croquet mallet hook project

I really need another patriotic holiday right now.

Any suggestions?

Bastille day?

Too french.

Amelia Earhart day?

Too much of a mystery.


I did read somewhere that August the 4th is National Coast Guard Day.

I think that will work.

I’m really not that picky and I love a branch of the service with the motto “Always prepared.”


And I need a patriotic celebration because I still have all this bunting hanging off the porch.

And it’s ummmm…..July 13.

Time for the bunting to retire.

Time for the bunting to join the Christmas garland in the attic.

Time for the porch to be officially bunting-less.


But you see……my husband has decided that he wants to be a card-carrying member of the bunting fan club.  It has become overly apparent that within his chest beats the heart of someone who believes that we all live in the land of the free and the home of the brave and that the second amendment guarantees every American citizen the right to hang bunting wherever and whenever they choose.

And really…..he is so cute.

And who am I to deny a man the right to a little bunting?


Especially a man who patiently sawed off the ends of croquet mallets to make hooks for the bathroom.

And to his credit….he didn’t even raise his eyebrows at me when I asked.

Or sigh.

Or tell me that he needed those mallets to play croquet.


Maybe he was distracted by all that bunting flowing in the breeze 🙂



Croquet Mallet Hook



croquet mallet

wooden board

white paint

double ended screw

distracted husband


croquet mallet


Step 1:  Saw off mallet approximately two inches from the end closest to top

Hand mallet to your husband.

Show him where it needs to be cut.


Tell him how cute he is.

Blog for 10 minutes until he returns from the workshop with the sawed off croquet mallets.



Step 2:  Cut wooden board 4″ x 5″ for base for hook

When your husband comes back in with the croquet mallets run to him and admire his work.

Say things like “How did you get this done so quickly” and “Have you ever cut croquet mallets before?” and my personal patriotic favorite “You are the best husband in America.”

Mention that you needed some 4″ x 5″ boards cut for the base.

Act surprised when he offers to cut them.


Tell him how cute he is.

Sit down and blog for 10 minutes while he cuts the boards in the workshop.




Step 3:  Screw double-ended screw into the block of wood


board project


Take the double-ended screw.

Style it on an old wooden box.

Take about 27 pictures of a screw on said old wooden box because you are fascinated with the juxtaposition of the screw against the dark wood.

Decide your next career move should include being a hardware photographer.


croquet mallet hook


Step 4:  Attach the mallet to the other end of the double sided screw

Drill a tiny hole in the end of the mallet.

Screw the mallet onto the screw until it is flush with the board.

vintage croquet


Step 5:  Repeat steps to make another hook and hang both on the wall

Hang croquet mallets in the upstairs bathroom next to the sailcloth shower curtain and the yard stick stool and the numbered pillow.


croquet mallet hook project


Pause for just a moment to admire your new hooks.

Start thinking of a project for the sticks that you cut off.


Realize that you have to put off that project for another day because you really don’t have a lot of time.  After all……


….National Coast Guard Day is right around the corner 🙂


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  1. Image for Erin Erin

    Adorable! And I love that your husband did it without questioning you or rolling his eyes. :) I say let him keep that bunting up until at least Columbus Day to show him your gratitude. ;)

  2. Image for judi judi

    and how did you know that i "needed" that hardware photography of a double ended screw to complete a project i was working on?! just yesterday i was sawing rolling pins in pieces to use in an upcoming vintage themed 90th birthday (my mom) party decor...and had to figure out how to reattach the two pieces together with something sandwiched between. i asked my dh if there was such a thing as a double ended screw and he said they have them at the hardware store. now i have a visual thanks to my railroad sign-polling, croquet hook-making, big vocabulary word-using buddy! (i love that word juxtaposition!) ps. i also love the croquet hooks! now i'm debating whether or not to start ripping apart the vintage set i grew up with (does that mean i'm vintage too?) thanks for another early morning smile to start my day.

  3. Image for Susan Susan

    I LOVE this idea! I collect old games, this is right up my alley... And the double screw thing... That is the best idea I've seen in a long time. I'm sure I could think of about a thousand uses for those! Thanks so much for all the inspiration KariAnne!! Susan

  4. Image for Anne Anne

    I heard there's a national cake eating day, I'd be up for that one!!! Nice project. You, however, are one exceptionally spoiled woman!!! (so happy you have someone to do your grunt work for you and you appreciate it as well. Give hubby another hug and kiss cause he really is the best!!) Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Image for Laura Laura

    What a great idea, although I do love to play croquet. You definitely can never have too many photos of a double headed screw and a board. :)

  6. Image for Kim Kim

    Such a cute idea. I looked at a vintage croquet set the other day in the cutest holder, but walked on by. Hmmmm, maybe I want them after all. Probably too late and sold I'm sure. Now I have seen rake ends as hooks and mallets.

