As the seasons start to change and the air turns warm and fresh, there’s nothing better than letting some of it into your home. Windows slide up and doors prop open, allowing the essence of spring to enter. As the outside comes in, hear the sounds from the streets…feel the breeze from the wind…the natural light shines all around. This spring, I found an easy and decorative way to keep those doors open. I have used bricks and stones as doorstops before, but I always wanted them to fit with the rest of my decor. All you need are a few simple supplies to turn an everyday item into something personalized and practical that can also be used elsewhere throughout your home!
First, acquire some bricks or long stones. I went to Home Depot and bought the three you see above from the garden center. They were less than a dollar each!
Feel free to decorate your bricks however you would like, but here are some of the supplies I used to create mine:
Paint (black, white and silver)
Natural colored twine
Piece of Fabric ( I used a scrap of faux leather I had laying around)
For the first brick, I painted the entire thing first with silver metallic paint. Once it was dry, I painted a triangle design on top using black and white paint. Painting bricks is so simple to do, and you can paint whatever you feel like painting in whatever color palette you like! I’ve been really inspired by metallic colors recently so I kept on with that trend.
For the next one, I painted the brick white and allowed it to dry, then simply wrapped some twine around the brick in an overlapping pattern, and tied it off in a knot underneath to keep it in place! Super easy and only takes a few minutes to create :)
The third brick I decorated took the most time, but I really like the way it came out. I took my faux leather scrap and wrapped it around the bottom half of the brick, leaving a bit of gap a in between the two edges. Using a sharp tool or knife, I created a row of tiny holes down each side of the fabric, but keeping them far enough away from the edge so they wouldn’t rip through.
Next, I cut little pieces of black twine and fed it through one whole, then across to the next. Work your way down until you have threaded all of the holes, then secure the fabric by tying each lace into a tight knot. Once the fabric is in place, I stuck a few dried flowers underneath.
There you go–three easy decorative doorstops you can create for the Springtime!
You can also use these bricks as little decorative elements in other spaces throughout your house. I love the way this one looks placed on a windowsill.
Try placing it on a desk or dresser as well! Here I created a little stand to set incense on.
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