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Monday, February 1, 2016

Custom Make Your Own Cabinet Knobs

Do you need drawer knobs for a project but haven’t found the right set? Sometimes a project just isn’t complete unless all of the parts “click” together! There is an easy way to customize your own drawer knobs for any project and here is how to do it…


Supplies:

29.75 mm Knob Base (available in Oil Rubbed Bronze or Satin Nickel)
Scrapbooking paper in a smallish pattern
Scissors
Mod Podge
Small sponge brush
Clear adhesive such as Stik n’ Seal , GO2 glue or Liquid Nails Perfect Glue


These customized drawer knobs are so easy to make: place one of the clear glass cabochons on the scrapbooking paper and trace around it. The cabochons will magnify the design by 1.5x, so a smaller design on the paper is perfect. Cut out the circle with a pair of scissors. 


Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the cabochon (the flat side) using the sponge brush. Position the scrapbooking paper circle printed side down on the Mod Podge. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles carefully so the paper does not get torn, and let dry thoroughly. Waiting overnight is the best bet!



Once the Mod Podge is dry, apply a coat of the clear adhesive to the top of the knob base. A small, disposable brush can be used to spread the adhesive evenly on the surface. A toothpick or cotton swab would work, as well. Press the cabochon (flat side down) on the knob base and wiggle it a little to create suction. This will create a bond that will help the cabochon stick to the knob base better. Let the drawer knob dry at least overnight.


Now the knob is ready to be used in any project! That was really easy, wasn’t it?

These customized knobs can be used in any project… They would be perfect as hangerson a wall, used on a cabinet door in the kitchen or bathroom, or as a fancy addition to a dresser or cabinet. The knobs can also be secured to tapered corks for use as bottle stoppers.

Instead of scrapbooking paper behind the cabochon, photocopied  or scanned and printed photographs can be used (don’t use the originals!). The photocopy or print will be cut and adhered to the back of the cabochon in the same manner as the scrapbooking paper. These personalized knobs would be perfect for a jewelry hanger, and would make a fabulous gift for anyone!

Other ideas in lieu of using the scrapbooking paper include magazine pages, wrapping paper, calendars printed on thin paper, old book pages, old sheet music, etc. Imagine a set of drawer knobs made with old dictionary pages using specific words such as kindness, love, peace or hope… That would be really awesome, especially since the cabochon acts as a magnifying glass!

The possibilities are endless to customize your own drawer knobs! There are so many ways to do it and create a stunning project that is uniquely personalized. They are really easy to make!

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