How to Make Unique WallHooks from Picture Frames and Vintage Doorknobs

picture frames with glass doorknobs mounted in each

We had a variety of old picture frames and doorknobs in our attic. I wanted to make unique wall hooks something that would be functional. I just love the variety of shapes and textures these old frames have. If you don’t have old picture frames, check out your local thrift store. I also think vintage doorknobs have such character.

Prepare Picture Frames

We removed the glass, staples, and other obstructions used to hold the glass or picture in place.

As a result, we had to glue some of the frames. We applied wood glue in each joint.

We used rubber bands to hold the frame together while the glue dried overnight.

Determine the Correct Size of Bolts

We went to Home Depot and determined we needed 3/8″ width and 1″ in length. (I am so thankful to Neal for helping me figure this out!)

Cut Plywood for Each Frame to Make Your Unique Wall Hooks

We purchased these small pieces (2×4) 15/32 plywood from Home Depot.

The next step was to measure each frame and cut the plywood to fit each frame. We used a table saw to cut the plywood. You can also use a jigsaw to cut the plywood.

Drill Holes in Plywood

First, we measured each piece of wood to determine the middle.

Next, we used two drill bits. This is a CRUCIAL step in making this work!

We used the 5/8″ Bosch drill bit to drill a recessed area for the head of the bolt to be countersunk in the back of the plywood. This will enable the plywood to be flat against the wall.

On the other side of the plywood (where we will glue the burlap), we used the DeWalt 3/8″ drill bit to drill the hole through the plywood.

The bolts we purchased were a little too long so we cut them with bolt cutters. This made threading the doorknob a little harder. If possible, it is better to get the correct length so you don’t have to cut each bolt.

Cover Each Board with Burlap

I cut rectangles out of burlap to fit each piece of plywood. Make sure the burlap is a few inches larger on all sides of the plywood.

I used Mod Podge to glue the burlap on the front side of each piece of plywood (not on the side where we drilled the larger hole for the head of the bolt to be countersunk–this is the backside). Also, I cut a hole in the burlap to correspond with the hole we drilled in the plywood.

I inserted the burlap covered plywood into each frame and trimmed the excess burlap from the back of each frame.

Insert Screw from the Backside of the Frame

I inserted the bolt in each hole and made sure the head of the bolt was countersunk in the back of the plywood (which is why using this bigger drill bit to carve out room for the bolt head is essential).

Now we are ready to attach our unique wall hooks that we made to the wall . . .

I wanted to hang three on one side and three on the other side of our gallery wall.

We used a torpedo level to ensure each frame is level on the wall.

We used small screws to attach the doorknob collar (technically called a rose) around the bolt. These screws were long enough to go through the collar (rose), the plywood, and actually attach the frame to the wall.

Screw Door Knobs on Bolts

We dabbed a little hot glue in each doorknob and then screwed each knob on each bolt.

Touch Up Screw Heads

I mixed brown and yellow acrylic paint to match the color of each door collar (rose) and then touched up the head of each screw with an artist brush.

These are the doorknob frames on one side of the gallery wall.

And these are the doorknob frames on the other side of the gallery wall

These hooks are not only super cute but are functional. Because we live on a lake, we use them to hang our beach towels to dry.

And here is the final result!

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Let me know if you have any questions or what you think about how we made our unique wall hooks by posting below.


  1. Samantha on 08/21/2020 at 10:32 AM

    Coolest idea ever!

  2. Vivian H on 08/21/2020 at 10:32 AM

    I love these!

  3. Cheryl on 08/21/2020 at 10:50 AM

    These are beautiful and practical! You guys amaze me!

  4. Nell on 08/22/2020 at 6:55 AM

    Love love love these!

  5. Bethany on 08/22/2020 at 9:18 AM

    Did you glue the frames on the wood?

    • Suzanne on 08/22/2020 at 9:21 AM

      I did not glue the frames to the wood. With the burlap wrapped around the wood, they are secure on the wall.
      Thanks for reading my blog!

  6. Malinda on 09/02/2020 at 7:12 PM

    Now these are just downright smart!

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  8. Kayla on 09/17/2020 at 6:09 PM

    These are precious!

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