Repurposed Snowman Shutter


Have you heard the big news?  I now have a 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.

Exterior Cedar Shutters

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

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.

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

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.

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

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!

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

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 😯 .


  1. Once you have a shutter, sand off any dried bugs, or old chipped paint.
  2. Paint the entire shutter with exterior white paint that has primer in the paint.  I did 2 coats.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sand the white part of the snowman (I did by hand) so it gives a rustic appearance paying special attention to the edges.
  6. 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.)
  7. Glue 2 large buttons for the eyes (glue is advertised below).
  8. Wrap a scarf around him.
  9. 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.
  10. Drill holes to add your favorite cabinet knobs for his buttons.
  11. Glue on a dollar store snowflake and gem for his hat.
  12. Frosty is ready.
  13. 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.

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

Happy shutter hunting!

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!


This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!

This Repurposed Snowman Shutter is so cute and makes perfect home decor for before, during, and after the holidays!










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38 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    I love this. You are so clever!

  2. JaneEllen says:

    One nice thing with the winter weather you have can keep your snowman out for while yet. What a wonderful use of an old shutter. You are so imaginative to make something old into something cute and decorative, love it.
    Would think western CO would have lots of snow, usually do, just not this year. We had small snowfall just before Christmas but it melted with our 40+degree temps..Had another quick rain/snow but also melted and made lots of mud. Not fun with a dog in house who hates having his feet cleaned. He’s 70 lbs. of muscle which makes it hard on two old people to hold him, lol. He doesn’t like his coat either but to keep him from rolling in mud and grass we put it on him. Such fun.
    Happy New Year.

  3. Dad says:

    You did it again, you are a thinker, and a planer, never run out of ideas, plan your work, and work your plan, love, Dad in NY.

  4. Peggy Pasicznyk says:

    What a great idea!! Have been a long time follower! Love getting your posts.

  5. Nancy says:

    My kind of guy. Slim, trim. Easy to store! I’ve been hinting for a snowman and MAYBE my clever Mr. P will come trough with this one. Thanks so much!

  6. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Your ‘Winter Frostman’ or ‘Frosty’ is adorable and looks so darn cute leaning up against your tree.
    Great job on repurposing one of your shutters. Snowman family would be adorable sitting out among the trees.

    • Julie says:

      You’re tempting me Colleen ?

      • ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

        Make the most of your shutters by using both sides.
        Snowman painted on one side and maybe a Fall / Halloween picture on the back side or paint a Santa face on one side and an elf on the other.
        For smaller version; cut shutters across in the center for the little snowman or whatever.
        By painting and using both sides you can get more use out of them. :}

  7. Stephanie says:

    Loving Frosty he soo cool.

  8. Kathy Grey says:


  9. Julie says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! Your brain is always working! ha

  10. Shirley says:

    Love this! HappyNewYear!

  11. va in nc says:

    Love It!!!!!

    Your ideas are so great and can be managed on limited
    budget. Cant wait to do this one….just sorry got rid of
    old shutters….but I will find a piece of wood. lol

  12. Ann says:

    Hi Julie,
    This is so adorable, I love how you never let anything go to waste and repurpose everything. You are amazing:-)

  13. littlepinkdaisy says:

    I like it, that is super cute!

  14. Kyle says:

    Super cute!

  15. becky says:

    Whoa Julie, this Snowman is charming! I love that he has a real carrot nose (thinking ahead for your hungary deer, how thoughtful of you!)….he has style too, with his jeweled snowflake & his cool scarf! ~ U have done it again with a creative thoughts ~ I so love this!!

  16. Doris Raab says:

    He is SO cute!!

  17. Chris says:

    Adorably cute & sassy!! Must have one, even in sunny (except for fires and mudslides!) southern California!

  18. Ivory says:

    This is amazingly cute. I love it! Will start looking for old shutters. I love both, but I especially love where you have the one placed by the lake. It something about water and trees that I just love. I love the idea of placing all over the yard where the trees you had thinned out, your chipped trees mulch. It looks so nice Julie, especially, AMONST the trees in that area. (Sorry go of track). My son and I would love to look outside and see those cute snowman, especially since its so cold outside, the snow is frozen.

  19. Jauquetta says:

    He is beyond charming! Makes me laugh every time I look at him! Am going to copy your snowman. I guess you could use a plastic carrot from the craft store.

  20. carol bittner says:

    Love your shutter snowman; very clever. Winter is such a long season and can decorate ‘forever’ it seems! I love snowmen and snowladies; so cute. They look so cuddly (TOO COLD TO CUDDLE ANYONE OR ANYTHING IN OUR WINTERS) Well, hubby not included I guess lol

  21. Bette Querin says:

    Hi Julie:

    Never thought about painting a shutter for a snowman! So cute, I’m not crafting as much anymore, we moved to a smaller home and don’t have the room for a lot of my craft supplies. But I do what I can, with what I’ve got left.
    I have a small tree and might make a small showman, if I do, I’ll send you a photo.

    Cheers, Bette

  22. […] in the the mood to decorate for the holidays.  Are you ready, or no?  I pulled last year’s repurposed snowman shutter dude out of the basement a few days ago, and he looked at me with those big bedroom button eyes and […]

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