DIY Rustic Wood Drawer Pulls

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Have you ever noticed how crazy expensive drawer pulls are? For a super-simple concept, they can get really pricey. Before E was born, I found a $40 dresser on a buy/sell/trade Facebook group. It definitely needed some updating! We decided on a coat of paint, and new drawer pulls. Nate went to some relatively inexpensive home stores to buy new ones. He wanted something rustic for our little guy’s mountain nursery. But what he quickly realized was that at $5-$6 a piece, he would spend more on drawer pulls than the cost of the dresser! The solution? Turning a backyard branch into the perfect rustic wood drawer pulls. This was a simple DIY that cost us $0.

Natural Wood Drawer Pulls

A branch had fallen from our silver maple tree, and it sat waiting for its trip to the curb. At one point of the branch, the diameter was about 1 1/4 inches. This is the section that Nate used for drawer pulls. Using a saw, he sliced the branch into pieces about 3/4-inch thick.

This tree branch in our backyard would soon become drawer pulls. I think it looks a little like a hermit crab. Can you see it?

At this point, we didn’t seal our wood pieces because the bark isn’t very crumbly. But since every tree is different, you can use a sealant on these pretty little circles.

We took the screws off of the old, dated drawer pulls. If you have functional drawer pulls that just need an update, then this is the zero cost way to go. If not, you can buy the screws at a hardware store. The length and diameter of the screw does matter, so make sure to have an idea of the screw size before you tackle the Home Depot on a Saturday morning!

Reusing the hardware from our old drawer pulls made this project absolutely free!

According to the width of the screw, Nate drilled a little hole in the back of each wood piece. He secured the drawer pull with the screws, putting the darker colored wood pieces in the middle for a unified look.

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Finished Product

Now that E’s nursery has become our new baby’s nursery, the dresser got another update. It went from orange to gray. But those rustic drawer pulls still look SO GOOD! At first, we were concerned that they’d be difficult to grab because they don’t have a tapered shape like most drawer pulls. That hasn’t been a problem at all. The layer of bark outside helps us get a good grip.

The final product: a gray dresser with wood accents for our littlest guy’s room.

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Other Drawer Pull Ideas

I think that these are the easiest and simplest drawer pulls possible, but if they aren’t the look you’re going for, here are some other DIY drawer pull options.

Quartz drawer pulls from Building 25

Tree branch drawer pulls from Addicted to Decorating

Updated the hardware you already have with this post from Refresh Restyle

Inexpensive clay knobs from Delineate your Dwelling 


This quick upcycle has been a favorite in our home! Saving money and having a unique furniture update is a win-win! 



These rustic drawer pulls literally cost us nothing to make! All we needed was a branch from our backyard. See how to make these super simple, super inexpensive drawer pulls and give your furniture some character.

Turn that backyard tree branch into drawer pulls- saving you tons of money and adding lots of charm.



  • Mary Leigh October 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    These turned out so beautifully! They look really good!

    • leahbmartin October 4, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Thank you! It was such an easy project!

  • Carmen October 3, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Wow I love that idea. I don’t think I would have com up with that.

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Carmen!

  • Shelbi October 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    These are beautiful! We customized my daughters dresser with diy knobs also! Love customizing small things like that around the house to make it personal

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Oooh what kind of knobs did you all make? I love the little unique details like that, too!

  • Hannah October 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Oh these are so fun!

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you!

  • Vanessa October 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    These are very cute! and seem quite easy to make. Thanks for the tuto. I pinned it.

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! I’d love to hear how it goes if you make them!

  • Lauren October 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I absolutely love how this looks. I’m going to consider this when I redo my toddlers room! 🙂

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you, Lauren!

  • Nicole | The Professional Mom Project October 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    These are super cute! They would also be great for a cottage or country house.

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! They would be really cute with all sorts of decor!

  • Suz October 6, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    This is so genius! And I love love love the mountains in the background. I wish we didn’t live in a rental so I could do this in my daughters room.

    • leahbmartin October 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you, Suz! I’m glad my husband is artistic because I probably couldn’t have made those mountains!!

  • Lacy Ngo October 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I have so enjoyed your blog, and I would like to nominate you for the Leibster Award. You can check it out and get more details about what to do when you are nominated at

  • Macs November 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Gorgeous drawer. The mountain design in the wall is so cute. Thanks for sharing this idea and inspiration.


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