DIY Knobs from Just About Anything with Dremel Micro

September 23, 2014Allison Murray
Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)


Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

I know that there is an awful lot of choice when it comes to knob and pull hardware these days. And yet, I often can’t find something flashy enough to suit my tastes. I think a fun bit of color or interesting shapes is great on a plain, old nightstand. It can make SUCH a difference.

And so I’ll look and look and never find what it is I’m looking for (even if I don’t even know what it is that I am looking for myself.) And one day I found some really, really awesome napkin rings on clearance shaped like owls. At first I freaked out saying “those are some freaking awesome knobs and imma get ’em!” But they weren’t knobs. They were napkin rings. Womp womp.

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When my Dremel Micro came in the mail it dawned on me that I could totally turn those napkin rings into knobs! But alas the owls were gone. BUT I found a bunch of other things to use and make my own pulls and I’ll show you how!

For this project you will need:

  • Napkin rings, fashion rings, or other item
  • Dremel Micro
  • Dremel cutting wheel, sanding band
  • Quick drying epoxy
  • cheap knobs (mine were only $1.27 apiece!)

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

So here is my ginormous, bedazzled star napkin ring. It’s metal and the ring is soldered onto the star. I can’t be having that ring so it will need to be removed. First, using a cutting wheel, trim away the bulk of the ring near the soldered area but not on the soldering just yet (you’ll break the blade because you won’t be able to get in there terribly well). Cut that big piece away… Oh, and be careful as the metal WILL GET HOT!

And on a side note I had previously had a Dremel tool but I wound up giving it to my father. I rarely used it because it seemed so big and bulky to me. It seemed such a waste to hang on to it when he could make better use of it. This Micro 8050 is so much to wield in my small hands because it’s a lot lighter. Plus there are LED lights that light up what you’re working on and the tool itself has a soft grip.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

… and then remove the small portion left behind away. No need to get it perfectly flush because we’re about to fix that.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Use your sanding band to smooth out the backside and the area where the soldering was attached. A flush surface is what you need, but you don’t have to go overboard sanding it down, either.

Oh, and did I mention that my Dremel is cordless? It’s got a docking station so you can keep it charged and that battery lasts a good long time before you need a recharge. It got through all of these knobs in this tutorial easily on a single charge! Plus it is compatible with all Dremel attachments. So if you already have a Dremel you can use those bits and pieces you’ve been collecting in this too, too!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

If the knobs you find are flat, you’re golden. Mine, however, were not. See how it’s concave in the middle? It could work to just smack that sucker directly on but with my luck it would be wonky.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Using a piece of scrap wood, drill a hole and attach your knob. I never would have thought of this… isn’t my dad a genius!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Go around and sand away bevels or designs as needed.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Mix your epoxy according to package directions…

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

And glue the knob onto the back of your “bling”.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Let the epoxy dry according to package directions before using.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Add to your cabinet doors or drawers and prepare to have the prettiest pieces around!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

You can use just about anything. Here we turned two napkin rings and one fashion ring (yeah, like for your finger!) into knobs…

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Repeat the process explained above.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

If your napkin ring face isn’t solid metal (like this one is a beaded wire mesh type of thing) use clamps to hold onto the knob and prevent you from gluing your hands to it!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

This knob is by far my favorite and we’re in the process of making more for my dresser! This drawer pull was made from a napkin ring on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond for $0.99!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Seriously… isn’t that just gorgeous? I’ve NEVER seen a drawer pull like this in all of my life!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

If you have any weird shapes that don’t sit well on your knob you’ll be gluing to, use the cutting wheel to make it the right shape!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Isn’t that perfect?!

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And that ring that was meant for my finger is a fabulous turquoise and gold knob.

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

Did I mention that I got this from one of those $1 jewelry store? And there were TONS to choose from!

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

You’re hooked, aren’t you? You totally want your own Dremel Micro 8050 don’t you? I am completely serious when I say that I love mine! If you want your own you can purchase the Micro 8050 online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $89 USD <— not bad, not bad at all.

Want even more inspirational ideas to knock out with a Dremel? For more information on Dremel products, projects and problem solving tips, head on over to www.dremel.com

Make drawer knobs out of practically anything with a Dremel (think rings and whatnot!)

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Comments (10)

  • Sheryl

    September 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    oh..nothing is safe now…I have a 5 speed dremel I have had for some years and it stays plugged in and hanging on the work bench….now you have inspired me to stop looking for the right knob and make the funky one of my choice..You are brilliant! Thank you ….Sheryl

  • Anna

    September 30, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    OMG my husband’s dremmel will never be safe again!!! I love this!

  • Janice

    October 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    By all means, show us the furniture you used these great pulls on, please!

    1. Allison Murray

      October 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Ha! I will be using some on my dresser but the wood shown was just a board for demonstration purposes only :)

  • Gale

    February 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    What is the piece of metal between the knob and the wood? That little round cylinder that the screw fits in to??
    Thanks, love this idea for lots of applications!

    1. Allison Murray

      March 1, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      That is a little metal cylinder that gives the knob some room away from the wood for your hand to fit so you can grab the knob :)

  • KeithBt

    March 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Found your site via Dremel junk mail I subscribe to & loved your ideas. The Wife is the creative one in the family, I’m just tech support & labor, so I sent over the link for her review. She loves it too!

    Brilliant simplicity

    We now have something else to keep an eye out for when we do the Thrift Store circuit, thank youse!!!

    1. Allison Murray

      March 15, 2015 at 9:18 AM

      I am so excited that you like the idea! Good luck finding your perfect “knobs”!

  • Annette

    June 25, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    When my Mom passed she left me with a lot …A LOT of stuff.
    Now I know how to use some of it to keep closer.
    Although see is never far from me.
    Thank You !!!

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