Asked on Nov 08, 2015

Glass door knobs

Karen Holsopple
by Karen Holsopple
I have 8 glass door knobs that I got at a yard sale for $1!! I couldn't pass them up. But what can I do with them????
  43 answers
  • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 08, 2015
    Oooops, 10 knobs!
  • MARY MARY on Nov 09, 2015
    sit them on window sills for the sun to shine through
  • Valerie Valerie on Nov 09, 2015
    If you need somewhere to hang coats etc in your entrance, they would be an ideal solution. Attach them to a piece of wood cut to a size that would work in the area, attach the knobs, and then attach the wood to the wall. Another idea would be to 'hoard' them until you find a 'diamond in the rough' chest of drawers and use them to replace the existing hardware. I wish I had them - they are beautiful!
  • Judy Judy on Nov 09, 2015
    If I had them I would be using them on my doors in my house....I really like them.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 09, 2015
  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Nov 09, 2015
    Mine were an heirloom, and this is what I did with them... I was going to hang clothes or towels on them, but I wanted to see the door knobs so I am currently hanging long necklaces and jewelry on it.
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  • Maggru1 Maggru1 on Nov 09, 2015
    Chas has a idea but use them in the bathroom to hang towels on.
  • Norma Curtis Norma Curtis on Nov 09, 2015
    I have a collection and I wasn't able to use them in my new home because it would have cost so much more to make them fit.
  • Becky Vaughn Becky Vaughn on Nov 09, 2015
    Coat rack, put magnets on and put on magnetic note board, key holder. Pet leash rack, replace knobs on small cabinet. One or two in shower to hang Scrubbies on. Oh I could go on and on
  • Elaine Elaine on Nov 09, 2015
    What a deal! At Canadian flea markets, they can sell for $20 each!! There's many uses; from the obvious, installing them on doors in your current home, or mounting them to aged pieces of wood to serve as coat racks or piling them in an interesting bowl for a coffee table vignette to displaying them under a cloche (glass bell jar) for another vignette idea.
  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 09, 2015
    Mount them on some distressed wood to hang scarfs on.
  • Ruth Villafane Ruth Villafane on Nov 09, 2015
    Get a long piece of clean & painted wood & hang your bracelets and necklaces
  • Kate Sullivan Kate Sullivan on Nov 09, 2015
    You could mount them on the walls to hold back your curtains. Or, cut down the mounting screws and attach them to kitchen/bathroom cabinets or a piece of beautiful furniture.
  • Sherry H. Sherry H. on Nov 09, 2015
    cut a piece of wood, paint a nice color. attach knobs and hang coats and such
  • Margo Margo on Nov 09, 2015
    How about using them as photo or business card holders. Just sit the knob on the glass part and attach a looped piece of wire into the metal part of the knob. Viola! A photo holder.
  • Inetia Inetia on Nov 09, 2015
    Display them in a large basket or glass bowl with white string lights and floral accents and ribbons to hide any parts of the knobs you don't want to be visible. Temporary storage till you find their true purpose.
  • Franci Gilbert Franci Gilbert on Nov 09, 2015
    Curtain rod end caps. Pulls for drawers or doors. Attach to a long board and hang jewelry or scarves.
  • Judy Clark Judy Clark on Nov 09, 2015
    Have you seen the fabric pumpkins made with the vintage knobs as the stem? Really cute.
  • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 09, 2015
    That's what I was thinking about doing. Just not sure if I want just a board or something fancier. Thank you so much though.
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Nov 09, 2015
    Mix them up w/ antique ones & scatter them thru out the house...A glass knob on 1 side & antique one on the other.
  • Regina Regina on Nov 09, 2015
    How about attaching some of them to a long board and using as a coat rack.
  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Nov 09, 2015
    I used them as finials for my drapes. One on each end. Looks unique!
  • Jordan Le Bouton Jordan Le Bouton on Nov 09, 2015
    Make a shelf to hang your towels on in the bathroom or for coats or hang pictures off them. They are beautiful.
    • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 10, 2015
      That's what I was thinking. I LOVE glass door knobs! Just looking for something unique to use them as.
  • Zhanna Zhanna on Nov 10, 2015
    I purchased different styles of glass knobs at Hobby Lobby and attached them every 4" or so to a piece of my baseboard (it's about 6" tall and is rather detailed) and then mounted it on the wall. Now I have a very unique place to hang my pajamas, robe, or whatever!
  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Nov 11, 2015
    that was a score ! I'd use them to hang anything on.. coats and hats by the door, hangers in the laundry room when folding laundry, necklaces and scarves in the bedroom, PJ and robes, You might want to also get a few of the small glass ones to mix in with.... If you come and go via a garage,, put one on a board with a cute sign.... saying DON"T FORGET, RETURN BY ----- ! RETURN to owner, DONATE,,,,,etc..
