DIY Towel Hooks

Hey there!  We hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your families!  We had to move our annual Easter egg hunt indoors because we were hit with flash floods all day but that didn’t put a damper on our hunt!  We even got a very forced picture of the youngest generation in the family!  17 little munchkins hunting for eggs in one house….you can imagine how crazy that was;)

Amidst the craziness, I managed to squeeze in a quick project that I have actually been needing badly!


We don’t have a spot in our master bath for hand towels and I don’t like having them lay on the counter.  They don’t dry well and they just look so cute hanging;)  I saw this as an opportunity to shanty something up and here’s how I made two for $10!

I started with a 1×4 furring strip (about $1.50 at your local hardware store).  If you have scraps that’s great and it will save you a little dough.  I cut 8 pieces at 8.5″.

I used my pal Kreg to attach the pieces together.  If you don’t have one, you can nail 1×2’s from the back but they will sit further out from the wall.

Just a pic of the pocket holes.

After I attached the boards together (4 boards each) I sanded them down on the edges and the front.

 I then followed up with one coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain🙂

I chose these little silver hooks that I purchased at Lowe’s for about $3.50 each.  I attached them at the top of the second board from the bottom.

Now for a little fun:)

I have this Waverly fabric left over, from my master bedroom, that I love!  I decided to tie it into my bathroom with a few flat-rolled rosettes.  You can click HERE for the tutorial:)

I just hot glued them onto each board and added a couple of hand towels:)


This project will take you about an hour and cost you about $10 for 2!  That’s my kind of project:)  If you love it, I would LOVE pins below:)  Thanks so much and have a great week!  ~Ashley

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  1. Holly Anne Carmona Noak on December 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    How did you attach them to the wall? Mine turned out great, but not sure how to hang them.

  2. Angela on December 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    My pic. Though it will not rotate

  3. Angela on December 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I was looking for something to hang my hand towels that I could build myself. I’m not so “crafty” so my flower did not come out perfect and I decided to do only one but it still looks awesome! Thanks!!

  4. Toni on October 11, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Love these! Also, can you tell me the color of your bathroom? Obsessed!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Thank you, Toni! It’s actually a color match to some
      fabric I had. I don’t have the code anymore 🙁

  5. Kristi Blackstone on May 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Creative and useful project! Love it and thanks for sharing, I’m going to try to make these but a little different due to supplies so hopefully they’ll turn out.

  6. Ericka on April 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

    i love this!!! I finally got the hubby to go with me and guide me through Home Depot and Lowes!! it was as exciting as me been in a MAC makeup store!! I am actually working on 2 of your projects now, the towel holders and the Ipad Display!! thank you so much for this ideas i never knew i could use this as an outlet for me!

  7. Arwen Lott on March 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I have a pocket hole jig and am wondering what length screws you used? Silly question and I assume 1″ but thought I’d ask anyways!

  8. Julie on March 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Going to makes these!! Love them!!

  9. Karina on December 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Do you think this would be strong enough to hold regular towels?

  10. Simanta Ben-Ezra on October 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    This may be random, but I’m looking for a paint color for my master bathroom, and I love that color…do you remember which paint color that is?!

    Can’t wait to do this project to hold my towels! 🙂

  11. Jenni on October 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Love love!! Do you think gorilla wood glue would be strong enough to hold the pieces together?? Don’t have a kreg and really don’t want it sitting off the wall.

    • Sharon AndJohn McKenzie on February 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I’ve tried doing just a wall hanging with the furring strips using gorilla glue and it didn’t hold up. We went back and stapled a super thin layer of wood going straight down the back to give it more stablity.

  12. klesko on September 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Can you tell me what size kreg pocket screws you used? One inch course? Cannot wait to make these! Thank you.

    • Shanty2Chic on September 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Yes I used 1″ course:))

      Sent from my iPad

  13. Linz on July 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    hey! I love that vase….where is it from?? I might just have to fancy up my towel holders now!

  14. Noreen on May 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    These are beautiful, I have a wooden pallet that I am going to tackle to make one of these! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  15. beth on May 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    love it, but i don’t understand how the boards are connected. can you explain that? 😉

  16. Anna on April 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Love these hooks! Adding the flowers was a great touch. I did something a little similar for my bathrobe ( I don’t have room for flowers on my background but its something to keep in mind for another project!

  17. Lin on April 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Oh so cute! I love that they are not the same old towel holders found in everyone’s bath. Great job!

  18. Loriann Colon on April 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    What did you use to attach the boards together? This is an awesome idea. I have the same problem in my downstairs bathroom. I also love the finishing touch 🙂

  19. Sharie on April 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Love it!!!! What color of paint is that in your bathroom?

    • Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thank you Sharie! It is a custom match that I had made to match that fabric:)

  20. Niki Blake on April 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    YOu girls never fail. 🙂 Another good one. I have pinned you guys so much I think people are over it but I love the shanty girls! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

      Thanks so much Niki and we LOVE your pins;) Thank you!

  21. Marey on April 9, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Exactly what I would expect to see in a designer home’s bathroom… Thanks for the easy-breezy instructions on how to recreate the look for ourselves. This is great!

  22. Megan on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I LOVE YOUR HOUSE! Every room is just beautiful…
    I’m so jealous! And I will definitely be making these one day 🙂

  23. Jessica on April 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I love the look in your bathroom! I’m planning on remodeling our master bathroom soon to have a wood tone, organic, sea breeze kind of feel to it… if that makes any sense 🙂 This would fit PERFECTLY in that and looks much cuter than towel rings 🙂

    On a side note… do you remember/know where the wall light fixture came from? We’re looking to replace our ugly brass hollywood lights (haha!) and that’s VERY similar to what I’m looking for!

  24. on April 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Love this! One of the coolest things about decorating to me is taking what is “expected” to be there…a.k.a the same old towel holder and changing it up!

    • Ashley on April 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Jess! I agree, I love to add a little character all over the house;)

  25. Neisa on April 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Very pretty, I love the simplicity.

    • Ashley on April 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much Neisa!

  26. liana on April 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    How did you attach to the wall?

    • Ashley on April 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Hi! I just used little saw tooth hangers!

  27. melissa m. on April 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I’m definitely doing this one today! I’ve been a tad bit intimidated by those rosettes but this lit a fire under my butt to figure it out!

    • Ashley on April 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Awesome Melissa! Please share the finished pics with us when you are done and good luck!!!

  28. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life on April 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

    How fun is that. They look so cute. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

    • Ashley on April 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much Marty:)))

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