Nothing expresses the character of a home quite like its front door. The door leaves a stamp on a guest’s first impressions. But perhaps even more telling is the mounted knocker – a valuable focal point in its own right.
Nearly every culture in the world carries its traditions and regional variations on this functional detail. And the modern consumer’s options are wider and more expressive than ever!
There are different kinds: cast iron, stainless, brass – and then there’s the DIY kind. With a do-it-yourself door knocker, you get to choose your design.
These door knockers come in different shapes and sizes. We’ve seen elephant heads, angels, scorpions, frogs, an elf, and a whole lot more. That’s the best thing about making your own; your imagination is the only limit.
I came across a DIY woodpecker door knocker project from Gary Campbell and I thought it was adorable. I can imagine the little creatures drumming their heads fast on a piece of wood. With that image in mind, I think they’re well suited as door knockers.
So here’s a fun project that you can do to add a whimsical touch to your door. Or you can give them as gifts. Gather the needed tools and materials and go unleash the artist in you.
- 3/4″ thick piece of wood at least 6″ wide.
- 2″ x 2″ 14″ long or a 14″ tree branch 3″ to 4″ in diameter split in half.
- 1/8″ eyebolt
- 16″ of 1/8″ twine or rope
- 1″ diameter wood bead with a hole in the center
- paint (colors of your choice)
- staples big enough to go into the wood and over the twine
- long nail
- staple gun
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You can get one of these woodpecker door knockers at Rustic Workbench
If you want to build your own, you can get the step-by-step instructions here…
Here’s a quick video…