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Do you have a collection of old shutters filling up your storage space? Or do you want some ideas using old shutters in case you come across a set? If so, this post is for you! I’ve put together 13 creative ideas on how you can repurpose old shutters and turn them into something  amazing.

Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Shutters:

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Give an old dresser a gorgeous makeover using old shutters like Savvy Apron!


Repurpose old shutters - doggie door -11 magnolia lane

Keep your pets out of trouble by building a doggie gate from old plantation shutters like 11 Magnolia Lane.


shutters display christmas cards

Make a holiday card display with some old, tall shutters this December.


Old Shutters as backdrop on mantel

Use old shutters as a backdrop for your mantel to add a gorgeous farmhouse feel.


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Stay organized with a Shutter To-Do Board like Hunt and Host made.


old shutters as photo display

Use an old shutter to display your family photos or postcards!


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Gain some privacy in your backyard by building a fence out of old shutters like DIY Bungalow did!


Use old shutters to dress up a plain dormer window on the inside of your home.


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Shoppe No. 5 shows us how to make some amazing word art using old shutters.


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Get some inspiration for using shutters to brighten up a dark fireplace at Shabby FuFu Blog.


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Use old louvered bi-fold doors like Design Dreams by Anne to hide the clutter and make the space more beautiful.


repurpose old shutters - add character to windows in bedroom - Chatfield

Shutters can go indoors too, adding texture and contrast to a room like Chatfield Court.


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Keep your jewelry in sight and mess-free, with this beautiful old shutter jewelry organizer by Design Dreams by Anne.


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how to make a glittered pine cone door hanger

Add sparkly decor to your door this Christmas with this gorgeous door hangerEasy Glittered Pinecone Door Hanger

Hello, Pretty Handy Girl readers! Can you believe we are already one week into November! It is almost time to break out the Christmas decor, so I’m sharing a fun and easy craft to kick off your holiday decorating!

My favorite thing about Christmas is that I can decorate with lots of sparkle! I had a simple DIY wreath on my door last year but this year I wanted to do something a little different. I created this colorful glittered pine cone door hanger which has a tiny surprise hidden inside!

Easy glittered door hanger

Ready to make your own Easy Glittered Pinecone Door Hanger? Let’s get sparkly.


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If you’re like me, you may have all the materials on hand – like the pine cones collected over various hikes, mason jar lids leftover from my desk organizer project and I always have glitter in my craft arsenal. Basically, this project could be free to make!

Materials needed to make the pine cone door hanger


Before you start, be sure to clean your pine cones to get rid of all the bugs that might be lingering in them. I followed this tutorial.

Step 1 – Start by glittering the pine cones. The easiest way is to paint a bit of mod podge on the edges and sprinkle glitter over it.  I have a short video showing how easy it is to do this!

Step 2 – Attach the glittered pine cones around the mason jar lid using hot glue.

Making a glittered pine cone door hanger

Step 3 – Before adding the last pine cone, attach a bell to the mason jar lid using floral wire. Simply thread the floral wire through the bell and wrap it around the rim of the lid.

Adding a bell to a pinecone door hanger

Step 4 – Finish the door hanger by adding one pine cone in the middle to cover up the rim and bell. Add a ribbon to hang it on your door.

how to make a glittered pine cone door hanger

Did you guess what the surprise was? The door hanger jingles every time the door moves! Isn’t it a beautiful sparkly way to greet visitors?!

What do you have on your door for the holidays?

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If you are looking for more pine cone project inspiration, I think you will love this DIY Pine Cone Garland!

How to Make Pine Cone Garland


Wood Burning Cork Trivets - Great Gift Idea!!!

DIY Wood Burning Trivets and CoastersDIY Wood Burning Trivets and Coasters

Hi there, Pretty Handy Girl readers! I’m Vineta from The Handyman’s Daughter, back with another tutorial for you! Every time we host Thanksgiving dinner, we seem to run out of trivets and coasters before the turkey hits the table. This year, I’m solving that problem by making a set of trivets especifically for Thanksgiving!

By using a wood burning tool, instead of paint, the design won’t be transferred to the bottom of a hot plate or glass. These trivets would make a great hostess gift if you’re not hosting the feast this year!


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Guess what! This was my first time wood burning, yet it was really easy to learn. If you can color inside lines, you can do this!

Brush off any loose cork from the surface of your coaster or trivet. Center your stencil on top, then trace around the outside edge with a pencil.

Trace around the edge of the stencil onto your cork trivets or coasters.

Remove the stencil and touch up any spots that are hard to see.

Remove the stencil to reveal your stenciled design on the cork trivets.

Open a nearby window before you start. Wood burning cork can create some smoke, and you don’t to set off the fire alarm when you have a hot tool in your hand!

Set your wood burning tool to medium heat. (The guide I used recommended a medium-high heat for burning cork.) Personally, I’d suggest staying on the lower heat end for more control over the color.

Use the tip of the wood burning tool to fill in the small penciled areas.

Use the tip of the wood burning tool to fill in small areas on your cork trivet design.

