Many people do not know that the plate that your door knob goes into is usually attached with a short screw like seen in the picture. This does not provide adequate protection if an intruder is trying to kick in your door. It is a simple fix and almost anyone can do it. You just need to unscrew the short screw and replace it with a four to five inch screw. This takes the screw all the way into the door jam. It will be harder for someone to kick through it with these in place. Now, that does not mean that they can’t it just means that it will be harder to do so. If you are inside and someone tries to kick the door in it may give you a chance to grab your phone and either run out back or to a secure place within your current location.
We recently ran into a problem with our young daughter. We went to visit relatives and she found her way out of the front door and was playing with the neighbors children. To think of the nightmare that could have happened. I get sick thinking about it.
I couldn’t very well ask the relatives to add child protective locks on their doors. So we had to come up with a simple cheap and effective solution to keep her safe.
We went to the dollar store and bought a rubber main salad bowl. We cut an X in the lid just big enough to force the door handle through. This lid screwed on to bowl tight. So we pushed the lid onto the handle and screwed the bowl on when we went to sleep. For a dollar it was a bit more protection – although not fool proof.
Isn’t this a beautiful bold statement for a homes entry or door. The photo shows a purchased set designed to be hooked together. You could do this with ribbon attached to the wall and frames hung over ribbon to go down your wall just as easy – and cheaper. The design over the door is a wrought iron piece – this could be old spray painted black or left rustic – or find one brand new at places like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
Just use construction paper and the scarf is made from a piece of wrapping paper. Cute – Cheap – Easy! It really does stand out if you have a white door. Think about other ideas that could be used with different door colors – an elf can be made with many different door colors – red could be Santa or Mrs Clause – brown could be a gingerbread man!
Cut the foot part of socks off and overlap them one onto another until you get desired length. You can sew or use glue to attach to each other. The sock you use to make the head you leave the foot on. Stuff with poly fiber. Add buttons for eyes and a felt tongue. Use this same design and stuff with dried beans to put an end to a cold draft under a door or in a window sill.