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Plus-d is a Japanese company that actually sells colorful silicone tubes that are similar to a tube of hand lotion, facial cleanser, etc. and markets them as doorstops to keep your doors propped open.
While those tubes may be more fashionable and modern than your typical door stopper (and even “regular” tubes of stuff, for that matter), I can’t help but think that it makes more sense to re-use than buy new sometimes.
After all, don’t we all have about a gazillion tubes of something around the house?
Perhaps just one of them could be spared in order to serve as a DIY door stopper the next time the need arises.
For what it’s worth, I’ve tested this theory to see if an everyday tube of something can sufficiently prop open a door.
As you can see, my large half-empty tube of Eucerin body lotion works just fine on a windy day when I have most of the windows in the house open. As does a much smaller full bottle of Neutrogena sunscreen — both seen here:
Yes, the fun colors that the official Tube doorstop come in are quite nice. But I’m just sayin’… maybe you could manage this one on your own!
Here’s a fun DIY door stopper idea using hot glue that has hardened to look like spilled product pouring out of the tube bottle.
5 Other DIY Door Stops I’ve Made
So, using old makeup tubes was my idea #1 for how to make a door stop yourself using items you already have around the house!
Here are a few more homemade door stopper ideas that I’ve come up with that will help you keep your doors propped open…
#2 – A Glass Jar Or Vase As A DIY Door Stop
Another way that I’ve made my own doorstop is to take a relatively heavy object and simply place it in front of the door — like this glass jar that I turned into a vase. The clear decorative marbles inside weigh it down, so it won’t tip. And I’ve filled it with eucalyptus leaves — which are a natural room deodorizer. This works great as a DIY door stop!
For a practical solution, I’ve turned a large pickle jar into a change jar that I then used as a doorstop — and I made some money in the process since we kept tossing all of our loose change in there!
If your glass jar will be placed on a slick surface, just add a piece of felt to the bottom so it won’t scratch the floor.
As you can see here, before filling the jar with loose change, I filled it with Mardi Gras beads and used that as a doorstop:
#3 – Baskets As DIY Door Stop Alternatives
For a cozy, homey look I’ve placed large baskets in front of doors and filled them with interesting things.
For example, in the guest bedroom the basket is filled with things that overnight guests would enjoy (books, towels, magazines, a candy jar, etc).
In the office, I have a basket filled with relevant magazines and 3-ring notebooks.
#4 – An Old Boot As A Homemade Doorstop
For something fun and a bit out of the ordinary, I’ve taken kids rubber boots and filled the inside with various items to weight them down.
You can use a single boot, or a pair of boots as your makeshift doorstop.
You could also turn an old work boot or a cowboy boot into a door stop in a similar fashion.
#5 – Rocks & Logs As DIY Door Stop Alternatives
For an earthy solution, I’ve also brought the outside in and used a large rock as a doorstop (only on carpet, not on hardwood).
For a rustic touch, I’ve used a wooden tree stump as a door stop in these 2 ways:
#6 – Anything Heavy Works As A Makeshift Door Stopper
If you can’t find an item with some weight to it around your house to use as a makeshift doorstop, you can actually turn any lightweight object into a DIY heavy door stop by simply filling any open cavities with heavy things!
Personally, I’ve used uncooked rice, river stones, and marbles to add weight to objects. You could also use cement or Plaster of Paris if you don’t ever want to use the object for its original purpose again.
You could even use an empty tin can or bucket filled with something heavy and decorated with fabric or (my favorite) wrapped in rope — like jute or hemp:
6 More DIY Door Stop Ideas
Here are a few more door stop ideas from other clever thinkers — plus their own tips for making a door stop yourself:
1) 20 DIY Draft Snake Doorstops – While intended to be draft stoppers to keep cold air from coming in underneath the door, some of these have some weight to them — so they could also be used to keep a door propped open, too.
2) How To Make A Door Stopper Out Of A Fork – Of course every home as a fork! Just make sure to only use this on a carpeted or concrete floor — because the tines of the fork can scratch the flooring.
3) Turn Any Rustic Post Into A Door Stop – I have several plaster or terracotta columns in various shapes and sizes. These definitely have some weight to them, and you can even put something cute on the top flat part!
4) How To Make A Fabric-Covered Brick Door Stop – This is a very sophisticated professional-looking fabric cover tutorial for a brick doorstop. Because I’m lazy, I would probably just use rubber bands to wrap a single piece of fabric around the brick — but that’s just me.
5) 40 DIY Door Stop Ideas – A great list of things you probably have round the house that could be used to make the fabric covering (old jeans, a painter’s drop cloth, leftover upholstery fabric, linen tea towels, burlap scraps) AND the filling (fish tank gravel, kitty litter, sand, pebbles, beans) for your DIY door stopper.
6) How To Knit A Giant Lego Block Doorstop – Where are all my Lego fans at? If Legos are your thing, but knitting isn’t… you could just use regular fabric for the covering, then follow this tutorial to make the Lego bumps (or studs).
So now that you know how to make a DIY doorstop yourself using the tips and tutorials above, I can see where there are times when it might be quicker and easier to buy one instead.
Next up are some genius door stop ideas that would make great gifts — for yourself or someone else.
14+ Interesting Doorstops You Can Buy
If you’re thinking of buying one, then you might appreciate these really unique and fun doorstops that I found. Everything from cute and whimsical to rustic and practical:
#1 – Sometimes you need to keep a door open part-way. The Jamm door stop works 3 ways — to keep a door fully open, to keep a door fully closed, and to keep a door part-way open:
#2 – A small, fabric doorstop that won’t damage your hardwood floors:
#3 – Dorothy’s ruby red slippers door stop:
#4 – This set of 4 silicone door stops is versatile… and adorable because they’re 4 different colored leaves! When not being used as a doorstop, they can be hung on the handle of the door. And for doors with wide gaps, you can use 2 of them together:
#6 – A classy red shoe door stop:
#7 – This uniquely shaped door stop has a brilliant design so that it also works with windows to keep them propped open:
#8 – Cute as a mouse door stop:
#9 – Looking for a door stop alarm? This door stop makes a noise whenever pressure is applied to it:
#10 – A banana peel door stop shows your fun personality:
#11 – The Wedge-It door stop is industrial strength. Invented by a fireman, it props doors open exactly 90-degrees and can be used 3 ways:
#12 – Golf anyone? This door stop doubles as a fun golf game:
#13 – Made of heavy-duty cast iron, this starfish door stop will last for years — and it’s available in several colors:
#15 – Next for dog lovers… the weighted message pillow that serves as a door stop and a door hanger in one:
#16 – Finally, this cast iron dog door stop.
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I like to help people find unique ways to do things that will save time & money — so I write about "outside the box" Household Tips and Life Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I'm super-organized. And I LOVE to clean! I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I’m also a lifelong dog owner — so I often share my favorite tips for living with dogs inside your home (like smart home design choices and dog-friendly cleaning & decorating ideas). Career-wise, I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started… and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Prior to that, I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about instead. For example, I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. When I’m not cleaning, organizing, decorating, or fixing something… you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).