diy project: morgane’s drawer hangers

this fun diy project comes from berlin-based d*s reader (and molecular biologist!) morgane rouault. when she’s not busy with her job in research science, morgane like to draw, work with pottery and sew all sorts of craft projects. so i was thrilled to hear from her about this fun DIY project she recently finished- a wall hanger installation that uses boards designed to look like drawers (you could use real drawer fronts as well). morgane was kind enough to share her full project instructions with us, so i hope you’ll enjoy her project! thanks, morgane!

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump!

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what you need:

-recycled wood boards (you can use real drawer fronts if you have any around the house)
-wood saw
-wood paint
-glue for wood and paper (i used scenic accents glue for modelling)
-brushes (i used a small roll)
-nice handles (you can find them at anthropologie but they are expensive, i found mine at the mauer park flea market in berlin for 2 euros each)
-small metal saw
-nice and colorful gift wrap
-dremmel (can be substituted by a manual hole maker)


how to:

1. cut wood rectangles at the desired sizes (the size of my pieces spans from 15x7cm to about 30x25cm)

2. paint the best face of the wood rectangles (no need to paint the sides)


3. drill holes at the diameter of the screws from the handles in the middle line of your wood rectangles. choose which combination you will use for your faux drawer and drill holes in the two chosen wood rectangles using the exact same distance between the two holes.

4. the largest rectangle needs a little more work. in order to have your hanger really touching the wall, flat, you need the handles to be screwed and fixed inside. therefore you will have to drill half-way through the larger rectangle to be able to insert the bolt, and this with a larger drill. be careful not to drill to much. otherwise the handle will not hold the two wood rectangles together.

5. once the holes are made, verify that they are big enough.

6. you also need to make 2 more tiny holes on the back of the larger wood rectangle, to attach your faux drawer on the wall. those holes need to be slightly wider than the diameter of the head of your nails. now you need to work on the handles.

7. using a small metal saw. cut the handles at the same width as your 2 wood rectangles taken together. handles are ready.


8. it is time to decorate the sides of your drawer. i used leftover gift wrap from Kates Paperie. cut bands the size of the sides and glue them. you can also paint, or add ribbon…. let everything dry for few hours.


9. make holes in your wall

10. insert your hangers on the wall, you can arrange several of them, vertical, horizontal, long, large…

  1. Amy says:

    Fabulous idea!

  2. Rebeca says:

    Brilliant! What a great way to display all the pretty drawer pulls I drool over at Anthropologie. Can you tell me where to find the votive holder in the first (and second) photo?

  3. Lovely! The handles are beautiful as well as the arrangement on the wall! Perfect!

  4. Brenna says:

    What a cute idea!

  5. I LOVE this idea! Perfect for a kid’s bedroom or playroom.

  6. Christie says:

    this is wonderful!

  7. Oh I love the way those are arranged. Very creative!

  8. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Great project, but how did you attach them to the walls???

  9. suzanne says:

    okay, i am in love with this idea!

    i just might have to try it out in my soon-to-be craft room/studio

  10. I was JUST looking at knobs at Anthropologie for this very idea! It must be fate.

  11. vol25 says:

    this idea is SO cute, and comes at a great time. We just remodeled our kitchen and I have several drawer faces I can recycle. :)

    thanks for potsing this!

  12. Teri says:

    I was just thinking the same thing… Anthropologies for Knobs! Too adorable! This just may be the clever answer I was looking for on a blank wall that has been staring at me for an entire year! Thank you, thank you!!! Absolutely charming!

  13. these are awesome! i love the edges… thanks for sharing!!!

  14. I just refinished a dresser and had the old knobs. This project will be perfect for those extras. Thanks!

  15. yansy says:

    What a great idea. I’m loving the look. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  16. madesweet says:

    i love it! what a great idea!

  17. Loora says:

    Brilliant idea !!!

    I didn’t understand how you fix the boards to the wall. You don’t want it to move or come off; how do you do it ?

  18. Berthier Aurélie says:

    Ahhh toi et tes idées! En tout cas, j’aime bcp le concept, et la pointe de couleur sur les côtés!!! Je t’embrasse Morgane!

  19. hrhkat says:

    those look like the same knobs from anthropologie, I know this because I literally spent 20 minutes deciding if I should buy them and put them on all my kitchen cabinets…I bought 2 and still havent decided maybe I will use them as hooks instead!

  20. morgane says:

    thank you for you amazing comments!

    to answer the questions:

    – rebeca, i am sorry to tell you that i absolutely don’t remember where i bought the votive holder, it was very long ago.

    – kim from milwaukee, i attached the drawers by inserting them into nails that i fixed in the wall ( i have walls made of plaster which make it easy), therefore i had to make two tiny holes on the back of the drawer (as described in the instructions).

    thanks again

  21. Fem says:

    That is such a good idea! Now I’m mad I didn’t think of it haha ♥

  22. claire says:

    this is brilliant! so simple and practical. love it.

  23. Katie (Australia) says:

    Great! You have just helped me to decide what I will do with some lovely coral handles I found a few days ago. K

  24. Morgan says:

    LOOOOOVE this! I think I might attempt it in my baby’s room!

  25. Thanks for the inspirational images! This could be a great idea for the walls of our shop in Portland!!

  26. Roseanna says:

    Hobby Lobby is having a 50% off sale on some really great knobs!!! They are as nice and even better than those pricey Anthroplogie knobs. I bought a bunch.
    They have very large sizes as well. Door Knobs also.

  27. These are awesome! Definitely going to try this when I have a house someday!

  28. craftydill says:

    What a great idea… so simple. And I LOVE the blanket with the pompom trim!

  29. Jennifer says:

    Adorable! I’m still not clear on how you attach them to the walls. I understand that you cut the drawer pulls to exactly the width of the two pieces of wood put together. So they just screw into the wood. Now, what about the “drilling halfway through the larger rectangle?” Is that where the nail heads are inserted when they meet up with the nails in the wall? Thanks!

  30. morgane says:

    yes it is exactly right!

    then it is a little annoying to attach them, but once they are fixed they will not move.

  31. Brittany says:

    I made something almost exactly like this out of MDF board [cheap and lightweight] and i used those Command Strips to hang it up. [Medium size. about four per drawer] They have stuck up on the wall for several months, and no signs of coming down soon! They are very simple, and super easy, and they come off easily with no marks!

  32. Heather says:

    I am way overtired, and when I first read this, I thought you were talking about hooks to hang your ‘drawers’ on…drawers being a regionalism (or just my mom’s word) for underwear :P

  33. JBM says:

    My next project…thanks for posting!!!

  34. Bdyak says:

    Can’t begin to say how much I Love this !!!

  35. Christa Strang says:

    Painting the board the knobs are screwed into would make the knobs pop as well.


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