The Chicken Chick®: DIY Holiday Shutter

Dec 9, 2013

DIY Holiday Shutter

Last winter I made a holiday wreath for the front door of our house, which ultimately found its way to the chicken coop, so it's only fair that this year, the decoration intended for the chicken coop would end up inside our house. Both projects were made from re-purposed materials, found objects or items gathered in the backyard. The good news is: this project cost nothing. The bad news is: I contracted a mild case of poison ivy while foraging for supplies. I'll live.
gratuitious cute chicken picture
a shutter
paint & brush
utility shears
ribbon remnant
*one or two mending braces
a flexible branch
a Christmas ornament (made from cardboard,Modge Podge & sheet music)
fresh greenery: pine, balsam fir, etc. (skip the poison ivy )

I rescued this shutter from the landfill last year and rescued it a second time from being tossed out by Mr. Chicken Chick in his semi-annual basement purge.
The mending brace was screwed to the back of the shutter to keep it from closing and the saw tooth picture hanger, attached to the top, back of the shutter.
The shutter was painted with some leftover paint I found in the basement.
If the shutter is to be used outdoors, it should be sealed with a clear acrylic or lacquer.
Bend a thin, flexible branch into a circle and fasten together with floral wire. 
Bundled little bunches of greenery together with floral wire (as shown below)
Wire each to the circle frame all the way around. 
I added the berries after the wreath was assembled, but they can be bundled in with the greenery.
While making these vintage Christmas trees, I traced the outline of a chicken onto cardboard, cut it out and applied the sheet music to it with Modge Podge as demonstrated here
Attach an ornament to the top of the wreath with floral wire so it hangs in the middle of the wreath.

Secure ribbon to the wreath with floral wire.
Secure wreath to shutter with floral wire by stringing it through the front of the shutter and around one of the hinges.
Happy Holidays!


  1. Lady Locust12/9/13, 9:16 PM

    That is fabulous! The wreath is beautiful, and the chicken in the middle is absolutely perfect.

  2. TheChickenChick12/9/13, 9:17 PM

    Thank you JoeyLea. :)

  3. So beautiful the red really brings them back to life

  4. TheChickenChick12/10/13, 12:29 AM

    Thank you. I think so too. Festive!

  5. very pretty! I love it

  6. This is really cute! I'm glad that you were able to rescue it from the Mr.! This would look really good in my family room - now if I can just find some shutters to rescue........ :)

  7. The unidentified piece of hardware is a mending brace in case anyone needs to ask for one at the hardware store :)

  8. kountrygoddezz12/10/13, 12:28 PM

    really nice

  9. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose12/10/13, 6:45 PM

    Nice job! love the red shutter ;-)

  10. TheChickenChick12/10/13, 6:51 PM

    Thanks JoAnn. :)

  11. TheChickenChick12/10/13, 6:54 PM

    THANK YOU, Tammy!! I knew someone would help me out with the terminology! :)

  12. TheChickenChick12/10/13, 6:57 PM

    Thank you! Shutters are easy to find when you're not looking for them! lol

  13. Beautiful work! The red shutters really helps the wreath pop. I'm hosting a giveaway for a beautiful chandelier that you should enter!

  14. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint12/12/13, 7:43 PM

    Kathy!! I love them both. How adorable, I have to *pin* these. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  15. TheChickenChick12/12/13, 8:21 PM

    Thanks Denyse. :)

  16. Would love one of these!!

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  18. Tessica Reynolds12/15/13, 10:57 AM


  19. Debi Bolocofsky12/17/13, 5:18 PM

    This came out so cute. I love the red. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.

    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  20. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on home improvement. Well, I have something to share too. There's this site that sells exterior wood shutters for affordable prices. It would be great to check them out in case you need some.

  21. Susan Fischer12/21/14, 8:10 AM

    Very pretty!