Super Simple DIY Shutters

DIY Wood Shutters--Great Beginner Project

I have a friend who introduced me to another friend.  Now, I guess we are all friends.  Things just work that way, don’t they?


Anyway, this friend of my friend’s is a blogger over at Fun Home Things, and she recently bought herself a “she shed” for her new blogging office. And can we all just agree it’s the cutest thing ever?


So she asked for some shutters for it a long time ago and I’ve been slacking and just now got around to making them.  But I don’t know why it took me so long because I had them knocked out in a couple hours.  It’s always the quick projects that are so easy to put off forever, isn’t it?


So, without further blabbering from me, here is a simple formula for making shutters.  I promise, you will be done in no time 🙂  And all you need are some 1x4s, screws, glue, and an outdoor finish.  Easy peasy…let’s get started.


1. Cut the boards to size.

wood for shuttersCut three 1x4s the height you want your shutters and two pieces of 1×4 at 10 1/2″ long FOR EACH SHUTTER.  She had three windows, so needed 6 shutters total.  So I cut all the pieces at one time.


2. Finish the wood before assembling.

This isn’t absolutely necessary, but I think it makes things easier later.  I stained these with an outdoor deck stain (Olympic Canyon Brown Wood Toner–affiliate link).  We have used this on all my outdoor furniture and I love the color.  Since these shutters will be outside, I suggest you use a good outdoor sealant or good outdoor paint.  I stained before assembling so the stain and sealant would get on all the surfaces and between the boards as well.


3. Assemble the shutters


I used glue and screws to assemble the shutters.  I laid out the three long boards and clamped them together.

Long boards for shutters ready for assembly

I measured 6 inches in from each side and drew a mark with my speed square.  This is where I want to line up the short boards.  I put glue on the short boards and tacked them in place with my nail gun.  You could use hammer and nail here.  Basically, you just want to hold this board in place so you can flip it over.  Clamps would work as well.

Glue on stretcher

tack in nail

Now flip it over so that it is face down on the work surface.  Use 1 1/4″ EXTERIOR deck screws and screw three screws into each short piece to connect the three long boards to them.  PS I forgot to stain the backs of these boards prior to assembly.  I forgot to take my own advice.  I stained the backs later.

Screw stretcher on from back

Now your shutters are ready to go.

shutters assembled

4. OPTIONAL Add nailheads to front


For a little extra detail, you can add these super cute nailheads to the front of the shutters.  They are actually upholstery tacks.  Who knew, right?  I got mine at Hobby Lobby in the fabric/sewing department.  They have several styles.


Upholstry tacks

Simply tack the nails onto the front of the boards with a hammer.

nail in tacks

They add so much detail.  Totally worth the extra couple bucks.

shutters complete stain drying

tack close up corner

Now, before you hang them, be sure to stain the back if you haven’t already (looking at myself on that one…).


To hang them, I used 2 1/2″ outdoor deck screws and screwed them into the siding.  I used 4 screws per shutter.


Here is her adorable office before the shutters.  It’s cute even without them.

before shutters

But, then look how much cuteness they add once they are up on the windows?

front at angle

whole front side

vertical right side

vertical left side

close up fron

front porch angle

left shutter

shutters at angle

See how cute?!  I know, right?  These simple projects can have such a big impact.


So, now I want to know…what do YOU think of the new shutters?  Let me know in the comments below!


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These super simple DIY shutters are such a quick and easy project, but will add so much character to your windows!  You've got to check these out!

PS You guys, I am in the process of trying to set up an Etsy shop and I also currently take orders for custom items. Please spread the word!  I would be happy to build your next favorite piece of furniture 🙂

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8 Comment

  1. Cecilia
    July 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Adorable! I’ve been after my husband to make shutters for our house…just like these! Going to show him this post! What a difference they made on the shed. Looks great!

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      July 25, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thank you!! They are so easy to make…maybe you can talk your husband into it soon 😉 Good luck!

  2. Deanne
    October 14, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Where are your mounting screws? They don’t show in the picture.

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      October 14, 2016 at 7:09 am

      I screwed them in with two screws right under the bottom horizontal piece and two screws right above the top horizontal piece. This way they are pretty well hidden.

  3. Robin
    April 13, 2018 at 8:38 am

    So you used plain 1×4’s not cedar?

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      May 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Yes, for this project, I used plain 1x4s (spruce wood) and used an outdoor sealant on them.

  4. Michelle Casto
    May 29, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    What type of sealant did you use? I used minwax stain and am wondering what type of sealant would work best for stained untreated wood.

    1. Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      June 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      I always use Minwax Polycrylic. It’s a water based poly so it’s easy to apply, and clean up and it doesn’t yellow over time.

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