When I was reviewing my most popular posts of 2014 I realized I’d completely neglected to share with you the DIYs I created for some other blogs last year! Over the next few months I’m going to share some of my favourites with you, so you don’t miss out. I’m starting with this adorable DIY dinosaur door stop I first made for Pretty Providence! Recognize it? I fell in love with this Anthropologie lion door stop a while back but couldn’t get over the $24 price tag… for a door stop. Since my last Anthro knock off turned out so well, I was inspired to give this one a shot, and I’m so glad I did! And guys, I think I’m going to have to attempt a few more knock offs in 2015! Although… time for an #honestymoment…. I tried one this week with clay. It was looking so beautiful and then today I broke it. And that’s not the first time. I think I’m moving up in this world and away from dollar store air dry clay- it just doesn’t do the job!
But back to this beautiful door stop. I had never really thought about door stops before, but my kids have taken to closing doors. All. The. Time. I don’t love them shutting themselves in their bedroom while I’m prepping dinner, so we’ve been moving a nightstand in front of the door and that’s such a pain. Plus, the designer in me hates having a nightstand hanging out in front of their door. And we actually tried a plush owl door stop before this (a Christmas gift) but even though it was weighted and heavy, my daughter loves anything plush and she likes to try lug it around with her… clearly that didn’t stop the doors from being shut. But you can see how cute he is used as a plushie in this post!
I love the way this little dino turned out so much- I think that this could hang around even after they’re done their ‘door closing’ phase. And to make me more happy about this guy, the price tag rang in at $3 for me. Since I love Anthro, but I love my budget even more- I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Want to get one for yourself? Here’s how I did it.
- Wooden Door stop (I couldn’t find one? So we made ours from wood scraps, I’ll tell you how)
- Plastic Animal (or dinosaur like mine- this cost $1 from the Target party aisle)
- Krazy Glue (I had this already, I didn’t count the cost)
- Gripper Pads ($2 from Target)
- Candle, Sandpaper, Q Tips
- Spray Paint- A metallic, a flat black, and a clear coat (I had these already, so there was no cost to me)
I started out by making my basic wooden door stop. Who would have thought one of these would be hard to find? I checked dollar stores, Walmart, Target… basically anywhere I regularly shop and all I could find was rubber ones. But we have a ton of scraps from 2×4 cuts (we built a shed!) so I convinced my father-in-law he should take time away from the shed to make me one.
It’s super easy. Make sure the scrap piece of 2×4 is a bit longer than your plastic toy, then just cut it on an angle- if you’re making it for a specific door, make sure you cut it on a steep enough angle to stop the door! Since my toy’s legs were wider than one 2×4, we glued two together before cutting (make sure to clamp them!). We used a circular saw for this, but a hand saw would work easily too. Our trick for cutting scraps of wood without a proper work bench and vice without endangering any fingers? Nail it to something bigger. We’re such MacGyvers, aren’t we?
You’ll want to sand or file down the edges before it’s ready to use. And if you glue two pieces together like I did, you’ll need to wood-fill any gaps and sand that down too. The next step is to Krazy Glue your animal onto the door stop. Any animal would be fun, I really love the lion that Anthro had on theirs, but when I spotted the dinos, I couldn’t resist… they’re so cute! Glue it towards the thicker side of the door stop- so the tail or back side doesn’t get hit by the door too often. Let it dry completely before getting crazy with the spray paint. This is really important! If you’re impatient like me, you might be tempted to rush this- but you’ll be left with a dinosaur that gets knocked off his perch because the glue won’t set. I’m proud to say that I WAS patient with this one (although I’ve been impatient with glue and paint in the past) and he’s been happily adored by children since September without coming unglued.
Then, start by painting with the metallic colour.When you’re satisfied with your coverage (it might take a couple coats), move on to the black. I used a candle to rub over the ridges (where I wanted to stay metallic) to transfer wax and keep the black paint from adhering. Then, I sprayed a couple coats of the black. When it was dry, I took a cloth and sandpaper and rubbed the black off where the wax had covered. This worked really well on the wood… but not so great on the plastic. I ended up using a Q-Tip to apply some more of the metallic spray paint to where I’d sanded the plastic. Now it was ready for the clear coat. I gave mine three coats of the clear to make it durable… I knew it will be getting lots of love (abuse) from my kiddos! It took them no time at all to spot it and make it their pet.
When it’s done, you’re almost there… just add some gripper pads to the bottom (this will really help it stay in place) before putting it to the test! You can see those little feet on mine in the final picture, they’re just rubber pads and you can find them in the same aisle as the pads to protect your floors for the bottom of furniture.
That’s it! I’d love to hear what you think of these little dinos! Do you use door stops in your house? We never had before kids. What animal would you use for yours?
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