Upcycled Doorknob Photo Holders

I've got another cute Valentine idea to share with you today!

This one involves old door knobs!

Upcycled Doorknob Photo Holders

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To make these you will need:

I found several of these old doorknob sets in a free box at a garage sale a couple of years ago. I sold two sets when I had my spaces at the antique mall but I saved one set knowing that one day an awesome idea for them would come to mind!

Take them apart (save those other pieces for future projects!) 😉

For this project, you only need the actual doorknobs.

Spray them with a couple of coats of paint in the color of your choosing. I chose red and white for Valentine's Day.

Use a couple of pieces of dowel to fill the holes. You want them short enough so that they sit down a bit from the top of the hole

Squeeze a little E-6000 glue down in the hole and then push the dowel pieces in.

Once they are dry drill a small hole in the center of each one.

Next, we'll make the photo holder parts. Cut a piece of wire about 14" long and bend it into a U shape so the ends are even.

Move a little to the left of the U portion and bend the wire over something round. I found a paint bottle to be a perfect size.

Next, you'll create the little loop in the center of the heart that will hold your photo or Valentine.

Use a pen or pencil and bend the wire around it like so.

Now move over to the right of the small loop and bend the wire again around your round object.

You should end up with something like this.

Twist the ends together.

They do not need to be perfect, I think it gives them a little charm if they are off a little bit anyway!

Put some more glue on top of the dowel and push the end of your wire heart down into the hole you drilled.

Now comes the super fun part... embellishing them!!

I used some old seam binding tape.

I pick this stuff up at thrift shops and garage sales and then wash it to get this crinkly look.

I found these vintage bread tabs at a garage sale too. At the time I had no idea what I'd do with them but I just thought they were cool!

I chose pink and white ones. I am going to make the assumption that you probably don't have any vintage bread tabs lying around 😁but you can use new ones, they often come in red and white.

I used rubber stamps and Stayz on ink to stamp a little red heart and the word love. Stayz on ink does what it says... it stays on!!! like everything!!! It's pretty awesome!

Clip the bread tabs on the wire or ribbon and there you have it, super cute Valentine photo holders!

Use them to display favorite snapshots...

Or a special Valentine. This one was from my very first boyfriend... in 3rd grade! lol

What do you think?


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Lauren Zaubi said...

Well I just LOVE these (no pun intended!). I am pinning this - such a cute idea. Fantastic idea using the bread tabs for tags too.

anne in the kitchen said...

I love this! Now I have to run find me some old doorknobs!

Tania said...

Thank you so much Anne! I love them too and they were fun to make! They could be more generic too instead of just for Valentine's Day :) I hope you are able to find some old doorknobs. The link I used in the supply list is for Etsy, they have a lot of the old metal one's like I used for pretty inexpensive! If you have a Habitat Restore close by they might have some too!


Tania said...

Thanks Lauren and thank you for pinning!


Nancy Carroll said...

Those are so cute! Very creative!

Tania said...

Thanks Vikki! Yes, it's called seam binding tape but it just looks like ribbon to me! I love all the colors it comes in and when you wash it I just think it gives it a great look!


Vikki B said...

Such a cute, clever idea! I love that washed seam binding (I think it's seam binding) on anything. You come up with such good ideas.

Tania said...


VintageSouthernPicks said...

Totally adorable and inspiring! It's on my list to rummage around in my junk box now! Pinned

Tania said...

Thanks Florence!!


JoElle @ A Crafty Composition said...

Love these Tanya!! Thanks for all the fantastic project ideas.

Tania said...

Thanks JoElle!


Marie Blackburn said...

These are adorable Tanya!!!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

How sweet. I need to be on the look for old door knobs. To bad I threw them out when I replaced the doors in my house.

Tania said...

Thank you Marie!

Tania said...

Oh no!!! Even newer ones would work since they are painted!


Ginene Nagel said...

Now that is really a unique idea. I was wondering what to do with my glass door knobs, they don't have to be painted, I guess. I love this idea. For holding photographs, recipes, a favorite poem. Thank you!

Tania said...

Oh! Glass door knobs would make beautiful photo holders! I hope you'll give it a try!


Kerryanne @Shabby Art Boutique said...

Another fabulous up-cycle project Tania. I'm going to be on the lookout now for old doorknobs!
Thank you for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be pinning and featuring this project at today's party.

Tania said...

Thanks Kerryanne!

Linda Nelson said...

Super, super cute!

Tania said...


Deb said...

Veeeerrrryyyy cute ! I have several doorknobs I've been meaning to do this with. Can I ask what size and kind of wire did you use? thanks

Tania Pelletier said...

This comment is for Deb, I hope you see this because I can't reply to you since you are listed as a "no reply blogger" :(

I believe the wire is 22 gage and it's just a roll of wire that I got at the hardware store!


Deb said...

This is Deb. Yes I saw your answer. Thanks very much