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How to Build Miniature Barn Doors – Easy DIY

Happy New Year everyone. Wow is it just me or did 2016 fly past really quickly? It’s like BAM, door number 2016 just slammed closed and I wasn’t even ready for it. Talking about doors. Can you guess what these super cute, miniature barn doors are covering? Wait for it…………………………………………………………………………………..

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Hiding the wall plug

It’s a wall plug or socket.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Slide it open

Yup, and they were so easy to make too.

How To Make Miniature Barn Doors

For a double plug all we used a whole bunch of ice cream sticks, a looooooooong skewer, 6  screw eye hooks, paint, scissors and wood glue.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

What you need

Measure the height of the wall plug, add 2 cm (7/8″) and cut the ice cream sticks using scissors. In South Africa our wall plugs are 13 cm high so we cut the ice cream sticks to be 15 cm long. Place the cut ice cream sticks next to each other until you have enough to cover the width of the wall plug. We used 22 in total, 11 for each door. Once you know how wide the doors are going to be, cut 5 ice cream sticks to fit across the width. Use the left over bits to cut 4 hinges and you should end up with something like this.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Cut ice cream sticks

As an optional extra you can use a wire brush to distress the sticks 😉

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Distressing the ice cream sticks

Painting the Miniature Barn Doors

Paint the sticks and hinges to suit your decor. I prefer painting the sticks one at a time, just coz I’m a little bit weird and I think it adds some character 😉 If you’re not keen on painting each stick individually you can glue the door together and paint it later.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Painting and gluing

To glue the barn doors, place the long sticks together and glue a short stick on the top, middle and bottom of the each door. This will be the front side. When the glue is dry, flip the barn doors over and stick another short stick at the bottom of the door.  Now for the only tricky part, positioning the screw in eye hooks at the top of the door. It’s easier if you slide the eye hooks on the skewer before gluing them into onto the doors. It helps to keep the eye hooks stable and they don’t wobble around so much. Use another short stick and glue it down to hold the eye hooks in place. Find something heavy and carefully place it onto the barn doors so that the hooks are lined up nicely.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Gluing the hanging bits

Hanging the Miniature Barn Doors

To hang the barn doors we took 2 blocks of wood and screwed an eye hook into each one. The blocks of wood are about 1.5 cm thick or 1/2″ so when the doors slide they don’t get stuck on the switches. It also makes it easier to add socket safety covers if you have those old wall sockets that don’t have a safety “shutters” inside. Just insert the skewer through all the eye hooks and the doors are almost ready to be hung.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Attaching the doors

All that’s left to do is glue on the hinges and some door handles. The handles aren’t really necessary but it does add to the look. We used two tear drop beads to make the handles.

Handy Hint: Beads and wot nots are perfect for adding those small, special touches to miniature projects. For some more ideas have a look at our thatch roof fairy abode and this miniature gypsy caravan.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

The sliding mechanism

The barn doors can be stuck onto the wall using double sided tape. You could probably also screw the blocks of wood into the wall if you know where the wiring goes.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

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Those little people under the barn doors were a present from my kids. Don’t you just love the expressions on their faces? It seems like they’re as dumb founded as what I was when 2016 was over.

How to build miniature barn doors to hide those ugly wall plugs. Full tutorial on the blog

Any hows, here’s wishing you a beautiful 2017 full of crafty moments and many, many beautiful new memories. Sending love and blessings as always.

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  • Posted: July 24, 2017 17:39


    Wowzers, they are super cute, Michelle! I love them and have to try and make one! You always create the most creative things I've ever seen!
    • Posted: July 25, 2017 05:49


      Awwwww Carolann, you always say the nicest things. The mini barn doors are so easy to make and I love the reaction the get when people see them
  • Posted: January 18, 2017 00:12


    Holy awesome sauce. These barn doors are sooo cute. What a great idea. WTG. Thank you. This is my first time on your site and I Love it.
    • Posted: January 18, 2017 07:29


      Thank you so much Stacy, I'm so glad you like the site :D
  • Posted: January 16, 2017 16:44


