DIY Natural Stone Knobs

“A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories,” says master stone artist and environmentalist, Andy Goldsworthy . If you are like me, you pick up stones and rocks to remember places, to connect with nature and because you like the “feel” of stones. From almost every view inside and outside of my home, you can spy a cluster of stones or just a lone beauty here and there.

Stones have been used for many years for spiritual healing and for meditative purposes. Since stones come from the Earth, many believe their properties possess an abundance of powers from promoting good health to acquiring prosperity. Here’s a Care2 article about Healing Stones.

Do you collect stones? It is easy to make your own stone knobs for drawers or cabinets using the materials and technique below. The natural color and texture of the stones, along with the size of your drawer or cabinet door, will determine your unique one-of-a-kind knob.

DIY Natural Stone Knobs

Materials:

Rocks – beach, river

Drawer pull(s) – a small metal cylinder with a flat top surface – one that will withstand repeated stress pulling.

Glue – we used Gorilla Glue.

Coarse Sand Paper

What to do:

1. Collect rocks – select size and shape according to drawer or cabinet size.
2. Wash and dry thoroughly.
3. If the draw pull is smooth, sand the end of the drawer pull where it will be glued to the rock to roughen it up.
4. Sand the rock on the side that the drawer pull will attach to.
5. Glue the stone to the drawer pull.
6. Let dry and screw into drawer.

Ronnie Citron-Fink lives in New York with her husband, two children (when they come home to the nest), two dogs and a cat. Ronnie is a teacher and a writer. She has been a contributing writer for Family Fun magazine. She currently writes articles about education and home design. Her writings are in four books including Family Fun Home and Some Delights of the Hudson Valley.

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36 comments

Kathleen Cazander

Love these. Thanks

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Very cool! I did a sand stone dresser drawer that took me over a month to complete. Stunning results I might add!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

great ideas

Carole R.
Carole R.5 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Deb P.
Deb P.5 years ago

@ Ronnie Cintron-Fink,
Thank You for this blog. The stones as drawer pulls are novel.

Deb P.
Deb P.5 years ago

Reta P, Thank You for the reference to Lawless Hardware. I have been trying to figure out how to attach a fabric piece as a knob without gluing it over another surface. This is the perfect solution. Also, Lawless has drawer pulls for the same thing. Thanks A Million!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Reta P.
Reta P.5 years ago

You can purchase the knob stems really cheap The metal piece is called a knob stem, otherwise know as the shank portion of the knob. The only company I have come across that sells these is http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/knorpubasani.html

These are specifically made for anyone wanting to make their own cabinet knobs. They even make one that has a stem on top which is perfect for clay and wood applications.

Reta P.
Reta P.5 years ago

You can purchase the knob stems really cheap The metal piece is called a knob stem, otherwise know as the shank portion of the knob. The only company I have come across that sells these is http://www.dlawlesshardware.com/knorpubasani.html

These are specifically made for anyone wanting to make their own cabinet knobs. They even make one that has a stem on top which is perfect for clay and wood applications.