Summertime is meant for open doors to let the breeze flow. And I definitely spent many summer days with my front door open to let the air circulate. But once in awhile a gust would come through and I wished I had a door stop to hold my door open. It’s a little late for open doors (now that Fall is here) but at least I’ll be ready for the next warm day!
- 1″ wide x 14″ long leather strap
- Leather punch (1/8″ and 1/16″)
- 1 set of double capped rivets (medium size) (NOTE: I ended up using two sets)
- Rivet setter and anvil
- Mallet or hammer
- 1/2″ long screw post
- 2 popsicle sticks
- Painters tape
- 3″ x 9″ pillar candle mold (Mann Lake Cylinder Mold)
- Smooth-On Universal Mold Release
- Quickrete Portland Cement
- Quickrete Play Sand
- Disposable plastic cups
- Disposable plastic container
- Disposable plastic spoon
- Mask, or bandana to cover your mouth
If it hasn’t already been cut, cut the leather strap to be a 1″ wide x 14″ long piece. I found some pre-cut straps on Etsy.
Step 2: Punch the anchor holes.
Punch an 1/8″ hole, 1/2″ away from each end of the strap.
Step 3: Punch the rivet holes.
Punch one 1/16″ hole, 2 1/2″ away from each end of the strap. (Note that in the end I added TWO rivets instead of one. So if I was going to make another one, I would add another rivet hole below this one. So one at 2″ and another at 2 1/2″)
Step 4: Attach the rivet.
Fold the strap in half (wrong sides facing in) aligning the holes. The anchor and rivet holes should line up.
Insert the rivet post through the back side through the front. Place the cap on the rivet post and set the post on top of the curved edge of the anvil. Gently tap the rivet with the mallet to set the rivet.
Step 5: Attach the screw post.
Insert the screw post in the bottom hole and screw it together. You don’t have to screw it too tight. This additional element is to help anchor the strap into the concrete. If you don’t add an anchor, the leather may just slip right out of the concrete.
Step 6: Create the brace.
Take two popsicle sticks and place them perpendicular to the strap, about 3/4″ down from the brass rivet. Take some painters tape and secure the two sticks together on each side, making a brace for the leather strap.
Step 7: Prepare your mold.
Go outside and spray a light layer of the Smooth-On Universal Mold Release into your candle mold. (Why does my hand look like a crabby old witch hand? ugh.)
Step 8: Mix your concrete.
Now get ready to get dirty! Using a couple plastic cups, scoop out 1 part concrete, and 2 parts sand. Mix up those two dry materials in the larger plastic container before you add your water. When the dry parts are mixed thoroughly, add your water slowly until you get a super thick milkshake like consistency. You should feel a little give when you stir it up.
Note: Always wear your mask when you are dealing with the concrete powder. You don’t want to inhale it, and it will pretty much get everywhere.
Step 9: Pour the concrete.
Now carefully pour your concrete mixture into the mold.
Step 10: Let it dry.
Carefully place your prepared strap into the top of the concrete, bracing it on the top of the mold with the popsicle sticks, and securing it in place with some masking tape. Gently set the mold aside to dry. I let mine dry about a two full days in my garage.
Once fully dried, carefully wiggle your doorstop out of the mold and begin using it as a doorstop!