bird hooks thistlewood

Okay… totally random news that has absolutely nothing to do with hooks made from fruit crates…..but I let Friday pass without sharing it….

…..they have a new menu item at the county fair.

From the people who brought you funnel cakes and giant turkey drumsticks and caramel covered popcorn and bubble gum cotton candy (are you getting hungry yet)…..there’s a new county fair snack in town.

Deep-fried Doritos.

Ummm…..aren’t they missing something?

Hasn’t someone already come up with that idea?


Last time I ate one… was a fried corn tortilla chip.

And besides…..why waste your time and energy on Doritos……

….when there’s stacks of Oreos around. 🙂

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

fruit crate hooks

I made these hooks for the butler’s pantry out of the end of a fruit crate.

I know it’s simple.

I completely understand that I’m totally stating the obvious.  But….seriously…..can you think of the possibilities?

Pepsi crates and Coke crates and hometown crates and farmer’s market crates and on and on and on.  And each crate makes two sets of hooks.

All you need is that random crate you have sitting around in your attic or storage building or barn or basement…..the crate that has been waiting for a project.

Just like this one.

fruit crate hook

How to Make Fruit Crate Hooks

(so easy that if you blink you will miss the directions)

fruit crate

Start with some of these.

Take the two ends off the crate.  You know…..the pretty part.

With the fancy writing.

And a little faded and a couple of dents are a good thing.

metal hooks

Then find some knobs.

Like these.

bird hooks

Or like these.

I got both sets at Hobby Lobby.  They have the best selection of super-affordable knobs.

silver hooks diy

Then measure equal distance from the edges and drill a hole.

I did this myself.

It was easy.

The only challenging part was matching the right drill bit for the size of screw-on part of your knob.

how to make fruit crate hooks

Here’s what it looks on the flip side when you attach the nut to the back of the knob.

fruit crate hook diy

Then hang.

You can add picture hangers to the back to hang it.

Or you can nail it right into the wall.

Done. Done.  And done.


PS  The earlier reference to deep-fried Oreos is purely a theoretical one.

I only eat carrot sticks at the county fair.  🙂

trash-to-treasure-no-guest-host 2nd friday

And now here’s a few more Trash to Treasure ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.


How to Antique a Mirror

So Much Better With Age


DIY Sign

Rain On a Tin Roof


Framed Artwork to Chalkboard Project

AKA Designs

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.


  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    That's a pretty fancy idea -- I like the bird knob -- I'll have to check out our Hobby Lobby. You have the beautiful "Woods" scenery I get compensated by having Hobby Lobby three minutes away. The last time I was at the county fair I must have missed the carrot stick booth -- is at the beginning or end of the long line of fried, enriched foods?? :-)

  2. Image for Christine Christine

    Oh Karianne forget the decorating for just 2 Seconds and let's concentrate on hot fries with vinegar and salt at the fairs! ............... The end.

  3. Image for Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker

    They deep fry candy bars in Scotland :) I LOVE those bird hooks! Beautiful! I don't know for certain where they would go but I have an idea :) And now I want Doritos. . .

  4. Image for Gwen Gwen

    I just had to comment. I grew up close to Stockton and Lodi. My Dad had a cousin of his Dad's that lived in Stockton. She was older than my parents and always made the best lunch for all five of us kids and my parents, along with she and her husband. She used her expensive china, goblets of water, and silverware. After the clean up, this woman in her 60's happily had us all pile into her car. ( no seatbelt laws) to travel a short ways north and a bit east to Lodi. To a zoo!!! We kids had never been to one so Mooneys Grove seemed very grand although it was a tiny zoo. How happy are my memories of the visits to Stockton and Lodi. But times change. Stockton changed. I drove through it when my hubby was working in Sacto for a year. But beautiful UOP still stands--THE private university for pharmacy school! And the huge ships are unloading wares from China for Stocton is part of a delta--though inland, the deltas lead to the ocean. And so you, faraway in Kentucky probably have not seen the San Joaquin Valley or Central Valley of California where fruit, grapes and nuts are grown. It is a dry and thirsty land because we have not had snow in our tall Sierra Nevada Mountains. But just look at Stokton. Look at Lodi. Know a kid of nine to about twelve had some mighty happy times there and smile just for me. I love what you did with these treasures!!!

  5. Image for Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...

    the combination of spinny rides and fried- pre- fried quazzy food products just doesn't compute in my little brain. On the other hand… your adorable fruit crate project is something I can definitely see in my future! So cute! Have a wonderful oreo filled weekend!!

  6. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Ok I will admit I am really tired tonite, but when I started scanning your blog I was under the impression you made the little blue birds from the ends of fruitcake! You can understand my confusion, hopefully. I stopped, backed up and reread the article and realized...I am REALLY tired!

Comments are closed.