DIY Leather Door Wedge

Hey there! It’s Anna again from Annabode.  I’m popping in today to share with you an easy DIY door stop wedge that can be made quickly, and from scrap wood you might have lying around.  If you don’t hoard wood like a squirrel does nuts, never fear! Anyone can make this project in under an hour with just a few supplies from the hardware store: 

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Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

I’ve always used whatever’s been lying on the floor to prop open the doors in our house, anything from piggy banks to hatboxes, book ends to shoes…and occasionally the dog.  Whatever works, right? Especially now that spring is here (finally!) and we’ll be leaving the windows open, propping open the doors has become quite necessary–unless we want to be treated to a chorus of slams every time the breeze blows.

This quick & easy DIY door wedge has convinced me to up my door stop game (is that a thing?).  With just basic tools, you can make it in a jiffy from scrap wood and an old belt.  Or if you’re like me and are newly door-stop crazed, one length of craft wood and a small piece of leather will buy you a whole houseful of door wedges.  A houseful! Just think about all those pretty doors you’ll have…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

First, use your pencil and ruler to draw a straight line diagonally across the wood.

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

Saw along the line and sand to a smooth finish.  Here’s a tip though: if you have a longer length of wood, it’s easier to mark the 6.5″ length and saw the diagonal line before cutting it off the larger piece.  Otherwise, you might need a clamp so you don’t saw your fingers off.  Just kidding!

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

Use the ruler to mark off a section at the bottom of the wedge and paint it white. Then use the polycrylic to coat the unpainted wood.  Do NOT use the polycrylic on the white paint — it will yellow it.

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

Take your leather strip and fold it in half, so that the two ends meet (don’t crease it though).  Using the other scrap half of your wood as a base, drill a small hole through the center of the two ends.  This just gives you a nice little place to put your screw.

Place your washer over the screw, and attach the new leather handle into the back of the wedge with the drill.

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

Now admire your handiwork…

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

And give it a test drive!

Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY door stop wedge with this tutorial from Annabode

 

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9 Comments on DIY Leather Door Wedge

  1. Virginia Austin
    April 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm (5 months ago)

    I did something like this for a travelling tool when taking my mother out in her wheelchair. Not so fancy, but I drilled a hole through and attached a bungee cord. I used to hold doors open while wheeling her through and then retrieved the item and hung it on the back of her chair for next time. Something more elegant can be made for someone who is more fashion conscious.

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  2. Ama
    March 25, 2015 at 11:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Practical and beautiful!! This is perfect!

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    • Anna
      March 26, 2015 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Ama! Glad you like it!

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  3. Amy W
    March 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Love this simple but stunning solution! Job well done, Miss Anna!

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    • Anna
      March 26, 2015 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

      Ahh thanks Amy :)

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    • Anna
      March 26, 2015 at 9:13 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Chelsea!

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  4. Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
    March 23, 2015 at 8:43 am (1 year ago)

    Such a cute idea Anna and the added detail of the leather looks so beautiful and unique, love it!

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    • Anna
      March 26, 2015 at 9:13 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Gilly! I have a whole bunch of leftover leather now, and am just dying to make something with it :)

      Reply

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