DIY: Glass Curtain Tiebacks

Doorknob Tieback

Today, I’m excited to share my very own DIY tutorial on doorknob curtain tiebacks! I chose to use vintage glass doorknobs since they have to be the most beautiful and timeless things ever! This is a great project to add a ton of class in just a few minutes, and it’s a blast to hunt for the perfect pair of doorknobs!

What You’ll Need:

First find the perfect pieces. Look for doorknobs at antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales. They tend to be hiding in boxes of tools or other hardware like hinges.

  • Scrap wood (I used a pine plank) — enough to make a 2″ x 2″ x 1″ block for each doorknob
  • 2 screws with wall anchor (1 for each doorknob)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Electric Drill

1. Cutting the Blocks

To start, use your scrap wood and cut a 2″ x 2″ square for each tieback that you plan on making.

2. Paint the Blocks

Next, you’re going to paint the blocks. I used paint left over from my walls and they blend in perfectly—you can’t even tell that the knobs are mounted to anything!

Painting Blocks

3. Drilling

Measure to the center of each block. Mark with a pencil. Using a drill bit, drill a hole through the entire block.

Drilling Wood Blocks

Drill screw into the block. Just before the screw is completely in, dab some gorilla glue around the edges. Screw the whole way in.

Wood Blocks for Tiebacks

4. And Now We Wait…

Find a place to prop your blocks so that they can stand up straight. This could be between two pieces of wood, or whatever you can find. Set the blocks so that the head of the screw is facing up.

Dab a little bit of water around the rim of the doorknob. Apply gorilla glue to the top of the screw and press the doorknob onto the wood block (centered over the screw). Wait for 2–3 hours.

Glass Tiebacks
Note: If your doorknobs still have all the hardware attached, you’ll simply unscrew the side screws and then unscrew the long post that sticks out from the back.

5. Installation Time!

Now them moment we’ve all been waiting for! Find the height you’d like to put your tiebacks at. I put mine about 42″ from the floor. Make sure that you’ll have enough clearance to twist the block into the wall without hitting the window molding. Press the screw into the wall to make a mark.

Drill a hole where you made a mark. Hammer or screw in an anchor.

Twist the knob into the anchor. Be sure to twist holding the wood block and not the door knob.

Glass Doorknob Tieback


Now it’s time to put the curtains up and drape them over the tiebacks. You probably won’t be able to stop staring…don’t worry, this is normal.

Doorknob Tieback

I’d love to see your take on my DIY! There’s so many options and beautiful pieces out there. Be sure to post your pictures on my Facebook page!

If this all seems to be a bit too much for you, hop on over to my Etsy store and send me a message for a custom order. It may take me a few weeks to find the perfect piece, but I’ll be happy to make a pair of these for you!

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  1. Thanks so much, just what I was looking for! Will send picture if we do make these! Thanks!

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