I get asked how I make the fun little drawer pulls for my upcycled furniture. These add such a charming and fun touch to a project.
Making your own is simple, with a few tools, and a supply of dry roots or twigs.
These handles are made of a wiggly root, which I collected while wildcrafting - I knew that one day, I'd find a use for them.
Your other supplies are a bit of tie wire, a pair of needle nosed pliers to pull the wire through the holes, and a drill with a wood drill to drill extra holes if needed.
I also used a coping saw with a fine blade to cut the pieces of root, and some fine grade sandpaper to take off the burrs where it was cut. See the page on tools for twig craft for more.
Have a look at the pictures for how to do it - click on any one of them to open the gallery.
Hopefully that's clear enough to follow; the nice thing about rustic crafts is that they don't have to be perfect.
This will annoy some people who are more meticulous, but for those of us who like things a little more spontaneous, these are the perfect accent for a piece of upcycled furniture.
I've made more twiggy handles, a little different than these, using Amelanchier branches, a large wooden bead, and a tiny metal nut to give the right spacing.
My first try was the white chippy nightstand, where the handle is wired in place.
Here are the two different ideas; click to open the gallery and see a larger version.