Make a home for odds, ends

KEEP keys handy. Unfurl a tangle of necklaces. Display a collection of vibrant scarves. Or make this pretty rack to corral the things that often collect by the front door – like backpacks, jackets and even the dog’s lead.

“You can make this in minutes,” says Ana White, author of The Handbuilt Home and the self-named blog Ana White.

Start with any length of board – see the picture for an example – but a piece of driftwood picked up at one of the Eastern Cape’s many beaches may also work and a few screw-in knobs, which you can find at larger hardware stores. Paint or stain the wood if you like.

Find the centre of the board, both lengthwise and widthwise. Mark the placement of each knob, spacing them every 10cm and working outward from the centre.

Drill a hole slightly smaller than the knob’s post, and screw each knob in place.

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