Mini vases, wine stoppers, place card or picture holders, and hooks are among many uses for vintage door knobs. Using old door knobs as curtain tie backs, finials on curtain rods and drawer pulls are other interior options. Exterior uses include fastening vintage knobs to the tops of garden stakes or placing chrome or brass door knobs in the ground, knob top up, to create a cobblestone effect on a pathway or patio.
Displaying a collection of vintage door knobs on a shelf or as part of a wall arrangement is attractive. Adding a vintage knob to a jar lid is decorative and functional, making the lid easier to open and close.
When using a knob as a mini vase, the door knob top forms the base and the flower is placed in the shank, which previously held the knob's spindle. Similarly, when using the old door knob for holding photos, the knob top provides the base and a wire curves up and around from the shank in a design that holds a photo. The wire is set in the shank or twisted around the base of the shank. Painting the door knob and attaching beads or charms at the base of the shank or from the wire design are other decorative options for a photo or cardholder. Affixing a cork in the door knob's shank creates the vintage wine stopper.
Another use for the vintage door knob, whether glass, brass or another metal, is as a replacement door knob to enhance the charm of an older home or as a unique feature in a rustic one.