Shutters for Displaying Christmas Cards

Thank you to everyone who left me such wonderful comments on my rustic Christmas décor! I may not have been able to reply to all of you, but I DID read each and every comment! And thank you to the rest of you who took time out of your day to look at my post.

As promised, I am sharing with you the tutorial for creating the shutter screens that I display my Christmas cards on.

I am completely obsessed with decorating my home using shutters (only I use them on the inside instead of the outside!) I have one hanging in our half bathroom and two more in our upstairs hallway dressing up a dormer window. Luckily I still had two pairs laying around.

I began by attaching three hinges to hold a pair of shutters together.

I mixed two colors of red acrylic paint together (cadmium red medium & Lucas madder red) to get the perfect Christmasy red.

A perfect Christmas red is neither too orange nor too cranberry. It is very similar to Coca-Cola red.

Factoid: Did you know that Coca-cola red is so special that the company does not share the formula for the color?

Using a 2″ Purdy paint brush, I dabbed the brush into the paint and then wiped it off on the plate. Then dry brushed the paint onto the shutters, letting the bristles skip over the slats.

I kept dry brushing the shutter until I had enough paint for it to appear red, and yet some of the dark green color still peeked through.

Here is a close up of the green paint showing through:

Then I set each screen up in the corners of our living room and used clothespins to attach the cards.

The red shutters really bring in the holiday spirit!

I’m curious, how do you display your cards each year?

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  1. I've had my eye out for a pair of shutters for ages – so far no luck!

    If I did have a pair you can bet I'd be using your idea for displaying cards. I love it.

  2. Courtney {a thoughtful place} says:

    This is great and cracks me up as I just posted about hanging our advent bags on our shutters! Well done.

  3. Whimsical says:

    okay okay I know we are supposed to be looking at the shutter in the corner but I can't take my eyes of the adorable white pom pom fringed pillow…did you make it?

  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Great idea for displaying cards and I love the red and green paint treatment!

  5. Oh, I likey! No cool way here right now… just put them in a basket. Definitely need to work on something creative like this for next year!

  6. - Brittany says:

    Thank you for your sweet comments.

    Whimsical, the pillow is from Pier 1, there is a matching throw too ;-).

  7. What a wonderful idea! I just love shutters and they look great used like that. Thanks for visiting my blog. The bird plates are from Pottery Barn. I have to say I love your decorating style too. This is just what I love!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Such a cool idea, love it!

  9. Christine says:

    love it! I have a set of shutter saloon doors in my hallway that holds all of my autographed CD inserts…..

  10. so excited! my parents brought me a shutter last time they visited, and it wasn't sure what i was going to do with it. i know now! i'm totally doing this tomorrow!

  11. I LOVE This!! I am going to try and stop by habitat for humanity on my drive home and see if I can find some shutters to take home with me! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  12. says:

    Oh how beautiful. I love this! Thanks so much, I'll be linking in an upcoming Christmas Roundup.

  13. Leslie from Onesie Twosie says:

    This is beautiful! I am a shutter fanatic and in desperate need of a new Christmas card display thingy. I linked to your tutorial here on my craft blog:

  14. Mike and Katrina @HA says:

    This is great! I just saw a picture in a magazine (no idea which one!) using shutters for cards and wanted to suggest this idea in a post I'm writing about how we display our Christmas photos and cards. In searching for a picture I found your awesome blog with beautiful pictures and this tutorial. In perusing the rest of your blog I noticed you've been featured on DIY Showoff and Centsational Girl, two blogs I follow as well. So I'm now following you and would love to share (with full credit and linkage) your picture on my next post! I look forward to future inspiration from your blog!


  15. What a great idea! I love the shutters. I just came across your blog searching for some ideas and am enjoying what I am seeing!

  16. I absolutely love this idea! I’ll be doing this for Christmas this year for sure. May I ask what do you use the shutters for in your half bath? Are they just hung on the wall for decoration?

  17. Where did you find the paint? Love it!

  18. I absolutely LOVE the red color on the blinds…it is exactly the color I have been in search of for a project I’m thinking of trying, and I was wondering if you might be able to provide me with any tips/advice since I am a total craft novice. This is my idea:

    I found this really cool wood and glass tray at my local Habitat ReStore. The actual tray part is a rectangular peice of glass, and the lip/edges of the tray look sort like a fancy antique wood picture frame. My idea is to build a shallow box that I can attach one side of the wooden fram to with hinges so that the tray will become a shallow display case of sorts, and inside I can put different holiday themed pictures or knicknacks according to the season. I can visualize the concept in my head but have absolutely no idea how to go about executing it. Here are some of the things I could use tips on:

    1. I want to mix the same two colors of red you used for these shutters, but I’m not sure I want green to be the base color underneath since I would be using the tray for all holidays (halloween/valentine’s, etc). I was thinking of maybe putting black, dark brown, white or grey as the base…any suggestions about color/paint/stain for this?

    2. What is the best way to prepare the wood part of the tray before painting? It has lots of curved edges and narrow crevices (like an antique picture frame would). Should I use stain remover and/or sand it to get rid of the existing finish?

    3. Do you have any tips for building the shallow box and attaching the tray to it to make a display case (and also how to secure the side that opens when on display)?


    • Peach27, whew. Those are some good questions. I’ll try to answer you as best as I can.

      1. The red I used was Liquitex Cadmium Red Medium and & Lucas madder red from an art supplies store. But, you might have better luck finding a swatch of red you like and having Lowe’s make you a sample pot in that color. I think brown, black, dark brown or white underneath would be very pretty. Be careful of the gray, just make sure you have enough of a contrast with the red.

      2. I’d prime the wood part with a gray or brown spray primer. Or just use whatever you have on hand. It wouldn’t hurt to rough up the surface a little with a fine grit sandpaper first.

      3. Check in on Friday, I have a tutorial for building a wooden frame/shadow box. Then you could attach the glass frame with hinges. And maybe add a little latch.

  19. pinsneedlessusan says:

    What a fab Idea, great for kids birthday cards too ! and many other uses. Regards
    Susan U.K.

  20. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching
    for merry christmas sayings


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