easy DIY backpack hooks

Apparently the schools of the south tend to start back sooner than the rest of the country, and since we’re smack dab in the middle of the south, our kiddos start back in less than a week. I’m going to miss summer something fierce, and I’m not looking forward to backpacks being strewn all over the place. So I decided to try to head off the problem at the pass with some new DIY backpack hooks. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll use them to keep their backpacks in place. Want to try them yourself? Let’s make it!easy DIY back pack hooks

easy DIY back pack hooks


For each hook you want to make you’ll need three galvanized plumbing parts:

1) 3/8″ 90 degree elbow

1) 3/8″ two inch nipple

1) 3/8″ floor flange

You can buy larger pieces, but honestly they’re a lot more expensive and it won’t change the function, so just go with the cheaper option. All total they’re around $7 each to make. Not bad, huh?

Besides the galvanized parts, you’ll also need:

4 screws (check your hardware section to find ones that will fit the holes)

4 anchors (if needed)

Pen for marking

Level (if you’re hanging more than one)


Drill bit for the size screw you use

Phillips head screw driver bit
easy DIY back pack hooks


Start by screwing the elbow onto the 2 inch straight part.

easy DIY back pack hooks


Next, put the flange on the wall, mark it where you want it to be, pre-drill the holes, then attach it to the wall (using anchors if necessary.)

easy DIY back pack hooks


Then screw on the first part you put together onto the flange and you’re done. It seriously only takes about two minutes to make the whole thing.

easy DIY back pack hooks


Here’s hoping that these backpack hooks mean that it will be just as easy to get my kiddos to use them on their own. But I’m not holding my breath on that one – haha!

Want more fun DIY ideas? Be sure to check out the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine!

*Thanks to Lowe’s for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, words, photos & opinions are 100% my own.*

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Love these hooks! I just saw a very similar version on DIY showoff and love your version as well. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  2. Good idea … they make strong hooks for heavy load of book.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z.

  3. Erin Gibson says:

    Any ideas on hat racks? My boyfriend has a million hats and they are laying all over the place! I need a place to get them up out if way.

    • Gina Luker says:

      I use an over the door organizer for my husband’s – you know the kind with a bunch of hooks? It can hold a ton of them!

  4. brilliant, simply brilliant!

  5. Hey Gina great idea but my “baby” will be 32 this month and no grandchildren so I don’t need this but I love what you did. Do you have any ideas on how to hang cast iron pans? I have a few and I would love to showcase them but have absolutely no idea how to do it. Thanks Gina.

  6. That is so stinkin cute! Love it!

  7. What a great idea! I’ll be doing this out in the garage as well to hang work coats as well in my son’s room to hang his stuff.

  8. I love this idea and they are heavy duty enough to hold a backpack full of all those books and other things that every child has. Great idea.

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