    I love this idea. Where do you find ice cream sticks that long?
    • Posted: January 16, 2017 17:41


      Hello Patricia, thank you for coming to say hi and leaving a comment. A friend of mine works at a beauty parlor and she gave me a whole bunch of these. I'm not sure which country you come from but I have seen them on ebay. Please let me know if you come right (or not). I can always try find a supplier for you.
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 10:57


      You might do a search for wooden coffee Stirers, I think this is what they are some restraunts used to use these before the coffee stir straws came out found some on Amazon but you might be able to find them in any of your local stores or restraunt supply stores. https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Count-Coffee-Beverage-Stirrers/
      • Posted: January 17, 2018 11:45


        Thanks so much Deana. I didn't realize that the longer sticks were used as stirrers
  • Posted: January 14, 2017 10:57


    This is adorable Michelle! I couldn't believe my eyes at the cuteness!
    • Posted: January 15, 2017 04:10


      I'm glad you like it Maya, thank you ;-)
  • Posted: January 6, 2017 19:10

    jodie filogomo

    This is brilliance galore!! Now I just need to be able to make it stick out enough to cover the outlet that has plugs in it!! Thanks so much for this idea! jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: January 8, 2017 08:41


      Glad you like it Jodie. If you want the little doors to fit over the plugs too, just make the blocks on the sides a bit thicker. I'd also try and put another skewer rail at the bottom so it flows slides nicely ;-)
  • Posted: January 6, 2017 12:54

    Jas @All that's Jas

    You're so creative, I can't stand it, lol. That's the cutest thing I've ever seen! Wishing you only open doors and no closed windows in 2017!
    • Posted: January 6, 2017 15:03


      LOL, thank you Jas. Now let's talk about that amazing Baklava Cheesecake you made. Wow, I'm still trying to get my laptop dry ;-)
  • Posted: January 6, 2017 04:29


    That's awesome Michelle!! No one would ever guess that those sweet little barn doors were covering a plug. That's such a great idea! The little dolls your kids made you are lovely! Wishing you an amazing 2017 friend!!!!
    • Posted: January 6, 2017 05:03


      Awww Keri, thank you so much and happy new year to you too
  • Posted: January 4, 2017 18:46


    Happy 2017 Michelle! These barn doors are the cutest ever and I can't believe they're covering a plug, now brilliant!! I always try to hide ours cause they never fit into my decor, lol, but I've never ever thought of this fantastic idea!
    • Posted: January 5, 2017 07:17


      Happy 2017 to you too Katrin ;-) and I'm glad you like the little doors. We're always trying to cover ours up too. They just look so boring.
  • Posted: January 2, 2017 21:28

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This little barn door is so cute! I love the weathered look that you gave it. Cute way to hide and outlet. I am hoping that when we remodel our master bath to put a slide barn type door on it. As of now it have louvered doors. Weird for a bath room, huh.
    • Posted: January 3, 2017 06:08


      Wow a louvered door, that is a bit strange for a bathroom, but a barn door will look amazing.
  • Posted: January 2, 2017 15:30


    What a great idea! I would have never guessed either. I was thinking a fairy house painting or something. So clever.
    • Posted: January 3, 2017 06:06


      Glad you like it Kellie
  • Posted: January 2, 2017 15:13

    Angie ~ ambient wares

    You're so creative and I love how I'm always surprised to see the size of everything in comparison. Love it and pinned!
    • Posted: January 3, 2017 06:04


      Thanks so much Angie ;-)
  • Posted: January 2, 2017 14:12

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle Happy New Year, out one door and into another. What a lovely present your kids have given you. They look so thoughtful, as if to say "What will we find behind that door?" Your craft is amazing as always. You are constantly thinking outside the box... er door. :)
    • Posted: January 2, 2017 14:16


      LOL Mary ;-) Happy New year to you too. Wishing you a year filled with patience, stretching and new doors to open in NY
  • Posted: January 2, 2017 13:17


    This tiny barn doors are so cute! I just hung a full sized sliding door. They are the best!
    • Posted: January 2, 2017 13:55


      Thank you Brianna I love barn doors. The save so much space and look amazing

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