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    There were unusual flashes of light appearing on my computer...then I clicked on your post and discovered was the flashes of light of the Pinterest Boards lighting up like an old telephone up and flashing because of the zillion pins that were going on...pinning that incredible mallet hook, pinning the double headed screw...! May I quote the very adorable Laura and say "so stinkin cute"!!! Yes, that Kelly is the bomb...the master of re-purpose..!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Image for Peggy Peggy

    OH this is perfect!! I need to make some to go on the deck of the swimming pool so that the skimmer will stay off the ground and towels could hung there as a bonus!! And in your husband's defense our next door neighbor puts their bunting up the Friday before Memorial Day and then takes it down just after Labor Day. She said not only is it patriotic but its a summer thing also which brought back memories of small towns in Nebraska where bunting was evident ALL summer long! I have to admit whenever I drive past an house with bunting it makes my heart swell with pride because I know that the occupants of that home believe in our country and support our armed forces which is truly a big deal when you have lived your ENTIRE life either as the dependent or spouse of a military member or actually serving in the military. So THANK YOU!! For being a proud support of our Armed Forces!!! :)

  9. Image for Judy Judy

    You are too funny girl! My dog is looking at me funny b'c I'm dying laughing and no one is in the room with me! I'm all for another patriotic holiday because I keep buying all this red, white & blue stuff on sale and want to put it out NOW. I got a pillow from World Market, saw a cute hand painted distressed flag yesterday (didn't buy it, might go back to get it), have lots of things "pinned" I didn't get around to I say let's all band together and keep that spirit going until at least Labor Day...then I'll be ready to get out stuff for Halloween! Cheers for the red, white & blue!

  10. Image for Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    I'm proud to be an American! Of course these are fabulous! Wet towels have never had it so good! With a cute, handy, willing, easily swayed by compliments husband, you can do anything! First croquet mallet hooks, next world domination! I'm calling the learning annex right now so I can pitch my repurposing class! Kelly

  11. Image for Maury @ Life on Mars Maury @ Life on Mars

    These are adorable!!! i love the little bit of color that it brings. OH and since Labor Day (or is it Memorial Day is coming up.... I really struggle with those two) you could just go with the bunting until this. You'll just have a patriotic summer. :-)

  12. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    That was hands-down the best tutorial I have ever read! I think that I even have all the supplies to make these, including a distracted husband. LOL! I really love them Kari and I'm pretty sure I can hear our croquet set trembling right now from fear of getting chopped up! Now, should we go ahead and schedule our "Double Ended Screw Photos" linky party? ;-) Vanessa

  13. Image for amy of four corners design amy of four corners design

    I have a couple of I know what to do with them...and I already have an idea of what to do with the cut-off handles...but I'll be doing all the cutting myself...since I have the tools and my southern man is a judge (as in, I don't work with my hands...!)

  14. Image for Kimberly from Serendipity Refined Kimberly from Serendipity Refined

    OH HOLY SMACKS! I LOVE those hooks! So much so, in fact, that I'm gonna have to find a croquet set of my own sometime between now and, Oh...say, Labor Day!? If not, I can always just go with the buntings, right?! And being the kind of girlfriend that I am, (I've got a lot of time on my hands now that I'm still in Facebook jail....there's only so much crocheting that one can do) I've got the solution for your sticks! You'll need 2 more mallet heads and one (or two if you're inclined) of the sawn off sticks. Make the hooks like you have done then, drill a hole in the sides of the heads (opposite each other) and insert the sticks.. Voila!, TOWEL BARS! Oh Wait....too "matchy"? xo

  15. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Dang, I like those. Good job, KariAnne and very cute husband. It is my birthday month, and I sincerely feel the entire month should be a national holiday.. Right? I knew you would agree. Every day is cause for celebration. So, feel free to use my birthday month as you please. And, I have a bunting guy in my house, too. He could hardly wait to hang it. In fact, he had it out two weeks early. But, it is down now, and returned to its place in the holiday closet.

