Sep 03

DIY Shutter Letter Holder

DIY Shutter Letter HolderI did a post about 2 years ago on my previous blog, and re-posted it here, but I thought it was time to talk about this cute and functional letter holder again! It is one of the most asked about wall-pieces at our house. And to be honest, it was by far one of the easiest to make.
We use it for all of our fun mail- the stuff you can’t just throw away and really want to display. I found my shutter at a garage sale. To hang it on the wall, Eric attached a piece of wire to two small nails on the back.


DIY Card Holder
Shutter Letter HolderI used Martha Stewart’s Crackle paint from Home Depot. This stuff goes on sale all the time, so hopefully you can catch it clearanced at your local store. I included the putty knife in the picture as a reminder that this paint should not be applied with a paint brush! DIY Card HolderI love the finish that the crackle paint gives- it’s a rustic finish that regular paint just can’t offer. Crackle PaintSo next time you stumble upon a shutter, snatch it up and make a letter holder!


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  1. Roxanne

    Great idea! You can place all those new pics of Charlotte there as well. Lots of love

  2. Erin

    Love this! Did you have to sand and primer first or did you just put the paint right on?

    1. Kelli

      Hi Erin! I just put the paint right on it! It’s held up well over time just doing it that way.

  3. Taylor

    Love this! Do you ever have a problem with the letters falling through? how did you hang it?


    1. Kelli

      Thanks Taylor! I don’t have a problem with the letter falling through because I only opened the slats slightly. My husband put two small nails on the back of the shutter and then tied wire from one nail to the other as a hanger (much like you’d do on the back of a frame). If that doesn’t make sense, I can take a picture and update the post to explain!

  4. Oksana


    I wonder if you secure the back of the shutter somehow? Do the letters fall from the other side?

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