Little Barn Door for Home Security


In the news lately there have been reports of people putting cameras on the outside of peepholes to see into your house/apartment/hotel room. I (Steph) started thinking about the peephole in my front door and possible ways of covering it when not in use.
After much thought, I came up with a DIY solution that is cute, functional, removable, and adds a little more security to my home. Mom helped bring the
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
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little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
We started with five large popsicle sticks. We made a guide to hold the sticks while we duct taped them together.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
We measured and cut the sticks to cover the bottom and top. We easily cut through the sticks with scissors. We sanded the edges a little bit and glued the sticks in place.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
To make the X pattern on the door, we measured and cut the sticks again. It took a few tries to get the right cut on the sticks, but we had plenty of extra sticks to practice with.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
Before we glued the X in place, we stained the door and X-pattern. We used a dark stain we already had from another project. After the stain dried, we glued the X in place.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
To make the barn door move, we used six Lego pieces. I have a large Lego collection so this came from my personal stash. If you're not into Legos, you can probably do this with small wheels from the hardware store. We added a half pin to a wheel, and attached a 1 x4 tile to that. The wheel rolls very smoothly.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
We used Sugru to attach the handle and wheels in place.
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
We used Sugru to attach the metal bar to the front door and placed the door on that!
little barn door for home security, crafts, doors, home security, how to
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  • Candace P
    on Jul 9, 2017

    Wouldn't you know if someone put a camera on your door?

    • Joe Jones
      on Nov 11, 2018

      No no no no one reversed the peephole they used an App made to view through a peephole it’s a peephole reversal app. You can even buy an apparatus to view through peep holes.


      Peepholes dont allow light out so they dont show when you’re at the door. They are made for security

  • Sandy
    on Jan 16, 2018

    I have bobbins but don't know what to use for the part to hang them on the door with so they can slide?

    • Joe Jones
      on Nov 11, 2018

      You can use those brass u shaped brackets and put them through the center of the bobbin and it’ll hang from it or use the clothes hanger and make a pair of u brackets

  • Cheri
    on Nov 3, 2018

    So cute! Wouldn't this be great on a Barbie house?

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  • Cindy
    on Nov 21, 2018

    This is very cute & the Barn Door's theme is very popular right now.I'm going to use this idea in my Doll house renovation....Tyvm

  • Sharyn
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I love this idea!!

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