A draft stopper can prevent the cold breeze from entering through your windows and doors. This chilly air doesn’t only give you cold feet; it can also send your energy bills to the roof! Here’s a list of DIY draft stopper ideas to keep winter air outdoors.
DIY Draft Dodgers to Keep Your Home Cozy | 13 Draft Stopper Ideas to Block Cold Breeze
Don’t discard your old pair of jeans. Repurpose them, and make a draft dodger instead. Aside from its thickness, which is great in keeping the air out, denim also gives your room a rustic vibe. Its length is also perfect to block the gap under your door.
At one point, you lost your one sock and no longer used the other. Now, you can put those mismatched socks to use by making a draft blocker. Fill them with rice, popcorn, or dried beans. This stuffing will also help your socks in insulating.
Be sure that there are no holes in them. Otherwise, patch those hollow parts so the fillings won’t spill out.
3. Crochet Draft Dodger
Take your crocheting hobby to the next level by creating a draft stopper. You can use either multi-colored stripes or minimalist designs. Regardless of the design, this craft is easy to make.
You can pattern it after your carpet or curtain so it would match and blend with your room.
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4. Faux Wood Draft Stopper
If you want a draft blocker that looks like wood, choose a fabric that resembles its texture. Stuff it with items that are good in insulation so that it would look like a hard piece of wood.
You can also transform this into a branch-looking draft dodger. Add green fabric scraps to serve as its leaves and to make it look more alive.
5. Rice-Filled Draft Stopper
This draft blocker is easy to make, you can finish in 30 minutes. Pick any cloth that you like, and stuff it with uncooked rice. You can also add other fillings such as newspaper and batting.
Form a tube shape, then use a sewing machine to make your crafting faster.
6. No-Sew Draft Dodger
It’s not a problem if you’re not handy when it comes to machines. You can still make a draft stopper without using one.
Get a faux fur rug, then fill it with rice before folding up. You can also make a tube-shaped draft stopper using a pair of tights by twisting a knot on their ends.
7. Pool Noodle Draft Blocker
Aside from swimming pools, you can use a pool noodle under your door to block the cold air from entering your house. Cover it with a pillowcase or any fabric to complement the design of your room.
Measure the space at the bottom of your door so the pool noodle would fit into the gap.
8. Faux Snake Draft Dodger
This draft stopper can serve a dual purpose. Apart from covering those spaces, your kids can also use this as their toy. This craft is easy to make, you can even let your little ones help you.
Stuff long socks or leg tights with uncooked rice or other fillings. Then, place knots on their ends.
9. Patchwork Draft Stopper
Select around 10 fabrics in different patterns and colors, and place them all in one row. Depending on your preference, you can choose solids, stripes, or other designs. Afterward, stuff the fabrics with crushed walnut shells.
It might seem complicated and difficult to make, but you can finish making one by just using your hands.
10. Lace Trim Draft Blocker
This draft dodger would also make for pretty decor in your home. If your room has an exquisite touch, this draft stopper can complement that mood.
To achieve a Victorian-era vibe, add extra embellishments. Stitch pom-poms and doilies on your fabric, then fill it with toy stuffing. This will give your draft blocker a full shape.
11. Pom-Pom Draft Dodger
Its multi-colored polka dots would add life and brightness to any room. You can use either one color or different hues of yarns in creating your pom-poms. Cut a piece of cardboard, and wrap your yarns all over it.
Then, attach these pom-poms to all the corners of your draft stopper.
12. Plastic Bag Draft Blocker
There’s a good chance that you have some plastic bags stored in your cabinet when you went shopping. Instead of using sand or uncooked rice as the stuffing of your draft dodger, you can upcycle these plastic bags and make them your filling.
Use as many plastic bags as you can to block as much cold air as possible. This way, you’re able to reuse your plastic bags and help the environment at the same time.
13. Pipe Insulator Draft Stopper
Probably the easiest blocker to make, this draft dodger only requires repurposing of pipe insulators. They look like pool noodles, but they’re thinner and harder.
Cut them in half and ensure that they’ll fit perfectly under your door. The best part is that even if you open or close your door, this draft stopper will stay attached to it.
Making your own draft stopper is a fun and simple way to cover window and door spaces in your home. Watch this video by For Your Life to learn about other quick and inexpensive fixes to keep winter out:
Staying warm during winter doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive. You can make a draft stopper using available resources around. Feel cozy and preserve the energy in your home with these DIY draft stoppers.
Do you have other draft stopper ideas that you’d like to use to keep you comfortable during winter? Share them with us in the comments section below!
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