Finally, I have repurposed a pair of shutters I have had since FOREVER!  A really nice lady I worked with gave me a pair of shutters and an old window to use for whatever creative purpose I dreamed up, but I was DIY blocked.  I had so many great ideas for what I could do, and I even “blog stalked” all repurpose plans.  Let me just tell you there are LOTS of beautiful projects that you can create with shutters.  I mean there was everything from photo and mail holders, wall decor, kitchen utensil holder, you name it and it has been done!

So, what did I do…

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I had some scrap wood laying around the garage like I always do, so I decided to put it to use.  I wanted something cute and fun, but purposeful...especially with the things going on in the world today.  So, here is my simple, rustic wood sign that hopefully speaks volumes just in the picture itself, and as always, it is an easy DIY project!!!


-Scrap wood pieces of your choice and size
-Scrap piece of 1/4" plywood just 1" smaller around the margin that you intend the sign to be
-stains in varying colors

The first thing to do is take your random pieces of scrap wood and lay them out onto your 1/4" sheet plywood into a pattern that you are happy with...and don't be afraid to rearrange until you get it just the way you want it.  This is BK and you can have it your way:)  (You can cut off any overhangs later)

So, once you have figured out where everything goes, draw the pattern that you would like cut-out onto the wood.  I used a heart for simplicity, but you could use a star, circle, flower, get what I mean.


At this point, you would need to cut out the design.  Having pre-drawn your design makes cutting easy!  All you have to do is cut out the design on each board individually...and this can be done with either a band saw or a jig saw.  A small Dremel tool may even work also.

After all the cuts are made, put your puzzle back together:) and then make sure it all is to your liking. 

Now, remove the loose boards and just paint the background any color you would like and allow it to dry.  Then, stain various boards different colors.  To avoid have a lot of similarly stained boards side by side, I would either pre-mark the boards or rearrange them to what the original design looks like and then stain.  To attach the boards, just simply use a good quality wood glue and WAIT for it to DRY.
For the inside message, I decided to use a pencil and write it out first.  This helps because if you make a mistake it is erasable, paint is not.

Once your message is written, paint it.  I used a bronze color for the word "Love" and "Rose" for the heart.

And the best thing about this can easily be used on a desk or even hung on the wall! Or if you have a really cute boy (sorry I'm biased), you could have him hold it for you!