorable and truly original! Love it! Spreading it around. :o)

Kourtney on Apr 20, 2011

What a neat idea!

A Girl and A Camera Photography on Apr 20, 2011


jenn {bow tie & bustle} on Apr 20, 2011

Brilliant! Loving this!

Sarah (A Paper Proposal) on Apr 20, 2011

So pretty and totally clever! Thanks for sharing!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon on Apr 20, 2011

i love this idea - you can hardly tell that the flag stands are door knobs!

Alicia on Apr 20, 2011

Love this idea - so simple and a yearning excuse to buy vintage knobs!

nina {nina renee designs} on Apr 20, 2011


Anna on Apr 20, 2011

Wow! I love that idea!

Rock Paper Scissors Events on Apr 21, 2011

Seriously, so darn clever. Love it Jillian! xoxo, Ara

Shakkya on Apr 24, 2011

How these nicely crafted so impressive .Love it

Precious Occasions on Apr 25, 2011

Very cute and unique idea! Thanks for sharing.

Sally on Apr 26, 2011

How many glass knobs come in a jar? Are they random? What size are they? I'm looking for glass knobs to mount in my bathroom for towels, etc.

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