Ginger Snap Crafts: Easy DIY Shutter Headboard {tutorial}

Easy DIY Shutter Headboard {tutorial}

This post is brought to you by We R Memory Keepers.

Hello! How was your weekend? Ours was fantastic! We worked together as a family on a few projects, had some amazing weather & got to spend some quality time together. That’s always nice. ;) A few weekends ago my hubby & I worked on this easy DIY shutter headboard for our master bedroom. We used shutter memo boards from We R Memory Keepers. I kind of LOVE it! So I’m excited to share the EASY tutorial with you today so you can make one too. So keep reading! :)

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I love these shutter memo boards from We R Memory Keepers. They are awesome. I have two red ones hanging in my kitchen. I got to looking at those, did a few measurements & realized that 4 of them put together would be the perfect size for a headboard on our queen size bed in our master bedroom. Awesome! So here is how we did it! :)

You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
(4) We R Memory Keepers shutter memo boards ~ I used the heavy distressed grey. (They also have red, mint, cream & grey.)
wood filler
sand paper
spray paint in a matching color ~ I used Krylon ColorMaster Primer in Ultra Flat gray.
wood stain ~ I used MinWax Golden Oak.
nail gun & finishing nails
stud finder

First, I removed the knobs on the bottom of my shutters. Filled the holes left behind with wood filler. Let dry overnight. Then the next day I sanded over the wood filler until smooth. Then I applied one coat of spray paint over the entire shutter. Let dry. Then I gently sanded back over the distressed areas. Then I added some wood stain with a rag. Then let I let it dry completely. Now we are ready to hang these up! :)

nail gun

Using a stud finder we marked lightly on the wall where the studs were so we could have a general idea of where we should nail the shutters up at. (TIP: Remove the hangers that come screwed onto the back of shutters before putting them up. You won’t need them for this project.) Then using a nail gun & some finishing nails we simply nailed the shutters to the wall. We used a couple of nails along the top & a few along the bottom, too. Use a level to make sure your shutters stay nice & straight. This is a two person job. ;)

make your own headboard

Since these shutters are nice & very distressed already you couldn’t even tell where the nails have gone into the shutters. Even if you look really, really close! ;) Yay! I was a little worried about that before we go started! ha! ;)

DIY headboard

You might of noticed that we hung our shutters “upside” down. My hubby thought it looked better that way. The shutters look like they are closed instead of opened. I was good either way. I’m not picky. ;)

head board out of shutters

I love how it turned out! Seriously that was a 20 minute project not counting the painting part. ;) You can’t beat that at all! :)


If you would like to make a headboard just like mine you can get 20% off shutter memo boards (& everything else!!) at when you use the code GINGER at checkout. Sweet! :) You can keep in touch with We R Memory Keepers on facebook & over on their blog. :) Oh & if you want to see what our headboard looked like before go {HERE}. :)

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  1. I LOVE it too! I love shutters! The possibilities are endless. :)

  2. I LOVE THIS TUTORIAL and am looking to create the same look for my apartment! What kind of nails did you use? And do you have any tips if I need to cut the shutter board?

    1. The nails where the kind made especially for our nail gun. Seems like they are about an inch & a half long or so. Sorry I don't know exactly what they are called! If you need to cut your shutters just make sure you sand them & then repaint.I would hang the cut end toward the bottom. That way the pillows will hide any imperfections. I'm sure it will look amazing!


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