how to make wood shutters for your house

You want to learn how to make wood shutters for your house?  Today I’m your gal.

We live in a super windy city, and over the summer a particularly vicious storm ripped off what was left of the plastic window shutters on the front of our house.  The plastic cheap-os have been driving Viktor crazy forever, so he decided to take action and make some wood shutters on his own.

You cannot BELIEVE how easy this project was.  Peasy.

shutters for the house

The new wood shutters on the front of the house make the curb appeal so much greater, and they took literally one afternoon to make.  In fact, we loved the new version so much we plastered the entire house with wood shutters over the course of a slow weekend.

And as always, when I say “we” I mean Viktor and the children.  I usually sit inside the air conditioned house working and come out to approve the final project.  We’re a good team Viktor and I.

Here’s how it went down:

Step 1:

Buy fence slats from Home Depot.  {this is not sponsored; we spend half our earnings at that bloody store, including the supplies for these wood shutters}

home improvementStep 2:

Assuming you have a wood saw {or someone you love has one}, measure and trim the rugged ends off the fence slats.  We used three across to make our shutters.

Step 3:

Measure the width of the shutters, including your preferred spacing between them, and cut two short slats to go across the front.

wood slatsStep 4:

Once you’re happy with the way it’s all lined up, it’s time for the nail gun.  The nail gun is the best part of any project, it really burns that aggression.


Alleged aggression.

Put a bunch of nails into the two thin slats across the front of the shutters, until you get this:

wooden shutters

Ta da!  Wood shutters.


Step 5:

Flip the shutters over, and using a hammer flatten all the nails sticking out.  Those will scratch stuff up, and nobody needs that.

sexy legs

Step 6:

Show off the fabulous legs God gave you. {Sexy husband sold separately}


That’s it.

You can see that we made a good handful of these to shutter every window in the house.

What you choose to do with the shutters is up to you.  You can stain them, leave them, paint them, oil them.  It’s your rodeo, not mine.  We chose to slather ours in waterproof black oil paint.  We need all the weatherproofing help we can get for our house.  The wind is insane, really.

wood shutters

They make a huge difference to the aesthetic of the house, so much so that they almost make up for the lack of a white picket fence.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} :

    They look fabulous!!! Your hubby is soo handy!!! And don’t be jealous, I have a white picket fence, but no shutters.

    • Allison :

      I love the handiness. Ha. Handiness. But I do want the fence, and I’m jealous you have one.

  2. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims :

    Ohhh one of the houses hubby-to-be and I were looking at doesn’t have shutters. I never even thought of doing them myself! great idea :)

    • Allison :

      You can do almost anything yourself. Seriously, the internet is full of tutorials. Do it!

  3. Erin @ Brownie Bites :

    Now that is an absolutely fabulous idea. Wow, I never thought it would be so easy! They look fantastic!

    • Allison :

      Erin, I was floored at how easy it was. Seriously, and not expensive either! Love that.

  4. Michelle :

    Awesome!! I love my husband very much – handyman skills would sure be a bonus!

    • Allison :

      They’re one of the top perks of this guy, the handiness.

  5. Jessica@nucheysmommy :

    These look great & fairly simple…..I love simple :)! Visiting from TipJunkie

    • Allison :

      Super simple. Thanks for telling me where you came from, I appreciate it.

  6. Michal :

    Design addendum: The reason that I used the extra-long staples is to intentionally knock them down later and therefore ‘lock’ the staple in so it does not wiggle out with time.

    The more you know ===?

    • Allison :

      Good to know.

  7. Angie Simonsen :

    Found you via Tip Junkie. These are GREAT and I love that they are completely customizable – as are most DIY projects. I am wondering though – how did you (or that nice looking legged man) attach them to the house? That’s my biggest concern…?
    Thanks for the great post!

    • Allison :

      Angie, screws. We screwed them straight into the siding.