Use the tip to outline larger areas. Once the outside edge is done, fill in the centers. Slowly drag the flat edge across the surface to burn it to your desired color. The cork will flake off if you burn it to a crisp, revealing a new layer underneath. Just repeat the process with a little less heat.

Outline the edge of larger areas with the tip of the woodburning tool.

Combine multiple stencils to create new designs!

Combine multiple stencils together to create new designs on your cork trivets.

Use the flat edge of the wood burning tip to create crisp, straight lines. Drag the wood burning tool from the edge to fill in the rest.

Use the flat edge of the wood burning tip to create crisp, straight lines.

Keep the wood burning tool as vertical as possible. If the side gets too close to the cork, it will start to burn and ruin the design. Luckily, I bought some extra trivets.

Keep the tip of the wood burning tool upright, so it doesn't burn the wrong place.

For the larger cork trivets, I cut out a few stencils with my Silhouette machine. You could easily print a design on paper and cut it out too!

Create stencils with a cutting machine or make your own out of paper.

The designs really stand out on the larger cork trivets! I love how this pumpkin turned out.

This pumpkin cork trivet is perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving themes!

I’m especially pleased with this Thankful design. I could use it year round.

Make Thanksgiving themed cork trivets for your next family get together!

No more water rings on your coffee table this Thanksgiving. . .

These Thanksgiving coasters will keep your coffee table free of water rings!

. . . or burn marks on your dining room table!

Protect your dining table with these Thanskgiving cork trivets!

Wrap up a set to give as a hostess gift, or keep them with your Thanksgiving decor for next year!

Wrap up your Thanksgiving themed trivets and coasters as a hostess gift!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Beautiful Fall Tablescapes - Decorating Your Table for Fall

21 Beautiful Fall Tablescapes - Decorating Your Table for FallBeautiful Fall Table Decorations

Fall is approaching fast! Are you looking for some inspiration for your fall table decorations this year? This collection of beautiful fall tablescapes is full of creative ideas to motivate and inspire you to create a gorgeous fall setting in your dining room.


This fresh Fall Apple Tablescape by Julie Blanner is simple, inexpensive, and gorgeous! easy-centerpiece-for-beginners-julie-blanner

A beautiful floral and pumpkin Colorful Fall Tablescape with small little pumpkins on each plate is the perfect way to decorate your table this Autumn.fall-tablescape-orange-pumpkins-pretty-handy-girl

This elegant, clean and festive White Pumpkin Centerpiece by Sand & Sisal is sure to brighten up your dining room.

Feast your eyes on this softer Green and White Table Setting by Craftberry Bush.

Fall Centerpieces with pastel Chalk Painted Pumpkins by Unoriginal Mom is so clever!

This french country inspired Fall Dining Room by So Much Better with Age is festive and elegant.

House by Hoff created this Gorgeous Fall Dining Room and Tablescape with a large glass bowl centerpiece that would look good on any table.

This amazing Blue and Yellow Seasonal Fall Tablescape by Blue I Style Blog emits pure happiness.
Blue i Style - ThanksgivingTableSquare

Gorgeous and tall, this Neutral Fall Tablescape by Design Dazzle has beautiful flowers. Don’t miss the clever addition of a birdcage.

Unique, casual and elegant, this Blue Jeans Fall Tablescape by Cuckoo 4 Design is simply lovely.

This yellow leaf and pumpkin Cozy Fall Tablescape by Shades of Blue Interiors is charming for those who want to keep things a little more casual.

This beautiful and homey Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape also by Shades of Blue Interiors covers the pumpkin in flowers; so pretty!

A fall tablescape created by The DIY Mommy with a Faux Floral Garland stretching across the table achieves a soothing and beautiful palette.

Check out this Classic Blue, Gold and White Table by Kelley Nan for a formal and stunning fall display.

A bright, beautiful and delightfully Colorful Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape and Centerpiece by Cupcakes and Crinoline.

A Simple Thanksgiving Table by My Fabuless Life uses light colors to make any table welcoming.Easy-Inexpensive-Thanksgiving-Table-Setting-MyFabulessLife.com_

This creative and casual Natural Rustic Tablescape by Postcards from the Ridge gives a sense of warmth and comfort, just beautiful.
Natural Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape-PostcardsFromTheRidge

A rustic creamy and white Farmhouse and Industrial Thanksgiving Table from AKA Design has the perfect farmhouse ambience.

A Fall Tablescape using White and Wood elements by Timeless Creations brings a natural atmosphere straight to the dinner table.
White Wood Fall Tablescape TimelessCreationsMN

Metallic and pretty, this Coastal and Casual Fall Tablescape by Artsy Chics Rule adds a little glamour to dining.
Coastal Casual Fall Tablescape Artsy Chicks Rule

Last, but certainly not least, this White Pumpkin Fall Tablescape with the wooden tray is simple, yet rustic and pretty.

I hope you like this roundup and found some inspiration for your Fall Table Decorations this season! Please share and help inspire others.

