What are your thoughts on selfies?

You know.


Those pictures you take of yourself on social media.

People showing off new hairdos and working out and hiking and standing and sitting and smiling and wearing sunglasses or a new outfit…..

….all with a picture to document it.


Just between us?


I try so hard to look cute. Really. I do. But instead? Most of the time? I just end up looking awkward.

There’s always a classic moment. Like smiling with lipstick on my teeth.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

It’s probably for the best because truly? I think a picture always looks a little better with a friend by your side. And just in case you are looking for an easy, inexpensive handmade gift for the holidays…..

…..here’s a doorknob bottle stopper project for you and your bestie.

Doorknob Bottle Stopper Project

glass bottles that fit the size of a cork (these came from Target)

vintage doorknob




Step 1: find your doorknob

This is probably the most fun and the least challenging part of the project.

These doorknobs are EVERYWHERE.

You can find them at thrift stores and vintage shops and yardsales and your grandmother’s attic.

Find the cutest ones that you can. I like them a little dinged with a few colors and the original metal poking through.

Step 2: Insert your dowel

Some doorknobs come with a metal part at the end that you can just stick directly into the cork.

These didn’t.

They were just the doorknob with a hole.

We cut a tiny dowel and put glue on the end of it and inserted it into the hole.

After the glue dried, we screwed the doorknob screw through the hole into the dowel to hold it in place.

Step 3: Make a hole in your cork

Using the end of a screwdriver, twist it into the cork to make a hole.

Do this very gently.

The cork is relatively soft and the hole only needs to be big enough to insert the dowel rod into.

Step 4: glue dowel

Put glue on the end of the dowel and put it into the cork.

Let dry.

After it’s dry, you can add it to the top of your bottle.

And now your doorknob bottle stopper is ready to give to a friend.

You should wrap this and put it under the Christmas tree.

And when you give it to them and they open your adorable handmade gift?

Be sure and take a picture. 🙂

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    What a fabulous idea!!!!! I have some old doorknobs hanging around and am going to try it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    This is so cute, sometimes you are just so smart and cute, even with lipstick on your teeth. No i don't take selfies, i'm older, not cute anymore,maybe funny, not cute!!

  3. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I love this! I have a few doorknobs and various ideas for using them, but this is really cute! I ALWAYS look ridiculous in a selfie, even if I try to get others in it with me...oh well! I think I’m about 10 years too old for them anyway!

  4. Image for Darlene Darlene

    Not a fan of the selfies in new clothes. Would much rather see pictures of just what you posted. Houses and the decorating or crafts much more interesting. Love the the handles. Good job,

  5. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    Fun idea and useful!! Would love to give these as gifts 🥰. I’d love to get one 😛. Thanks and Happy Halloween 💀👻

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    You always have fun ideas. :) As for selfies ..... I rarely take them, but since I am the photographer on family trips, sometimes I will click a selfie just to prove I was along for the trip! I prefer to do them with my daughter--young faces lend themselves to that sort of thing much better than my middle aged face! And I can hide behind her to make myself look slimmer. Ha.

  7. Image for Claudia A. Claudia A.

    Girl I’m sure folks say , “Bless her heart” when they see me out. No matter how hard I try...therefore no selfies ever. Will definitely give this bottle stopper a try. The Hubs has a few door knobs that his Dad collected. Thank you for making them useful.

  8. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    This is so cute! I can see so many decor possibilities! Add to the vintage/thrift store hunting....charming patina doorknobs. Thanks KariAnne!

  9. Image for Dee Dee

    Very cute! 😄 You always come up with such adorable creative ideas, and this is a reuse recycle so it's even practical! Win-win!

  10. Image for Mary Watkins Mary Watkins

    You are so funny and RIGHT about the selfies. I agree with you for sure! (It just depresses me when I see myself in a picture!) So avoid them I tell myself! Love this idea! Old doorknobs are the best.

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