I recently moved into an old farmhouse and while I absolutely love the rustic style of these old houses, what I don’t love is the draft. You see, in older houses, drafts are very common in and around doors and windows. Even in a newer house, you may notice that you have cold air coming in from under your door, which can not only make it uncomfortably cool in your home, it can send your electric bill through the roof. So, since it has turned off colder and I’ve begun heating my house, I started looking for ways to knock down those drafts. I found 17 of the most creative and easy to make DIY draft stoppers!
These draft stoppers can be made in such a short time and they really do help to keep cold air outdoors where it belongs. Some of these can be made with things that you have on hand so they won’t cost you anything. Now, you can head out to a department store and buy a draft stopper in a cute style but they’re not cheap. You can make one in a really cute style and do it for free – see how much better the DIY way is? Some of these require sewing, so get those machines ready. And, be sure to take a look at these 80 genius sewing hacks. You’ll definitely wish you had known these sooner.
So, if you have drafts in your house, these draft stoppers are going to help you to stay warm this winter and save money while you’re doing it. There are so many different styles and designs – there is sure to be one that will fit in perfectly with your home décor. From rustic denim to faux wood and even a cute faux fur draft blocker, you’re going to find something in this list that is perfect for keeping your drafts out. And, you should be sure to check out these 25 crochet blanket patterns. They’ll keep you warm all winter long.
1. Easy 30 Minute DIY Draft Stopper
This draft stopper can be made in about half an hour and it’s really cute when it’s finished. You can use this to stop drafts under doors or around your windows. You’ll need a thick fabric, like fleece, some sand and a few Ziploc bags to make this one. It’s a quick and easy sewing project and it’s perfect for beginning sewers because you just make one long running stitch.
2. DIY Patchwork Draft Stopper
This draft stopper has a nice patchwork pattern and it’s much easier to make than you may think. Just choose a selection of fabrics in different colors and designs and sew them together in a row. Then you just sew around the fabrics to create the shape and you fill this one with crushed walnut shells – which are really easy to find right about now.
3. Rice Filled Draft Stopper
You don’t have to have sand to fill your draft stoppers. This one is filled with rice and it’s super easy to make. You can finish off one of these in about half an hour or even less if you are super comfortable with your sewing machine. You just create the shape of the draft stopper and then fill it with rice before sewing up the end.
4. Cat Litter Filled DIY Draft Stopper
This easy draft stopper is filled with cat litter and takes very little time to make. For this one, you will need about a half a yard of cotton fabric and five pounds of cat litter. This one is a bit larger so it’s perfect for those entry doors and five pounds of cat litter is definitely going to stop any drafts from coming through.
5. Denim Door Draft Stopper
An old pair of blue jeans is great for creating a draft stopper. Not only is denim pretty thick so it will keep that air out, it’s also a great rustic looking fabric so it matches your rustic décor. This stopper goes under your door so it completely blocks out all air that would try to get in. It’s great for French doors or anywhere that you have a sizeable gap between the door and the frame. There really are some wonderful repurposing projects for old jeans.
6. Boxy Door Draft Blocker
This cute little door draft stopper not only keeps air out, it keeps out light and sound so you can use it indoors under kids’ rooms to help them to sleep at night. It can also be used to keep that cold air outside where it belongs and it’s super easy to make. You make this one with fabric, cotton batting and a filler like dry beans or lentils.
7. DIY Faux Wood Draft Stopper
I love the look of this faux wood draft stopper. This one is made from cat litter but you could stuff it with just about anything you want. The best part is that it looks like a block of wood so it’s perfect if you want something that sort of blends in with your home décor. You make it with wood grain fabric and if you fill it full enough, it will be hard like a block of wood.
8. Elegant DIY Lace Trim Draft Stopper
For some rooms, you just need something a bit more elegant to stop those drafts. This lace trim draft stopper is easy to make and it is decorated with doilies and pom poms to give it a really great Victorian era look. You can get doilies at the Dollar Store for really cheap or you could pick up paper doilies and get some fabric paint and stamp the fabric before you sew it together.
9. No Sew DIY Faux Fur Draft Blocker
I really love this faux fur draft blocker. Not only is it really easy to make, it’s just really fun. This is made from a rolled up faux fur rug, so it’s super easy and if you wanted, you could actually fold the rug up and stuff it with rice or another filler to make it a bit heavier. This is really cute for windows in bedrooms or for doors in any room.
10. Upcycled Fuzzy Sock Draft Stopper
Who knew there were so many uses for mismatched socks? If you have two or three socks that are mismatched or otherwise going unworn, you can turn them into a wonderful draft stopper to keep that cold air out. You use the socks as well as quilt batting or polyester fiberfill for this one, and a filler, like popcorn, dried beans or rice. This is a pretty easy project and it’s a really frugal way to use old mismatched socks.
11. DIY Pom Pom Draft Stopper
This pom pom draft stopper has such a wonderful look with its many colors and polka dots. You can make this one with any colorful fabric that you want and then add the pom poms which are super easy to make. You wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard and tie it up to create the pom poms. If you have never made them before, you’re in for a nice surprise. They are so easy and you can use these things to decorate everything.
12. Under Door Draft Blocker
A pool noodle can be used to make this great under door draft blocker that stops air from coming into your house in two different places. Pool noodles are so flexible and can be used to make so many different things. For this draft stopper, you just cut the pool noodle so that it fits under your door and then use a pillowcase or sheet to create a nice cover for it.
13. Cute Row Of Houses Draft Blocker
This draft blocker is so adorable and it’s made from upcycled materials. It looks like a little row of houses. If you want something really decorative to stop those drafts, this one is perfect. It’s pretty easy to make and it’s a great project if you want to use up those leftover fabric scraps from other projects. You can create a patchwork row of houses.
14. Easy Crochet Draft Stopper
If you love to crochet, you can use that love to create this gorgeous striped draft stopper. This is such an easy pattern and if you are not a fan of stripes, just do it all in one color. The stitching is really easy and this one has a really nice retro look to it.
15. Upcycled Plastic Bag Draft Stopper
You don’t necessarily have to have sand or rice to fill your draft blockers. This one is filled with upcycled plastic bags. It’s a quick and easy project to sew and when you have the shell finished, you just use up those plastic bags as stuffing. Stick as many as you can get into it to block as much air as possible. This is a wonderful way to stop cold air drafts and upcycle plastic grocery bags.
16. DIY No Sew Draft Snake
This draft blocker or draft snake is made by simply filling long socks or tights with rice and then tying off the ends into a knot. How easy is that? If you have drafts that you need to block, especially if you have several and want to save money, this is the perfect stopper. You just need a few old socks and something to fill it with and these will take you less than five minutes to make.
17. Cute Tree Branch Draft Stopper
This draft stopper looks just like a branch from a birch tree and it’s really easy to make. You’ll need fabric that resembles wood for this one as well as a few scraps for the leaves and fiberfill to stuff your draft blocker. This one may take a bit longer, considering you’re going to be sewing on twigs and branches, but it is definitely worth the extra time and effort when you see the end result.