Vintage Door Knobs to Paperweights

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Give old door knobs a second chance to shine by turning them in to...paperweights!
My local Thrift shop has a section for door knobs and furniture hardware, I found these AMAZING ones there for only $3 bucks!

I saw other vintage door knobs re-dones online as picture holders but I wanted to re invent the craft of "re-purposing" gems like this into something with a lot more "personality".
I used what I had (as always)...*Mini door knobs from IKEA
*Hot glue *Gold paint - *Shoe polish *Lace - *Twine... Pretty much anything that would add texture and character to my handles.
The rest if really easy... For my first paperweight I used twine to wrap it around one of my mini knobs...
To add more personality I paint it the wrapped mini knob with gold and then black shoe polish ink and this is how it turned out.
For my second paperweight I glue a small piece of lace onto the mini knob and a piece of plastic from a flower on top, that really added texture to this knob!!... the I paint it also with gold and shoe polishing ink.
the result was AMAZING!
My third mini knob was simply painted with gold and then washed with a little shoe polishing ink as well, I sanded the piece and it ended up looking really...old!
To attache the mini knob to the vintage knob I used the same technique for all... I filled up the cavity on the vintage knob with hot glue and then I placed the mini knob with a screw attached to it, when the glue cools off, the knobs become pretty attached to each other.
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  • Pam Pam on Jan 15, 2018
    Love this idea, I have several knobs that each have a sentiment or story to them. This is perfect to display and get the conversation going. Thanks for sharing

  • Wandawoman Wandawoman on Sep 01, 2020

    Wonderful, I love this idea. They will make unique Christmas gifts!