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No-sew, Water Resistant Draft Protector

Cut a pool noodle to the door

I measured a pool noodle the width of the door

And cut it with a boxcutter.

Stick two cork place mats together

I had gorgeous cork place mats that I thought would be a good covering. I’ve had fabric draft excluders before and they really do get grotty. The cork is a sensible colour and doesn’t need sewing. A standard place mat should usually be broad enough to wrap around a pool noodle but not long enough, so you have to use at least two. Otherwise you can just use a sheet of cork or any other plastic mat, even leather. And remember, you can paint or stamp the cork with designs.

Laying them side by side horizontally, I stuck them together on the reverse with two strips of tape over each other.

Cut the edges straight and to size

Next, I cut the rounded edges away until I was left with a long rectangle.

Once I had the rectangle, I had to get an idea of the circumference of the noodle and how the place mat would fit around it. I wasn’t sure whether I should overlap the ends or not and then decided not to cut them flush. The thickness of the cork may have bearing on this decision because it is more difficult to roll thick cork and stick it in place and overlapping could either make things harder or easier. Overlapping just seemed to leave less room for error when it came to measuring and cutting.

Measure out the length of the pool noodle

Lay the pool noodle in such a way that the join between the two placements is right in the center. If you were using a solid piece of cork, this wouldn’t be necessary but in this case it was a bit like a wallpaper seam.

Mark the length of the noodle on either side onto the back of the cork and cut to size.

Make the round sides

After cutting the rectangle I had just, just enough cork left to cut two disks for the sides.

Trace two disks on the leftover cork with a marker or pencil. The floral design on these mats was a bit busy, so I decided to have the plain side facing outwards. The cork is quite brittle, work gently and don’t tug at it too much otherwise it will crack or chunks will fall off. The disks were stuck to the ends with contact adhesive, apparently pool noodles are made of polyethylene and not polystyrene, which means they won’t melt away if you use the wrong glue.

Cover the noodle

Since the place mat covering was cut to size, it could be stuck. The problem with contact adhesive is that it takes a while to dry, so I had someone help me to wrap masking tape around it at intervals until the glue dried.

Once everything is dry, remove the tape.

Stick Velcro to the noodle

This part required a bit of a redo. Initially I used very thick Velcro. The problem with this is that the Velcro is very visible once the excluder is hanging from the door and you are viewing it from above. This, of course, I only discovered right at the end. Rather use a thinner strip.



As it was, I had already stuck a thick burry side to the excluder with a combination of hot glue and contact adhesive and there was no way of pulling it off. Fortunately, I could still remove the soft side that was stuck to the door and replace it with a thinner strip.

Needs to be thinner!

Stick the other side to the door

Once again using a combination of hot glue and contact adhesive, I stuck the thinner fuzzy side of the Velcro to the door. Also pictured is the benzine and cloth I used to take off my first attempt.

Once everything is dry, the draft protector can be stuck to the strip on the door.

Unlike the old one, it opens with the door and can be readjusted if necessary.