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Seriously Simple DIY Shutters

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We built my studio in 2004, and now it needs an update. I knew adding some DIY shutters would transform my little cottage studio into a charming oasis. Additionally, shutters can add curb appeal, thus adding value to your home.


You can see in the photo below how the window appeared before the shutters and window flower box. 


Window before window flower box and DIY wood shutters

Window before window flower box and DIY wood shutters

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How to Build DIY Shutters

Types of Wood for Shutters

Lots of wood choices will work for shutters, but the key is to water seal or paint the wood so it will last.  Building them yourself saves money as well as you can customize them to suit your style. 

Wood choices:

  • Cedar
  • Cypress
  • Pallet wood
  • Pine 
  • Deck boards

Choosing the wood was straightforward since I wanted all my wooden yard accents and structures to coordinate. Therefore we will use the same wood we used to build our gorgeous trellis, solar lanterns, birdhouses, obelisk, and window flower boxes from pressure-treated deck boards. 



  • 1 x 8 x 8 pressure treated 
  • 5/4 x 6 x 8 pressure treated (deck board)
  • Trim wood screws
  • Galvanized nails 1/2inch
  • Exterior wood glue (this one is my favorite)
  • Sandpaper 100 grit
  • Water seal


DIY Shutter lumber

Window Shutter lumber

Lumber Cuts for the DIY Shutters

You will need two cuts, 1 x 8 to length. 2 inches longer than the window trim.

Cut 5/4 board into ⅛ inch strips for the trim.



Mark the DIY shutters cutting lines

Mark the shutters cutting lines

Cutting Trim for the DIY Shutters 

We used 5/4 x 6 x 8 pressure treated (deck board) for the DIY shutter trim. To make the trim boards, we cut 1/8″ slices along the length of the board. 

Note: Another option for trim is to use 1/4″ X 1-1/2″ x 6′ pressured-treated pine lath (I found this item at Home Depot).

Mark and cut trim

Cut trim boards

Assemble The Frames

Cut trim strips to length for the long edge and attach to the face flush with the edge with glue and a few nails.

Apply glue to trim pieces

Apply glue to trim pieces

To cut the trim board for the top and bottom of the shutter place one end against the side trim and mark the cut line. 

Mark trim

Mark trim

Staple trim in place

Staple trim in place


Cut three strips for the top, middle, and bottom vertical pieces: glue and nail. Repeat this process for the center trim.

Mark the center trim piece

Mark the center trim piece

Sand rough edges if needed and apply water seal

Applying water seal

Applying water seal

Simple DIY shutters built in less than 60 minutes can add value and beauty to your home’s exterior. 

DIY Shutters ready to install

Set of Shutters ready to install

Installing the Exterior DIY Shutters

Hang with trim screws. Add spacers if hanging on the vinyl side to prevent crushing the siding. 

Note: If you are installing your DIY shutters over brick predrill into a mortar joint, add screw anchors. Attach with 2″ trim screws.

Upper install block

Upper install block

We made our install blocks the same depth as the vinyl siding but cut them an inch shorter than the shutter’s width. Install the blocks in the lowest area of the siding. 

Attaching install blocks

Install blocks for DIY shutters 


Attaching diy shutters

Attach DIY wood shutters

DIY Adirondack chair, window flower box, and diy shutters

Adirondack chair, window flower box, and DIY exterior shutters

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