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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shutters for Displaying Christmas Cards

Thank you to everyone who left me such wonderful comments on my rustic Christmas d├ęcor! 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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At December 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Robin said...

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.

At December 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM , Blogger Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

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

At December 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Whimsical said...

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?

At December 1, 2010 at 6:24 PM , Blogger Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

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

At December 1, 2010 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Tys said...

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!

At December 1, 2010 at 8:40 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Thank you for your sweet comments.

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

At December 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

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!

At December 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Such a cool idea, love it!

At December 2, 2010 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous Christine said...

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

At December 2, 2010 at 8:59 PM , Blogger kaw said...

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!

At December 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM , Anonymous Lindsey said...

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!

At December 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM , Blogger said...

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

At December 10, 2010 at 12:08 AM , Anonymous Leslie from Onesie Twosie said...

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:

At December 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM , Blogger Mike and Katrina @HA said...

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!



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