Introduction: Haunted House Shutters

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This is a fairly quick and effective way to create realistic, old shutters to your haunted house display.

Step 1: Assemble Materials and Tools

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You will need:
- Big sheet of cardboard (I sourced this from my local microbrewery,)
- Razor knife
- Drywall square
- Tape measure
- Spray adhesive
- Black spray adhesive
- Framing square
- Pencil

Step 2: Cut to Size

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Cut the cardboard sheet to your desired shutter size. Make sure they are the same height as the window they will hang from to create the illusion of a real shutter.

Step 3: Plan Your Cuts

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Measure once, plan twice.
I made the outside borders and middle support piece all two inches wide. My shutter slats are 1.5" wide and 0.5" apart: use your tape measure. The framing square made the measuring go quickly.

Step 4: Straight Lines = Straight Cuts

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Use the drywall square to make your pencil lines straight. Now you can really start to see your layout coming to life.

Step 5: Cutty Cut Cut!

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Let the slicing begin! Be careful with your razor as you remove the cardboard material from between the slats. I found that if you put a piece of cardboard under your shutter, it helps the razor make a cleaner cut.

Step 6: Add Depth

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Cut "extra" border pieces to give the illusion of depth. Use the spray adhesive to quickly secure these pieces to the shutter.

Step 7: Depth Added

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Step 8: Paint!

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Paint your shutter. I suggest black spray paint but you could use any color you want your haunted house shutters to be. Don't paint the shutters with too heavy of a coat; you will want some of the brown cardboard color to come through to give the illusion of age.
NOW GO HANG THESE SUCKERS ON YOUR HAUNTED HOUSE!

Comments

talecriv (author)2015-11-10

how well did they stand up to weather?? i might make these but i think i'll add some 1x2 wood as a frame on the back as i get high winds here in oct. Rain wouldn't be a problem as my facade will have a reverse roof slanting out and up toward the front instead of out and back

BooMaster (author)talecriv2015-11-10

Hi talecriv,
These stood up to our Montana weather pretty good. Adding 1x2 wood will be a good move to strengthen these shutters. The only issue I ran into was the spray adhesive releasing on some parts of the cardboard. Thanks for looking and happy haunting!

blobf1sh (author)2015-10-29

what is the god damn point of these shutters? theres isn't even a video!

paul the maker (author)blobf1sh2015-10-31

be kind you bully its a realy good idea wich only take 10 mins or less which looks so affective

BooMaster (author)blobf1sh2015-10-29

Well Blobfish, as the title says, these are to mount onto a haunted house. If you're familiar with window shutters, than you will realize these mount on either side of a window. Since they are cardboard, they can be attached to your house with a simple staple gun.
Thanks for your interest!

BLASTFEMI (author)2015-10-28

I love it! You could make eyes peeking out between the slats too!

seamster (author)2015-10-28

I really like these shutters. It's a great, simple idea and perfect for halloween decor!

BooMaster (author)seamster2015-10-28

Thank you seamster. I'm excited to get these up on my house tonight.

paul the maker (author)2015-10-28

wow so nice the perfect addition to any home for haloween. that whold make your home look so cool and its so so simple

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