Mum’s the Word!

The joys of découpage are endless. This little project combines our wooden hobby sticks (sort of like tongue depressors), acrylic paint and decorative paper.
Here’s a quick summary of the steps involved:
1. Prepare the wood surface. Glue two of the hobby sticks together and clamp them to cure overnight. The next day, use a file or sand paper to smooth the edges of the wood and remove any splinters.
2. Create the decorative paper. Trace the shape of the wood onto the paper and glue the paper on. Allow to dry for 20 minutes or so, then cut away the excess from the underside with a utility knife. From the front side, use an emery board or sandpaper to create a soft, decorative deckle edge on the paper. This also allows the paper’s edge to absorb the acrylic stain in Step 3.
3. Add color with paint. Mix acrylic paint with water to a thin consistency. (I like using a sponge applicator for the paint and again later, for the Mod Podge.) Stain the wood and the deckle edge of the paper. Two coats worked well for the paint color I used. Allow about 20 minutes for drying time between coats.
4. Finish the découpage piece. I applied four coats of Mod Podge, allowing 5 minutes or so between coats. Leave the finished pieces to dry for an hour or so.
5. Complete the hardware. Glue the découpage piece to the HobbyKnobs pull blank with E6000 or similar glue, in a well-ventilated area. Allow the pieces to cure for 24 hours before installing the pulls.

Découpage Heart Knob with Bird Design

My love of paper will never die. It’s an ongoing obsession, one that’s more crafty and socially acceptable than my interest in cardboard boxes. I blame my dad for that one.
Anyway, I found heart-shape craft wood pieces and immediately went to work with this jolly bird paper. I especially like the rustic edge I created with an emery board, filling away the excess paper and creating a white edge.

Before and After: Flea Market Dresser

Before (Boring!)

It all started at our lovely Seattle Fremont Sunday Market. It was drizzing and chilly. Wandering among the vendor booths, I saw this refurbished dresser. I liked the rustic charm of the matte paint. It cried out for some lovely, handmade knobs.

I took it home.

These circle knobs were created with paper (cut with my trusty Fiskars® adjustable circle cutter!), wood craft discs and HobbyKnobs circle knobs with Satin Nickel finish.

I glued them together, finished with Mod Podge® and installed them.

Tip – sometimes older furniture suffers from having had various sizes of hardware attached over the years. I used metal washers on the inside of the drawers to stabilize my knobs.

Decoupage Knob






After (Super Adorable!)

Kid Made: Layered Ducky Knobs


Project: Layered Ducky Knobs
Difficulty Level: Easy/Kid Made
Total Time: About 5 minutes for each knob, plus drying time 

My ten year-old daughter wanted to make some easy knobs with materials we found around the studio. These are adorable and she is happy with her creations!

Step One: Assemble Materials

- Glossy magazine pages with water images
- Duck and bubble stickers found at crafting store’s scrapbook department
- Wooden discs, both 1-1/2″ and 3/4″ sizes
- HobbyKnobs Circle knobs with Satin Nickel finish

Rubber Duck theme stickers


Step Two: Cut Paper for Background Layer

Cut circles from paper

She used the trusty circle cutter for these circular knob shapes.One could also trace around other shapes, glue, then cut the excess from the edges with a utility knife.

Step Three: Glue Paper to Wooden Discs

Apply glue sparingly to the underside of the paper cutout

We really like scrapbooker’s glue for adhering paper to the wooden craft discs. Allow them to dry completely before going on the the next step.

Step Four: Add Stickers 

Cute scrapbook stickers

These scrapbook stickers came as a set. The textures and images add dimension to the top layer of the knob decorations.

Step Five: Glue Decorations to Knob Blank

Craft glue is applied to the knob surface

We like Beacon’s Advanced Craft Glue for attaching the wood disc to the metal knob. Use enough to cover the surface, but be sure not to use too much so that it oozes out from between the disc and the knob surface. Allow to dry overnight.

Attaching wooden decoration to the circle knob

Ta - da! Cute knob for bathroom vanity

Decoupage cabinet knobs are crazy fun!

A few weeks ago, I purchased a Fiskars® adjustable circle cutter. It was a life changing moment! Circle cutting is a kick and it makes cutting paper for cabinet knobs so easy.

I wanted to create a set of 8 knobs and 2 pulls for a refinished child’s dresser. I purchased adorable wrapping paper and got to work.

With my trusty circle cutter, I made a lot of circles, both 1.5″ and .75″, to fit on the wooden discs I purchased previously. The plan was to decoupage the discs and then attach them to HobbyKnobs blanks.

Paper circle cutter

Paper circle cutouts

Wooden discs, HobbyKnob blanks and glue

Here you can see the wooden discs that I have been using with my HobbyKnobs blanks. They are the perfect size and proportion for what I had in mind for cabinet knobs. This type of double-ended glue is great. One side has a small applicator and the other end has a spongy, wider applicator.

wooden sticks and paper cut outs

These wooden, popsicle stick sort of crafts store thingies are perfect for HobbyKnobs pull blanks. I like them a bit more substantial feeling, so I glued two together first and clamped them to dry overnight. I traced the shape onto the paper and trimmed the edges after the glue dried.

Completed set of knobs and pulls for child's dresser

Vintage style key keeper

It’s so very satisfying to re-use something that might not otherwise have found its way into  my home. It’s hanging near the door, holding keys and other useful items. I adore the vintage-inspired bird paper.

To make something similar, you’ll need

- Found wooden peg hook board
- Decorative paper
- Four HobbyKnobs round knobs, Antique Bronze finish
- Variety of buttons
- Straight edge
- Utility knife
- Spray adhesive
- Spray finish
- E-6000® glue
- Four ¾” wooden discs
- # ­­­­16 or 11/64” drill bit
- Four 1” #8-32 screws
- Four large key rings

This project took about 30 minutes, plus the time to allow the glue and finish spray to dry.

This peg hook board was looking for a new home when I found it at a thrift shop. The cream color paint was a bit worn, making it perfect for the vintage style that I had in mind.


1. Remove the wooden pegs and clean the wood up a little.
2. Measure and cut a piece of decorative paper to fit the front of the board.
3. Attach the paper with spray adhesive and allow it to dry for an hour or so.
4. Turn the board over and use the utility knife to remove any paper hanging over the edges. Secure any edges or corners with a bit of glue. I used a little Mod Podge.
5. Lightly coat the paper with spray finish in a well ventilated area. I have a table in the garage set up so that I can open the garage door. I used a satin finish product. Allow to dry for several hours.

6. Drill holes in the center of the wooden discs. These act as washers to cover the larger holes left by the wooden pegs.
7. Using some buttons or other found objects, decorate the HobbyKnobs round knobs to act as hooks. I used buttons, stacking two or three to create contrasting textures and colors. Using E-6000®, I again went to the garage, opened the door and worked in a well ventilated area. Allow the glue to cure for 24 hours.

8. Attach the hooks to the front of the board with screws. Take photos and send them to your fans.