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5 Things to Make With a Dowel Rod

Let me explain my fascination with dowel rods, okay? Okay. They're inexpensive, they're utility players in so many ways, and they're easy to manipulate and craft with.  There are waaaay more ideas for dowel rod uses, but today I'm focusing on decor-type items instead of the more popular and practical uses.

The tutorials are in order of difficulty, with the most difficult tutorial finishing up the post at the end. And even then, it's a totally manageable project, but it does involve more energy and patience. Have a go and check out these ideas for yourself!

1.  J E W E L R Y   H A N G E R

Materials: 1 dowel rod, string, paint, paintbrush,  tape, s-hooks

Materials: 1 dowel rod, string, paint, paintbrush,  tape, s-hooks

STEPS: 

1. Wrap the tape around your dowel rod to tape off areas you don't want painted (if you want to add a pattern for a statement). If you want the whole dowel rod painted, no need for the tape.

2. Paint the dowel rod. Let it dry.

3. Fasten on the s-hooks.

4. Attach your string. I added "bows" on mine for a little extra zazzle. I don't know if zazzle is a word. It is now, yeah?

5. Hang your dowel rod in a bare place and let your jewelry decorate the wall. Balance out the jewelry on the s-hooks so the dowel rod doesn't hang crooked. 

EASY PEASY!


2.  D E C O R A T I V E   L E T T E R

Materials: at least 2 dowel rods (# depends on letter), hot glue, string

Materials: at least 2 dowel rods (# depends on letter), hot glue, string

STEPS:

1. Cut your dowel rods to size if needed. For the vertical lines on the H, I used the entire dowel rod. I cut the angled horizontal line to size.

2. Hot glue the top dowel rod to the bottom dowel rods. Let dry.

3. Wrap string/yarn around the corners. Not only will this secure the dowel rods in place, but it adds an extra aesthetic that the original letter is lacking.


3.  B A N N E R

Materials: canvas, 2 dowel rods, string, paint, paint brush, hot glue

Materials: canvas, 2 dowel rods, string, paint, paint brush, hot glue

STEPS:

1. Cut your canvas, leaving room to hot glue a loop around the dowel rods and to clean up the sides.

2. Hot glue the canvas and leave a "loop" to place your dowel through.

3. Paint your design. I want you to notice that my design is not perfect. This is your style, your DIY painting skills. No need to be Picasso Perfectionist here. Just make yourself happy.

4. Attach the string.

5. Hang. Enjoy! These are perfect for gallery walls, small nooks in bathrooms or hallways, or a simple touch to an office.


4.  C O A S T E R / T R I V E T

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CONFESSION: The picture above is not mine, nor is that my coaster! I tried my own DIY coaster with dowel rods and, honestly, I didn't love it. Instead of faking a tutorial, I want to pass on another tutorial HERE that gives you a great option to make a coaster/trivet. I like this tutorial both for its simplicity, design, and achievability. Go check it out!


5.  T E A   T O W E L   L A D D E R

Materials: 3 36" dowel rods (I used ones with 7/8" diameter), screws and power drill, wood stain/paint and applicator, hand saw, tape measurer

Materials: 3 36" dowel rods (I used ones with 7/8" diameter), screws and power drill, wood stain/paint and applicator, hand saw, tape measurer

STEPS:

1. Cut one of the dowel rods in half. These 2 new pieces will be used as the horizontal bars going across the ladder.

2. Measure the places where you would like to station your horizontal bars on the ladder. Make marking spots.

3. Screw in the horizontal bars in between each vertical bar. Since the dowel rods are thin, make sure to guide the screws straight in to prevent splintering the wood.

4. Once the ladder is pieced together, stain the wood a shade of your preference. If you don't like the style of stained wood, paint the ladder instead. Give time to dry.

5. Set up your ladder, hang some towels and things, and enjoy the work of your hands!


There you have it! Thanks for stopping by and checking out these tutorials! If you make your own dowel rod creation, comment below or share it on Instagram and tag @thecozykeep! I'd love to share your #cultivatecreativity habits with the world!  In the meantime, have a great week Cozy Keepers!

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