DIY Hollywood Movie Stanchions
With only four days until my movie-night themed Open House, I’m in full DIY mode!
For the past two years, I’ve dreamed of having stanchions to line the red carpet that goes into my classroom from the hall. If I had my way, I’d get these dreamy ones from Amazon. But they are just a bit pricey for me at the moment.
Last year I bought some cardboard ones from Oriental Trading Company and they were terrible-they fell apart as soon as the night was over, and storing them was a nightmare. They were huge and didn’t come apart easily. In fact, it looks like they were so cheap that they took them off the website, as I can’t even find it to feature here!
This year, I hit up Pinterest for help. And I found a very intriguing idea-a DIY solution using a toilet plunger! All you need is two plungers that have handles that screw out (mine were $5 each at Rite-Aid), two long dowels that have the same size screw threads (mine were $4 each at Ace Hardware) and gold spray paint. I also got some plastering cement to weigh down the plunger part.
-2 Plungers with handles that screw in
-2 Dowels with the same size screw threads
-Gold spray paint
Optional: Plaster cement
Unscrew the plunger handles. Cut down the long dowels to the length you want the stanchions to be (Ace Hardware cut mine down for me for free!).
Fill the plunger part with plaster cement if you want to make it heavier and more stable.
Lay everything out to spray paint. I took an old box and cut some little triangles out of the ends so the dowels wouldn’t roll.
Give the plunger bases a few coats of gold. The dowels should only need 1 coat. I simply sprayed and then turned the dowels after an hour for another spray on the backside of them.
Once dry, screw the dowels into the plunger bases. Tape a piece of red ribbon to the dowels and you are good to go!
I’m pretty excited to debut these on Wednesday at our movie-themed Open House! I’m also excited about how easy it’s going to be to store these babies after the night is over-all I have to do it unscrew the dowels and stick everything in a storage box!
Ready to make these yourself? Please link to pictures in the comments so we can ooooh and aaaaah over your beautiful work! 😉
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