DIY-STARRY DRAWER KNOBS | Easy to make and beautiful to have
Decorative knobs can enliven the plainest door or drawer. These DIY drawer knobs are made entirely from tissue paper pulp but are very strong when dry. A machine screws fixes (attaches) them to the drawer. They are simply finished with spirals of households string, and a touch of gold paint to emphasize their shape.
YOU WILL NEED
- Tissue Paper
- PVA (white) glue
- White emulsion (latex) paint
- Hairy (rough) string
- Gold acrylic paint( or any color of your choice)
- Container for PVA glue
- Wire rack
- Scrap wood
- A 50× 3mm (2 × ⅛ in) machine screw and 3 nuts for each knob fine-grade sandpaper
- Medium artist’s paintbrush
- Hand drill
Now, if you have got all the stuff together then let’s get started.
Loosely crumple a sheet of tissue paper into a ball and dip it into diluted PVA (white) glue until completely saturated.
Squeeze the excess glue from the paper and work it between your work hands for a few seconds, so that it breaks down and becomes pulpy.
To make each knob, hold a ball of pulp between your thumbs and fingers and flatten into a disc. Gently press the disc between your fingers until the paper is completely smooth. Place on a wire rack to dry slightly.
Tear small pieces of tissue paper and dip them into diluted PVA ( white) glue. Squeeze and roll them between finger and thumb to make pointed shapes. Press the points firmly into the edges of each disc. Leave to dry thoroughly on a wire rack.
STEP 5: (DIY-STARRY DRAWER KNOBS)
Cover the knobs with one layer of small paper-mâché strips. When dry, place on a piece of scrap wood and use a bradawl to make a hole in the center. Widen each hole with a pencil until a machine screw will fit into it.
Insert a screw through the middle of each knob and secure it in place with a matching nut. Cover the head of each screw with two layers of papier-mâché strips and leave the knob to dry.
Lightly sach each knob then prime with two coats of white emulsion (latex) paint, allowing the first coat to dry thoroughly before the second is added.
Spread a little undiluted PVA (white) glue in the middle of each knob and coil a length of string on it to make a decorative centre.
Paint the tips of the knob gold ( or any other color you like). Mark the center of each drawer. Clamp the drawer firmly and drill a hole. Wind a nut onto the machine-screw shank. Push the end of the shank through the hole in the drawer and add another nut. Tighten all the nuts.
Now when you complete these steps, you will have a nice drawer knob.