Have you heard the big news? I now have a redheadcandecorate.com DIY Home Decorating & Cooking Group on Facebook and it’s grown into a really nice place to visit (click blue link to join). However, now that Christmas is over, everyone is rather quiet in there and I really want to cheer them up. So, this is for you guys! I want you to know that Winter decor can be just as fun as holiday decor. Welcome to my “Repurposed Snowman Shutter”…
With this bitter cold Winter upon us, I know it’s probably difficult to imagine Summer, but remember last Summer when my husband and I took down our old shutters and replaced them with stained cedar shutters? Well, you didn’t think I could let those shutters go to waste did you? No way, not me, uh uh.
Okay, so I saved 4 of them (the others fell apart) and had big plans of making an entire “snowman family” (like my family of 4) for when after we thinned out our trees. I thought they would look super cute amongst the trees we saved. Well…after I realized how heavy these babies were, I knew doing 4 would be a lot of work and would take up too much space in my house. I’ve been working inside because it’s just too darn cold out in the garage. So, I decided 1 was enough and I can always sell the others at my garage sale this May.
That’s what the wood shutter looked like when I began. Keep in mind if you would like to make a “Repurposed Snowman Shutter” and don’t have a shutter you could always use a plain wood board instead. Just have your local lumber yard cut you the size you want.
Isn’t he just so cute? The photo above is obviously the front of our house after the big tree thinning makeover, and the one below is out back by the icy water. Ironically, the snow melted the day before the photo shoot because a heat wave came through. Of course today when I’m writing this we have another 3 inches on the ground. I guess this proves that the snowman looks good even without a snowy background. He’s actually quite sharp!
If you look closely, I’m sure you can probably figure out how I made him, but I’ll go through the steps, just in case. At first I was disappointed that the black for the tophat didn’t cover darker, but then I decided I really liked the rustic look. You also may want to note that I used a real carrot 😯 .
REPURPOSED SNOWMAN SHUTTER DIRECTIONS
- Once you have a shutter, sand off any dried bugs, or old chipped paint.
- Paint the entire shutter with exterior white paint that has primer in the paint. I did 2 coats.
- Screw or glue your “hat rim” to the shutter on a diagonal. I used a 1×4 scrap piece of pine board. I didn’t measure, I just attached it where I thought it would make it look more like a top hat.
- Paint the rim of the hat and the hat with exterior black paint. I put on 2 coats, and it still didn’t cover, but I liked it.
- Sand the white part of the snowman (I did by hand) so it gives a rustic appearance paying special attention to the edges.
- Use a large drill bit to drill a hole in the spot you would like the nose (carrot) to be wedged in. Have some big carrots on hand to stick in that hole especially if you have deer 😯 . (You could always use a toy carrot, or an orange spray painted stick.)
- Glue 2 large buttons for the eyes (glue is advertised below).
- Wrap a scarf around him.
- Under the scarf on each side, drill small holes on a diagonal into the side of the shutter for the twigs to stick into. Glue them in there if you desire.
- Drill holes to add your favorite cabinet knobs for his buttons.
- Glue on a dollar store snowflake and gem for his hat.
- Frosty is ready.
- TIP: When I placed him out by the tree for good, I wrapped wire around him and the tree so he wouldn’t fall. I also plan on replacing the carrot often when I get the mail for our very cold & hungry deer. I bet this one is already gone.
Happy shutter hunting!
UPDATE DEER FEEDER: HERE IT IS AFTER THE DEER ATE THE CARROT:
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