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Holiday Tablescape Tour 2016


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Pretty Handy Girl's Colorful Fall Home Tour

Colorful Fall Home Tour 2016: Part 1

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m so happy to see you again this year! This is my annual holiday home tour and each year I can’t wait to invite you in to see the decorations. (These are my home tours from 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015.) This year I tried to keep it simple, but I did take two days to make a really fun vintage sign. I hope you’ll come on in and see it (and the rest of my holiday decorating efforts.)

Before I start decorating, I like to choose a theme. This year I wanted to create a nature or woodland inspired theme. I pulled the storage bins out of the attic and assessed what I had to work with. Then, I made a list of some items I could use to fill out the room. Next stop was my local At Home store. This home tour has been sponsored by At Home. This year I’ve been thrilled to be an At Home brand ambassador. (You can see a photo tour of the At Home store in this post.

At Home Store Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

Or come take a tour of my patio decorated for a garden party using several At Home finds (feel free to stay a while if you need to shake off that winter chill by looking at summer photos.)

Outdoor Garden Patio Party Decorating Ideas | Pretty Handy Girl

Finally, you won’t want to miss this drab to fab screen porch makeover that I accomplished with help from At Home.

Installing the Most Beautiful Ceiling Fan | Haiku Copper Luxe Ceiling Fan | Pretty Handy Girl

Have you warmed up yet? Well come on inside and get cozy. I made you some hot chocolate and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies for the tour.


Did you notice the little silver twig tree? That was an At Home find, I couldn’t resist it. The little white lights make the tree glow at night. I also picked up some faux poinsettias from At Home and popped them in my 3 Step Little Red Wagon Planter.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl


May I take your jacket? You can kick off your shoes if you want to get more comfortable. The shoe storage bench and coat rack were early DIY projects. This mudroom spot is my sanity saver because it holds our daily assortment of coats, backpacks, shoes and socks!


These topiaries from At Home have seen a lot of use. I bought the unlit versions to save money and added my own lights for the holidays. But, honestly the lit versions are only $10 more, so splurge if you buy some for your home.


I decorated the shelf with some reindeer and two DIY cone trees (hot glue and moss or leaves). I also used some wall decal stars from my friend Leen the Graphics Queen (affiliate link.)


The “Post” box keeps all our epi-pens close at hand but not in sight. Anyone else have a collection of epi-pens? 😉


Come on in the living room and sit down. I just finished decorating the tree.


I brightened the tree with lots of feather boas and red ornaments. Plus, I added several of the kids’ ornaments they made in preschool. Those ornaments may not be pretty, but they are precious to us.


Want to make your own decorative bird house topper? It’s a fun little project that will satisfy your doodling desires.


I have to share with you these beautiful pillows I bought at At Home!


They look a lot like some higher end store pillows, but for much less. I especially like the faux fur pillows. They might stay on the couch year round.


Speaking of pillows, I had to buy Bandit a cozy bed from At Home. They have the best prices and selection I’ve ever seen for dog bedding. Good dog, Bandit. It’s about time you fell asleep. This dog is non-stop energy most of the time.

The other find I couldn’t resist at At Home was this pretty shell tray. They have an amazing assortment of trays in all colors, shapes and sizes.

I love using this easy to make shutter screen to display our Christmas cards each year.


This year I added a strand of lights and the vintage sled.



Did you spot my new vintage inspired sign?


I made it this week using all scraps from my workshop. Here’s the tutorial to make your own Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign!


I know I’ve probably overstated this, but At Home has everything for your home decorating! For instance, birch logs can be purchased in the wedding section of At Home. (I’m not sure why they are in that section, but they are.) They were 6 feet tall, but I cut each log into three for display by the fireplace.


I bought the white lantern from At Home to round out my collection. You may not realize it, but that little black lantern was actually transformed from a $5 dated light fixture.



A note about that metallic dot pillow—yup, you guessed it—another At Home favorite find!



Let’s head into the kitchen.



Every year, I like to make a little something I think the kids will enjoy. This year, I created a little snow scene in a cloche.


The cloche is actually the globe from a hanging light. I ditched the light and used the globe to make a fun little snow globe scene.


I used more wall decal stars from my friend Leen the Graphics Queen (affiliate link) to decorate the windows. These little stars add a festive feel in minutes.


On the other side of the kitchen is a desk aka our family command center. The raised desk was a DIY project I built using more ReStore cast offs. And the hutch was built using an old table top. . . seriously!



The little galvanized village scene was created using a variety of At Home accessories. The lighted pine cones came in a set of three and have a timer switch so they’ll shut off at night. That’s one less thing I have to turn off before bed.



I usually let my boys decorate a small tree. This year they added blue lights to this little faux ivy tree. I actually like the soft blue glow at night. My boys. . . they love to go against the grain. 😉


Thank you so much for coming over. I enjoyed your company.


Stop by sometime next week. I’ll be sharing my frugal holiday tablescape with you.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for At Home. I was compensated for my time writing this post. At Home also provided me with a gift card to purchase items to use in this post. All ideas and words are my own. I was not told what to write.


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