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Creative Kristi: Draft Stopper

Creative Kristi

Friday, March 12, 2010

Draft Stopper

Ok I was just going to hop on here real quick and share my latest project (which even though it is warmer now will help keep it cooler in my house in the summer) of a DIY/recycle/use what you have door draft stopper. But then I get on (after a couple days of being sick and/or taking care of a sick kiddo) and see that I was featured yesterday on the Better After blog! Woohoo! Thanks so much!

Ok so now that I am all done being giddy (well not quite- I'll probably dance around for awhile) I'll show you my project.
You've all seen the commercials for those draft stoppers that move with the door right? Well I wanted one for both my front and back doors because I have a toddler who would probably run off with a draft stopper that wasn't attached haha! But I didn't really want to pay for one, let alone two. So I was so happy when this idea popped into my head: make it out of toilet paper rolls!

Here is the step by step to use what you have on hand, recycle AND get a great way to reduce cold drafts!

Paper towel or toilet paper rolls, tape measure, scissors, duct tape, fabric, batting.

Start putting together your paper towel rolls to form one long tube. The picture below shows how I did this on the first tube (you need two tubes per door)- I inserted one into the other. I would not recommend doing this on yours though- I did it differently on the second tube.

Here is how I did it on the second tube. It came out easier, stronger and the duct tape laid smooth over the joint unlike the ones I made where I inserted the ends into each other.
I put one end in the center of the duct tape then laid the second tube right up next to it and pressed it into the duct tape also.
Then just roll the two tubes up in the duct tape until you get all the way around. Continue until you have one long tube you know is longer than the width of your door.

Then go measure your door width and mark that measurement on your tube. Next we are going to cut our tube to that exact length.
I couldn't find my box cutter and all I had were scissors...which makes it hard to cut tubes. So I just cut a few slits like this into the tube down to the line. Then folded each flap back a bit and cut from slit to slit. It made it MUCH easier to cut! Repeat this for the second tube.

After that I stuffed my tubes with batting (no pictures sorry)- use a yardstick or a stick from your yard (ha. ha.) to shove the batting down the full length of the tube. Repeat for the 2nd tube.

Next I laid out my fabric and rolled one tube in it and pinned it down. I didn't fold the raw edge under then pin but you can if you want :) I slid the tube out and sewed the seam.
After leaving a little bit of fabric to go under the door I did the same thing with the second tube. Leaving me with this.

Then I just tucked the loose ends into the tubes and slid the whole thing under my door and closed the door...All DONE! :) Easy and practically free!

I'm linking up to The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Linky Party!

Decided to enter this into the $5 challenge at Living With Lindsay since I had everything on hand already & the toilet paper rolls are recycled so the cost for this project to keep out the spring breezes: $0!


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At March 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Wow this is fabulous! I love that you were able to come up with some use for all those cardboard tubes. I'm ALWAYS trying to come up with something to make with those!

At March 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM , Blogger Birdie @ Chirp in the Forest said...

Wow, that's such a great use for TP rolls! Very creative, and "almost free" is even better :)

At March 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM , Anonymous Diane said...

I love it.
I have a huge stash of those rolls because they're just so neat I can't bear to throw them away. A new, really useful project to make with them is great!

At March 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM , Anonymous Leanne said...

Wow, that turned out great. I made a draft stopper a few months ago, but mine doesn't move with the door. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

At March 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous Karen said...

Ok I'm loving this! We currently have towels rolled up by the kids bedroom doors because our senile cat that meows very loudly at night. Do you know if this would help with sound? Could be a fun project for the kiddos too.

At March 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Tina Lane said...

What a smart project.The store bought version of this is pretty unimpressive, so making your own is a good idea.

Stopping by from SITS.

At March 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM , Blogger Haverford House said...

This is great ~ love your creativity! ~Marcy

At March 20, 2010 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Heather Feather said...

This is amazing and so easy!

At March 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Angie - said...

This is so cool! And it looks so easy! Great job! Hello fellow SITS!

At March 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is ingenius! Well done.

At March 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM , Blogger Kim said...

What a clever idea.

At March 26, 2010 at 12:59 AM , Blogger Sophia said...

I've never seen these before, but they're GREAT! Thanks for the idea!

At March 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Marisa said...

why don't my brain work like that? amazing.

At March 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Jess @ Just a Blink said...

So clever! I think if I made one of these my kids would claim it was a faux light sabor, pirate sword or hockey stick!

At April 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Great idea!!!

At April 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM , Anonymous somedaycrafts said...

That is such a great idea! I never would have thought of this. We need a draft stopper for next winter! I better start saving my paper towel rolls! Thanks for linking this up!

At April 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM , Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Oh that is awesome!! What a great frugal idea! Thanks for linking up!!

At April 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Looking Glass Jewels said...

This is such a great idea! I need one of these for my office - thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic tutorial!


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