  16. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Now this is the most clever use of an old croquet mallet I have ever seen! What a fun ... I want to say whimsical, but that is not the word. (Think, think...) 1020's chic... that's the word I am looking for. Very Great Gatsby, white clothes on a long lawn, Ralph Lauren ( in the most polo sense). And tell that sweet husband that National Bunting day can be a week or a month... and any one he choses!

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    Kari, You have done it AGAIN!! So cute and creative! Perfect in that bathroom too! Your hubby is awesome! (Mine can not be swayed to do such things with mere compliments!...You are clearly an expert! Maybe you should give a free online course to the less fortunate wives who don't yet possess the finely honed complimenting skills that can achieve these task related desired results.) Hee-hee. But seriously, I think the hubs deserves to look at that bunting hanging in the porch until it's time to put out the pumpkins, since he is so wonderful and cooperative! ;-) I too, will be pinning those mallets! Love ya to pieces! You are the idea QUEEN! xo-Lisa

  18. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Such a great idea...super cute! I think I have a better chance of being able to hang a towel on the croquet mallet than I do hitting a ball with one :)

  19. Image for Tori @ Recycled Life Interiors Tori @ Recycled Life Interiors

    Karianne, these are adorable! I was just talking to my daughter about us doing a makeover on our hall bath next week (Sooooo boring). You've inspired me to get going on a transformation plan. And in regard to your bunting... In about two weeks the Olympics begin... the perfect reason to have patriotic bunting for for a while longer. Go USA!!! And then it will be Labor Day a few weeks after that; so I'd say hubby's bunting will be right in keeping with these upcoming events. Your next task? How to make some adorable Olympic rings to go with all that bunting! And then photograph the heck out of them. :D So happy I got to meet you at Haven, and learn about your blog. It has brought me many smiles since.

  20. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    Dang, you're good girl. :-) With a super cute and cooperative husband. Mine just goes fishing. And off to watch the Blue Angels in Pensacola while I paint my dining room and get ready for my parents to arrive. *Sigh. At least he's handsome. And leaves me love notes. If only he would cut off mallets. :-)

  21. Image for Cindy Cindy

    That is a great looking, yet simple project! I love it, I love the looks of croquet mallets used in decorating, but this is the cutest way I've ever seen them used. Hugs, Cindy

  22. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    Now I had to read the start of this a couple of times because even though you wrote "croquet mallet" but silly old me I read "crochet mallet" yeah I know talk about silly Jo-Anne but after I got it I thought what a cool idea.................

  23. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    Those are totally cool and once again I love the way you wrote this post!! You really should write a book - if you haven't already. If you already have please tell me the title so I can run right out and buy it!!

  24. Image for anne anne

    That works!!!! Great idea :-) BTW our bunting is still out too.But it is part of our summer decor.It comes out on Memorial day and get's put away after Labor day. (((((Hugs)))))) Anne

  25. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    jOMG I just love coming here, your way with words always put a smile on this puss.......I have been away for awhile, vacay up in Maine, so nice..........and a birthday week-end, (getting into scary numbers, but the alternative stinks)...... So Hometalk do you need to be on FB, cuz I'm not but am on Twitter ???? Hope you are enjoying your summer, man is it hot but I so love it............I save all my complaints for our nasty Winters !!! All the best, Kathy :)

  26. Image for Kathy :) Kathy :)

    ps I leave my flag and bunting up the whole of July...........started a little something here.....many now do :) Kathy :)

  27. Image for Diane | An Extraordinary Day Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    I hail from Coast Guard City USA and let me tell you .... the celebration is BIG .... and worthy of patriotic bunting. Lots of it!! What a great feels sort of nautical...sort of Coast Guardish if I might say so. I love reading your blog Kerianne!! You have such a fun writing style! Now I'm off to check out this Kelly person you raved about. Yay to the red - white & blue!!

  28. Image for Katie Katie

    How did I miss this post!?!?!?! I just bought a vintage croquet set at a garage sale for C's vintage sports room. I was just going to hang a couple of the mallets on the wall, But hooks... this is GENIUS!!!!!!

  29. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Now that is perfect! Brilliant ideas flitting around in blogland, and love the wit and humour of your post. I think ours would make perfect coat racks! They are certainly strong enough for the heavy coats my husband wears. Saw you featured at The Cottage Market, and I'm now following you! Debbie :)

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