DIY // Animal Knobs


DIY animal knobs | DIY animal knobs |

photos and tutorial by Aileen of At Home In Love

Every now and then we do a DIY project just for the kids. I say that only because if I made cat animal knobs for myself I would be deemed crazy cat lady (and not just because Brittni always says so), but if I had kids I could just blame it on them, right? Clearly I have all of my priorities straight.

Anyways, back on track, Aileen made these super cute DIY animal knobs inspired by Ferm Living’s animal hooks, that are as customizable as you could want them to be. Let the kids (cough, cough, or yourself) pick their favorite animal and the rest is wall hook history.


  • Wooden doll heads (I used two 2” doll heads and one 2.5” doll head)
  • Acrylic paint
  • A pencil
  • Double-ended screws
  • Optional: wine corks and straight pins

DIY animal knobs |

Decide how many animal hooks you want to make and pick out the animals to paint. I picked a seal, a panda, and a fox (three of my favorites!), but you could do just about anything. I think a pig would be adorable too. Buy the paint colors you’ll need for the animals you chose.

Next, paint each of the doll heads with a base coat. Since they have a hole in the bottom, I used this little trick to get them painted quickly: put a straight pin in a wine cork and then set the doll head on top of the pin. That way, you don’t have to worry about holding them carefully and getting paint on your fingers.  DIY animal knobs |

Wait for the base coat to dry fully. Then, take the doll heads off the pins and draw the outline of the animal faces with pencil.  DIY animal knobs |

Next, carefully paint the details of the animal faces. I used a pencil dipped in paint for the fine details like the mouths and eyes, to get a little more control.

Wait for the paint to dry again. Then, screw one end of the screws into each animal head, and the the other ends into the wall.

DIY animal knobs | DIY animal knobs | DIY animal knobs |


photos and tutorial by Aileen of At Home In Love

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24 thoughts on “DIY // Animal Knobs

  1. Jessica

    Those are very cute! <3 I can see myself making a whole bunch of these…of cats. Does that make me a crazy cat lady? Thanks to the both Aileen and yourself for such an awesome DIY tutorial.

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  3. Emma

    Stumbled on this from Pinterest– where is that bag from? I’ve been searching for one just like that.

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