Want a simple way to make heating your home more efficient and less pricey? Make sure all those gaps where hot air escapes and cold air invades are closed-up! One of the most persistent culprits is the gap beneath a door, and the most popular solution is, of course, a draft stopper.

You don’t need to run out to the store for an expensive  stopper or even for materials to make a DIY one. All you need are some old tights, leftover wrapping paper tubes, and this video from our friends at Rumble.

This DIY should only take a few minutes of your time and you should be able to make this project for free, if you have these three simple materials already hanging around the house.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

How to Make a DIY Draft Stopper


  • Two cardboard tubes
  • Old tights
  • Scissors


  1. Lay out your pair of old tights and use your scissors to cut off one of the legs.
  2. Line your two cardboard tubes next to each other and pull the tights over them, stretching them all the way to the other side.
  3. Tuck the ends of the tights into the cardboard tubes.
  4. Slide the tubes under your door so that one tube is on each side.

If you’re struggling to get the tights to stay in place, we suggest just a little piece of tape. This should keep them tucked in and firmly in place; it’s not the biggest deal if the cardboard shows a little, but it definitely looks nicer with the black tights cover what’s underneath.

The best part about this easy and cheap DIY is the idea of the two tubes. Admittedly, I was a little confused why there were two to begin with, but it makes sense once you see the final product.

Having two tubes allows for you to block the under-door gap on both sides, really keeping your heat in and keeping cold air out. This is the most efficient way to keep your house from getting drafty and to reduce your heating bill.

And with the cardboard being so pliable, it’s super easy to wedge these tubes under the door, and then remove them when winter is over.

What do you think of this money-saving DIY? Do you have a different way of keeping heating bills down the colder months? Share your thoughts on this trick and your favorite projects in the comments section below.