  • Penny Penny on Nov 11, 2015
    They look real pretty with three or five attached to a beautiful board and used for hanging jewelry, scarves etc. Good luck on your project!
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 18, 2015
    1st truly old Glass door knobs have a value as is, which is more then the dollar you paid. to add additional value if truly old, try this. place out in the direct sun light, in time they will change color or hue. his occurs because in old glass the sand had gold, silver copper or other trace minerals, he sand was not pure.With heat and sun light the glass changes color. so if they are really old, you have a real find and a money maker. do not do anything with them, they area true collectable and remodelers or restores of old property will pay highly for them
    • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 19, 2015
      @JOHNNY Oh I wish they were the 'old original' ones. Those were beautiful. These, I'm afraid, are much newer and I'm sure NOT made the way they used to. They're still clunky and weighty, but I still love them. Loved them as a kid, and still do 55 years later! lol
  • Holly Holly on Nov 18, 2015
    I've seen them repurposed as the ends on curtain rods and they look great!
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 19, 2015
    Karen, You may still try the sun trick and see, it all depends on the material make up of the sand used making the glass, if they turn, what ever you use them with it will enhance their beauty
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Nov 19, 2015
    Karen; suggestion make something a kin to a wind chime, use your own artic conjuring, but for your interior window, the sun light coming through the facet's of the glass door knob will refract the light and you will get rain bow streams into the home. test his 1st, again it depends on glass and facet's, new glass does work, it is in the facet cuts in he door knob glass.
  • Joan Joan on Nov 20, 2015
    If you still haven't figured out what you want to do with them, you could sell them to me for $2.00. LOL
    • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Nov 20, 2015
      @Joan haha, I would if I didn't love them so much! I may just put them in a bowl as a centerpiece!
  • Marva M Marva M on Nov 20, 2015
    I have seen the glass knobs attached to a painted board and used as a beautiful coat hook! Or, they could be used to hold bird houses in a tree close to a house window.
  • C Crow C Crow on Dec 06, 2015
    In a previous home I glued those screws that are threaded on both ends into the door knobs, then hung them on the wall and then hung tab-top curtains from them. Worked well and was cute. Sorry I have no photos.
  • Carol Carol on Jan 21, 2016
    Or you can use them as doorknobs in your ensuite or throughout your house. They are beautiful. A lucky find. You can use these on your doors. If you don't have enough use these on hall side of the doors and get plain ones for the inside of your doors. They would also make great walking stick tops. Or curtain rod finials or in the bathroom to hang towels from instead of towel bars. There must be a way to use them as faucet handles. The ideas are endless but whatever you use the for "first do no harm". They are too pretty to paint, try putting a piece of cellophane at the base of the knob to Dee if it shows through or add just the knobs to a simple chandelier do the light shines through. You can also use them as finials for big lamps. Or knobs for an entertainment center. Just google or search Pinterest for other ideas, but most of all enjoy them and post pictures. One more idea mount them on your fireplace at Christmas time to hang stockings on.
  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 21, 2016
    I will buy them from you!!
    • Karen Holsopple Karen Holsopple on Jan 22, 2016
      @Thank You Lulu If I don't end up using them, I will let you know! I've always LOVED these knobs! I bought them with no idea what I'd do with them. Most days I love just looking at them! lol
  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 22, 2016
    sounds good Karen!
  • Mionika Mionika on Mar 27, 2016
    Wow these are beautiful door knobs! Maybe you could make a hanger for jackets for the hallway or something similar?
  • Margie Margie Margie Margie Margie Margie on Mar 27, 2016
    I don't know. Maybe you could dip each 1 in colored modge podge, hang them up to dry, pile them in a clear glass bowl arranged with the knobs up and the part that would attach to the door down so they aren't showing. If it doesn't work out, the modge podge will wash off. If it's a translucent bowl, instead of clear, you can even hide some fairy lights in the bowl.
  • Kathryn Afterbuffalo Kathryn Afterbuffalo on Mar 28, 2016
    you could attach them to a nice painted board to use as a wall hanging, and then hang your necklaces on the doorknob. It would be beautiful! (several on a wall would really be pretty)
  • JOHNNY JOHNNY on Mar 28, 2016
  • Em Em on Dec 19, 2020

    Attach them to a board (at least 4-6 of them) and use them for a hall coat/hat rack.