How to make a stylish door stopper from a $4 snack bag

DIY door stopper IKEA snack bag
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Finding the perfect door stopper that complements your home decor and fits your budget can be challenging. IKEA hacker Diego Pintos found a solution by creating a doorstop in subtle, neutral shades using an IKEA snack bag. This DIY project is a cost-effective way to add a touch of style and functionality to your home. Keep reading to learn how you can make your doorstep with just a few simple materials.

What you’ll need for a DIY door stopper

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The IKEA HAJMAL snack bag is ideal for this DIY project. It is made from natural materials with an easy-to-open and close strap. However, any fabric bag in a similar size would work if you can’t get your hands on the HAJMAL.

A length of rope

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In addition to the snack bag, you’ll need a length of rope to create the handle. For the HAJMAL bag, the cord should be approximately 24 inches long. However, if you’re using a different type of bag, you’ll need to measure around the bag and add extra length for the handle.

A sack of stones

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To provide weight to the door stopper, you’ll require approximately 6 to 7 pounds of rocks, pebbles, or sand. These materials can be easily found at your local garden center or online retailers like Amazon. Adding weight to the door stopper will ensure it stays in place and effectively holds your door open or closed as needed.

Now, let’s see how we put them all together.

Step 1: Prepare the bag and rope

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Before starting the project, remove any labels from the IKEA bag. Next, cut a length of rope to 24 inches and knot the ends together. The cord should be long enough to go around the bottom of the bag and extend out of the bag to serve as a handle. Position the knotted end at the bottom of the bag. You don’t need to sew the cord to the bag, as the weight of the stones will help keep it in place.

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Fill a trash bag with stones

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To keep the HAJMAL bag clean and easy to maintain, place a small but heavy-duty trash bag inside the IKEA snack bag before adding the rocks, pebbles, or sand. This will ensure that the stones don’t come into direct contact with the HAJMAL bag and make it easier to remove them if you need to wash the door stopper bag. This extra step ensures that your DIY doorstop is stylish, easy to maintain, and keep clean.

Weigh the door stopper

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Once the trash bag is in place, fill the bag with stones or pebbles until the total weight of the door stopper is between 6 and 7 pounds. It’s crucial to ensure that the door stopper is heavy enough to hold the door open or closed as needed. Anything lighter may not be sufficient to keep the door ajar.

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Finally, roll the top of the snack bag down and tie the straps securely. Your DIY door stopper is now complete and ready to use! Not only does it look great, it also functions fantastically and doesn’t scratch up wood floors. The handle makes it easy to move the door stopper around as needed.

At just the price of a snack bag, this DIY door stopper is a cost-effective and stylish IKEA hack you won’t regret investing in. Give it a try and see the difference it can make in your home.

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