I recently shared our interior before and after paint colors. One of those rooms included our family room. Our minds were blown with the before and after when we removed the shutters. But with the open exposed windows, I found a way to repurpose wood shutters into crafts.
We sold most of the shutters online but were left with a stack of replacement shutter slats from the previous owner.
The slats are a crafter’s dream because of their horizontal shape and primed and painted (or stained) wood.
Don’t have a stash of shutters or extra slats? These repurpose ideas work for scrap wood too! Or, if you want a more finished wood the balsam wood at Michaels is an easy surface to personalize your own signs for wreaths too.
I repurposed these shutter slats that my husband had already deemed “disposable” into darling signs I use year round in my wreath.
How to Repurpose Wood Shutters
For these wood signs I used my vinyl cutter, but stickers work just as well and everything pops with a coat of paint!
The repurposed shutter slats made their way outside when I made this for our backyard gate. Etsy offers a variety of custom vinyl signs on Etsy for a nominal fee.
The best part of shutter slats is flexibility and unlimited creative use. It became a fun way to create additional signs for other seasons.
Tip: When I painted the first shutter castoff red I lined up a few shutter slats because I knew I could use red paint for the summer, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
I buy red plates at HomeGoods for the same reason. #wink
I love the idea of repurposing everyday items and objects that may otherwise be tossed. Check out my other upcycle projects here.