How to make fun door stops

The lowly doorstop doesn't often receive a spotlight. Doorstops usually go unnoticed unless they are missing. Without a doorstop, the door bangs into the wall and won't stay open. Designing your own doorstop allows you to go beyond the homely yet effective wedge doorstop. Exercise your creativity to create character or animal doorstops. Employ some basic craft supplies to design and make your own custom doorstops.

Look at pictures of doorstops in home improvement catalogues or online to get ideas for your own design. The basic elements of an effective doorstop include weight and a non-slip base. Rocks make convenient bases for designing doorstops. Select a rock large enough to hold the door for each doorstop.

Open the door and set the rock at the corner of the door to make sure the rock is heavy enough to hold the door securely. Select heavy rocks for heavy doors or windy conditions.

Look at the shapes of your rocks. Sketch some ideas for your fun doorstops. For example, select a rock with a pointed top and wide base for a garden gnome doorstop. Draw the garden gnome on paper to plan how to paint your rock. Draw the pointy hat, beard, round face and oval feet.

Select a rock for each doorstop. Use one big rock (e.g., paint a round rock as a ladybug) or use several (e.g., select a large rock for the body and smaller rocks for the feet and ears of animals or other characters).

Glue the rocks together according to your design. For example, glue a medium rock to a large rock to form a dove's head.

Paint your rock doorstop according to your drawing, making a face and clothes for a character, or painting it to resemble an insect or other creature. Allow the paint to dry for at least 30 minutes. Drying time may vary depending on the type of paint you are using and the humidity level of your environment.

Turn the rock doorstop upside down. Cut a piece of non-slip shelf liner large enough to cover the part of the rock that will touch the floor. For example, cut a four-inch circle of the non-slip liner to cover the bottom of a four-inch rock.

Glue the non-slip liner to the bottom of the rock doorstop. Hold the liner in place for a slow count of 30. Let the doorstop dry for at least one hour.


This makes a great group project for kids. Put a dust sheet over your work area for easy cleanup.


Keep cement glue out of the reach of children. Provide adult supervision for rock gluing.

Things You'll Need

  • Rocks
  • Paint brushes
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Cement glue
  • Non-slip shelf liner
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About the Author

Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.