Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DIY Dowel Peg Rack

I am in the middle of a big kitchen redo.  One of the first problems I solved was having somewhere to hang cutting boards.  I made DIY Dowel Peg Rack.

DIY Dowel Peg Rack  |  easy instructions for making a dowel peg rack to hang cutting boards or anything else  |  She's Crafty

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Have you been looking for a way to hang cutting boards (or anything else) in your kitchen?  I looked in all of my local stores for the perfect piece to hang on the freshly painted wall in my kitchen.  I had an idea of what I wanted, but could not find anything to purchase.  

So what's a crafty girl to do?  Well I did like I always do, I made it myself.  

DIY Dowel Peg Rack  |  useful rack for hanging cutting board

How to Make a Dowel Peg Rack

Once I figured out what I was doing, this peg rack was super easy to make!  I actually had all of the supplies in my garage but even if you don't, the cost to purchase them is very minimal!

Simple peg rack instructions  -  black peg rack hanging storage

Supplies needed to make Dowel Peg Rack

Simple peg rack instructions  -  black peg rack hanging storage

Instructions for making a Dowel Peg Rack

  • Cut dowels into 3.5 inch pieces.  You can do this with a hand saw if you don't have a miter saw.
  • Cut 1" x 2" to 30 inch length.  
  • Sand each dowel and the 1x2 until they are smooth.
  • Measure and mark every 3 inches and measure the middle of the board so each hole is in the middle.
  • Drill holes at each mark with paddle bit.  Put a piece of masking tape around the bit at about 0.5 inches, that way you will drill the holes to a uniform depth.
  • Put a dab of glue into each hole, place the dowel inside the hole (it will be a very tight fit) and tap it in with a rubber mallet.  Use a level to make sure each dowel is tapped in at the same level as the dowel next to it.
  • Spray paint the entire piece.
  • Hang it on the wall with screws and anchors, if a stud isn't available.

Simple peg rack instructions  -  how to make a black peg rack hanging storage

Hanging peg rack for a kitchen - farmhouse style storage

Hanging peg rack for a kitchen - farmhouse style storage

I also made the dish rack.  I will be posting a tutorial for that very soon.

Dowel Peg Rack - hanging storage in farmhouse kitchen

I hung up some cutting boards and a cute sign.  I love the simple look of it.  And I love that it was a quick afternoon project!  If you need some extra hanging storage, make a quick and easy DIY Dowel Peg Rack.  


  1. This is so cute! What a great idea! I love the dish rack, too.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! It was pretty fun to make and I've loved styling it!

  2. This is such a fabulous idea! Love how you've organised your chopping boards on it! Perfect match for your sweet plate rack too!

    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

  3. Your plate rack is perfect for displaying plates and more. I am so inspired to try to make one too.

    1. Thanks so much Kippi! Let me know if you make one!

  4. This little dowel rack is so trendy and fun. But that plate rack is gorgeous. What a pretty pairing. Pinned


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