Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Concrete Door Stoppers Tutorial

I always wanted to connect rope and concrete together and this project seemed like a perfect match for it. Even though from the first look these door stoppers may not seem to be practical, trust me they are! First of all they are heavy enough to keep the doors in place, so no more door slamming. They also look pretty, so you may want to add them to your home accessories collection and finally they are easy to make, so you don't need to spend a fortune to have one of them. Sounds interesting? - then keep reading to find out how it's been made...








SUPPLIES:

Here is what you need for this project:
  • 1 meter of rope or very thick twine
  • galvanized coupler x 2
  • tape
  • moulds: milk or juice box + one round plastic container
  • concrete mix of your own choice

STEP 1 - preparing the rope

Cut the rope into two similar pieces using a sharp knife. Then wrap the ends with a tape to prevent them from splitting. When that's done, place them together in a coupler until they sit tight.



STEP 2 - filling moulds with concrete mix

To prepare concrete mix simply follow the users manual from the packaging and stir it well together, then quickly put the mixture into the moulds. Shake them a little bit and tap to the bottom to eliminate the bubbles. When concrete begins to settle, carefully dip the coupler with a rope in the middle of your mould right up to the top. Hold it in that position until concrete gets thickened a bit, so the rope stays in place. It took me less than a minute to hold mine, but I reckon it depends on a concrete type, so be patient as it's really important to keep the rope in the right position at this stage. 


STEP 3 - drying

Let your door stoppers dry for at least couple of days before you remove them from the moulds. While you do that be very careful, because concrete may still be wet inside and may get damaged easily. To make sure it's completely dry leave it somewhere on a side for another few days, before it gets lightened in colour.


STEP 4 - sanding

Sometimes concrete gets this uneven texture on the top when it dries, so you may want to give it a bit of sanding. This step is thoroughly optional, so skip it if you feel happy with what you got in first place and start enjoying your new diy door stoppers. Oh and don't forget to attach these little felt protectors at the bottom to prevent the floor from scratches!



If you feel more like to have a new diy concrete home decor pieces, then put them anywhere your imagination tells you, like I did with mine...



I think they look great in the bathroom.



Good luck making your own door stoppers and don't forget to share it with me! 

14 comments:

  1. This is brilliant! So simple, yet so perfect for many types of decor settings.

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  2. Very cool. Nicely done!

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  3. I am so impressed with your tutorial and designs ♥ http://felting.craftgossip.com/2014/06/16/do-it-yourself-concrete-door-stoppers/

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    1. Thank you so much! I love what you wrote about my work on your site - it's great, thank you once again :-)

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    2. You are so welcome, I love your idea and the look :)

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  4. Is the rope secure enough to pick it up by the rope?

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    1. Yes, it's very strong as it's been dipped down in concrete. I've actually tried to pull it out myself few times for curiosity and it's still in the same position, but if you want it to stay of a safe side simply add some glue to the coupler at the end. I'm sure that way rope will never get loose.

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  5. I'm guessing that what you call a coupler is a galvanized pipe fitting? Am I correct?

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  6. Polish milk and juice...bardzo dobre!

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  7. Where can I find twine shown in this project?

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    1. Hi, depending on where you live try in any Home Depot style shop or go on ebay, they got wide selection of different types of ropes.

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