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


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

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

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  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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? 😉

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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:)

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. [email protected] 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;)

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!!!

  20. [email protected] 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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