Who’s ready for the patriotic holidays? Decorating for holidays is so fun for me. I get so excited when I can pull out all my decorations. We needed to add to our Patriotic collection and so I searched for some fun ideas. I absolutely love decorating my house with Patriotic decor. Patriotic decor matches with my shabby, vintage, fixer upper style taste. I came across a shutter decoration and thought, that would be super cute, simple and would go along with my house.
So, here’s the question, where do you go to find a shutter and for a fairly decent price? I checked out my local garage sale sites on Facebook and had no luck. Sure, I could go to my local hardware store and buy a shutter, but, I’d have to buy two and they are a little more expensive then I would like to pay for this project. I went to my local thrift stores and unfortunately, didn’t have any luck this time.
I got to thinking, where else might I go? Many years ago, I had gone to The Habitat for Humanity store in our next town over when I was looking for a specific item. Do you know what that is? It’s a store that sells used, or new materials that might have been left over from construction jobs, whether commercial or residential. Some of the items that these stores carry are doors, windows, shutters, tile, nuts, bolts, counter tops, cabinets, the list goes on and on. That was the perfect place for me to go.
My daughter and I headed out to the store and was able to find the shutter I needed for this project. I was so happy. This shutter only cost me $5.00. This is definitely a place I could have spent hours going through all their stuff and coming up with my next diy ideas. Unfortunately, my daughter wasn’t as excited as I was to be there. I will definitely add this to my list of places to check out in the near future, by myself of course.
The supply list is quite small and you will only need a few things to begin this project.
paint, spray or craft
star stickers, stencil, or die-cut stars
My shutter was black and therefore needed to be painted. I opted to spray paint it as to get as much coverage as possible and for quicker results.
Make sure and spray paint outside or in a well ventilated area. When dry, I brought it inside to begin painting the red and blue areas. There is several ways to do this, a) tape off the areas not being painted and spray paint the area with the color you need or, b) use your craft paint and paint the areas with a paintbrush. I didn’t want to have to tape off all the areas and I was afraid I may pull off the white area that I already painted.
So, I painted the red and blue areas with craft paint that I bought in the craft section of Wal-Mart. I applied several coats. Come back soon to see what other diys are in store.
Now for the stars, there’s several different ways you can add the stars. I’m not an artist and would have the hardest time trying to paint stars on the shutter. I have a vinyl cutter that I use quite often for projects and absolutely love it. I picked a star and chose the size that I would like and had them cut out. Now, you can use a stencil and stencil the stars on to the shutter or you can even use star stickers and then just cover them with a spray sealer to keep the stickers from falling off. I like that there are several different options available to use. This was a fun project.
This would be great inside or outside. If placing it outside, I would make sure to spray a sealer over the whole project to help with the elements of being outside.
This shutter can be used for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Election Day, and Veterans Day. I hope you really enjoy this simple patriotic diy.