July 4th Decor: Patriotic Painted Shutters

Posted by Morena Hockley
Transform old shutters from the thrift store into a beautiful piece of patriotic decor for the 4th of July.

I just love to craft with thrifted items! It's fun to reimagine something that was no longer needed and turn it into a bit of home decor. That's exactly what I did with these mini shutters that I found at a local thrift store. These small shutters measure about 15 inches long, but you could do the same thing with full size shutters, which I see all the time at thrift stores. With a little paint those old shutters turned into a fun piece of patriotic decor!


  • Shutters
  • Craft Paint
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Star Die Cut
  • Sealant or finishing spray

Clean the shutter and wipe off all dust and dirt. If the shutters are slick or plastic, you may need to sand them lightly to help the paint adhere.

Paint every other slat on the shutter white. I used two coats of paint.

Paint the rest of the slats red. Again, two layers of paint should suffice.

Paint the frame of the shutter blue.

Die cut two stars from white adhesive vinyl. Peel off the paper backing and attach the stars to the blue part of the shutter. Press them down firmly.

To keep my vinyl from peeling off and to give the shutters a professional, finished appearance, I sealed my project with a brush on varnish. You could use a spray on sealant or whatever product you have in your craft stash. This shutter makes such a fun decorative piece, doesn't it? I think it would look great on a mantle. It would also make really fun table decor for a food table at your Fourth of July party. Have fun crafting and creating!