Create this stylish DIY shoe stand

DIY shoe stand made out of drumsticks

  • Difficulty
  • Cost
    50-100 £
  • Duration
    3 - 8 h


Presenting an extravagant shoe stand that will add style to your home. Now drumsticks can be used to store your trainers, high heels and other shoes. With a few tricks and the right DIY tools you can transform the sticks into a stylish shoe arrangement.

You need
  • g-clamps
  • rubber/eraser
  • triangle
  • measuring tape
  • pocket rule
  • wood glue
  • 1 wooden rod, 1m long (diameter 50mm)
  • 20 drumsticks (length 40cm, head diameter 10mm, handle diameter 15mm)
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 5

Make out where the drumsticks will go

A picture of someone measuring the centre point of the wooden rod
The center point of the round timber can be precisely determined by using a geodre-triangle

You need: Work Bench, g-clamps, triangle, pencil, measuring tape, drumsticks, wooden rod

To be able to turn the drumsticks into shoe holders, you are going to need to drill precise holes. For this reason, it is advisable to mark reference lines. To do so, first fix the wooden rod to a workbench. Now mark the centre point on each of the outer cuts edges of the wooden rod. Join the two centre points with a straight line running along the centre of the wooden rod. This reference line divides the wooden rod into two exactly equal halves.

Now fix the wooden rod to a workbench so that the centre line faces exactly upwards. Then mark two more reference lines where the drumsticks will later be fastened. To do so, start from the centre line and mark two more parallel lines, one 5 mm to the right and one 5 mm to the left of the centre line.

On the left-hand reference line, now make a mark every 12 cm for the eight holes you are going to drill later, beginning at a distance of 5 cm from the right-hand outer cut edge of the wooden rod. On the right-hand reference line, now also mark the eight holes each at an interval of 12 cm. Begin here at a distance of 5 cm from the left-hand cut edge of the wooden rod so that the drilled holes on the right-hand side are each offset by 6 cm from the drilled holes on the left-hand side. In the end, the last drilled hole on each reference line is 11 cm from the cuts edges. This way, there will later be eight drumsticks on each side of the centre line.

Step 2 5

Drill the holes for the drumsticks

A picture of someone using a cordless drill driver to drill a hole in the wooden rod
Drill the holes ready for the drumsticks

You need: Cordless Drill, Wood drill bit 10mm, masking tape

The second step is to drill. To do so, fix the wooden rod to a workbench so that the left-hand reference line faces exactly upwards. To ensure that the drumsticks sit securely in the wooden rod despite their narrowing shape, use the tape measure to measure the circumference of the drumstick head (ball-shaped tip) and calculate the diameter before drilling. In this example it is 10 mm. Then identify the position on the drumstick shaft that has the same 10 mm diameter as the head. To ensure maximum stability, the sticks should later be inserted into the wooden rod up to this identified position. This means that the holes have to be drilled to the corresponding depth. To do so, use the tape measure to measure the length from the identified position on the shaft to the drumstick head. When doing so, make absolutely sure that the wooden rod is not drilled through.

Tip: Mark the required drilling depth on the wood drill bit with some masking tape.

Next, use a cordless drill driver and a wood drill bit (10 mm) to drill the previously marked holes to the required depth in the wooden rod. Then fix the wooden rod to a workbench so that the right-hand reference line now faces up and drill the holes marked.


You can use the following formula to calculate the diameter by means of the circumference:

Circumference / PI (approx. 3.142) = diameter

Step 3 5

Creating the feet for the shoe stand

A picture of someone cutting drumsticks to size with a mini-saw (Bosch Nanoblade)
Cut the drumsticks to size

You need: NanoBlade saw, g-clamps

Now you need to give the shoe stand its “legs”. To do this, you will need four more drumsticks which will later be inserted into the bottom of the wooden rod. Fix each of the drumsticks securely to a workbench and shorten them to an overall length of approx. 30 cm beginning from the handle end. The ball-shaped tips will later serve as feet. You can easily shorten the sticks using a mini saw.

Step 4 5

More drilling

A picture of someone drilling a hole into a wooden rod using a cordless drill driver
Drill holes on the wooden rod for the legs of the shoe stand

You need: Cordless Drill, Forstner drill bits, G 15 mm, triangle, measuring tape, pencil

Before you can drill the holes for the shoe stand’s legs on the underside, you should mark reference lines in the same way as in step 1. To ensure a firm footing, the distance of the reference lines from the centre line should be 10 mm . Then mark the holes for two legs on each side, about 5 cm from the edge. Now use the cordless drill driver and a Forstner drill bit (15 mm) to drill the holes vertically into the wooden rod.

Step 5 5

Adding the finishing touches

A picture of someone inserting the drumsticks into the wooden rod to make the shoe stand
For more stability, you can fix the drumsticks with some wood glue

You need: rubber/eraser, wood glue

Last but not least, carefully erase all reference lines and insert the shoe holders and the legs into the holes. If you want, you can put some wood glue on the drumsticks first to give them additional stability. Now attach your brogues, Chucks and other shoes – and your new hallway rockstar is finished!