First of all, I have to give my mom credit for this idea. She invented the Paper Gate and uses it at her house. Second of all, I am not a child proofing expert. This gate is not foolproof. If it doesn't feel safe enough for you and your kids, you'll know better.
My little one, Sidney, is part human-part monkey. She is nothing like Ava. Ava is cautious and careful whereas Sidney is fearless and reckless. She is constantly hurting herself. So when we moved into our home, I knew we needed to close off the steps.
I wanted a gate in my front entry way that was cute and wouldn't ruin the wood on my banisters and spindles. To make this Paper Gate, I cut out one side a large shipping box and covered it with wrapping paper. I secured it to the spindles using sticky Velcro. Works like a charm!