What do you do when you want sleek, modern hooks but can’t find them… especially for a decent price? You make your own modern DIY wooden hooks! These DIY wooden hooks are both sleek in design and budget-friendly.
This is exactly what we did for our recent outdoor shower makeover on a budget. With a fence surround, I knew I needed hooks for towels near the shower, and didn’t want to add more metal that could have a tendency to rust.
Plus, we had just about all of the material on-hand already.
I used the matte black outdoor spray paint that I had leftover from painting the base of our DIY grill table. I even had some left after using it for our outdoor painted tiles for the shower!
DIY Wooden Hooks
Materials Needed for DIY Wooden Hooks
- 2-in x 2-in x 8-ft Furring Strip
- Dowel Screws (one for each hook)
- Paint or stain, if desired
- Drywall anchors (if using hooks on drywall, one for each hook)
Tools Used for DIY Wooden Hooks
- Miter Saw (a hand or jigsaw will work if that’s what you have)
- Palm Sander (or sanding paper)
- Drill with a drill bit (you’ll need one slightly smaller than the dowel, this is the set we use)
- Tape Measure or Speed Square
We created these simple and easy DIY Wooden Hooks with a basic 2″ X 2″ furring strip. These come at JUST over $2 for an 8-foot piece! You guys, we can make a LOT of DIY wooden hooks with that.
If you are planning to stain instead of paint the wood, you can also opt for the 2″ x 2″ pine board, which is closer to $8 for an 8-foot piece, and still reasonable for this project!
I would definitely recommend using a miter saw to cut the 2″ X 2″ board down to size and at the 45-degree angle. We used our jigsaw because we were already out in the backyard with the babies (and the miter saw is set up in the garage), and while it worked just fine as well, I always feel the miter gives those cleaner cuts, especially for angles.
We’re giving the simple rundown below of how to make your own DIY Wooden Hooks, and I grabbed a little section of our Instagram stories that show it as well!
How to Make Modern DIY Wooden Hooks for $1 Each!
- Measure 4 inches on your 2×2 board and mark it with a pencil. Make a 45 degree cut with the miter saw, creating the long edge at 4 inches.
- Measure 4 inches from the long edge of the 45-degree angle on the 2×2 board, and make a straight cut at 4 inches.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have the number of hooks you need.
- Sand all the hooks to remove any rough edges.
- Stain or paint hooks to desired color.
- To drill a hole for the dowel screw in each hook, measure to the center of the angled side, so it will be in the same place on every hook. Double check the angle that the dowel screw will go into the hook by holding the hook against the wall, you’ll want it to sit flush against the wall once screwed in. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the dowel screw and predrill a hole that goes in straight (it might feel like a strange angle when drilling this hole, but you need the screw in the direction that allows the 45 degree angle to be flush against the wall).
- Using pliers, twist one side of the dowel screw in the predrilled hole on each hook.
- Measure and mark each spot where you want the hooks. If hanging the DIY wooden hooks on drywall, use the anchors first. If hanging the DIY wooden hooks on another material, like the wood fence ours are hanging on, predrill a hole first.
- Screw the end of the dowel screw that is sticking out of each hook into the predrilled holes or the wall anchors.
- Hang towels and enjoy!
Whether you want to make these simple wood hooks for a bathroom, entryway, mudroom, laundry room, kitchen… or an outdoor shower like we did, you’re sure to save a bundle over purchasing them. And with every DIY project, you’ll have the pride of making it yourself!
If you do make these DIY Wooden Hooks, I’d love to hear about it or see your photos! You can always tag me on social @TabithaBlue so we can celebrate with you!
Have you made DIY wooden hooks before? What project are you currently working on? Let me know in a comment below!
I built a gun cabinet for a guy and he wants a set of hooks put on it and I’m looking for a few ideas on how to do it!
Tools Specialist says
I was about to buy wooden hooks from a local shop, but I wasn’t sure if it’s sturdy enough to hold our heavy coats plus bags. Good thing I found this post because me and my partner love doing projects together! Thank you for this, especially for including the right dimensions.