Today, I’ve got a video and a tutorial to show you how to make DIY shutters with sailboat cutouts. I made my sailboat cutout shutters with PVC because they will last for years and I don’t need to paint them. Besides being crazy durable they are also lightweight and easy to install. Even more, these easy to make, outdoor decorative shutters are perfect for a beach bungalow or cottage style home. I choose colonial board and batten style shutters because they are perfect for this style of DIY shutter cutouts. I share my own sailboat shutter cutout design below that you can download and tips on how to make a shutter cutout if you want another design.
While I liked the concrete dolphins our home came with, I didn’t love them. Even after adding the DIY Flower Box, I thought the house needed more of something to make it cozy.
Funny thing is, I hadn’t noticed that I never finished painting around this window or removing the old hurricane shutter hardware until I was ready to install my DIY sailboat cutout shutters! Anyhoo, Ive been eyeing coastal shutters with sailboat cutouts for the longest time. But at $350+ per set of shutters it wasn’t gonna happen anytime soon!
You can make sailboat cutout shutters for about $60 a pair my friends! I made a quick video on how to make DIY shutters with sailboat cutouts so you can see how easy this project was to make. There’s also a full tutorial below with lots of additional tips and information.
How to Make DIY Shutters With Sailboat Cutouts
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Supplies needed to make decorative shutters with sailboat cutouts
- PVC boards – 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ (these boards are true sizes) You can find them at your local Home Depot.
- 1 1/4″ exterior deck screws
- Miter Saw
- Sand paper 80 grit and 120 grit
- graphite paper
- protective eyewear – I’ve been using chunky cheap ones, but love these cool ones! These protective glasses are also well rated and work over prescription eyewear! I just ordered them!
- face mask
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Step one: Measure your window and design your shutters size. You’ll see the diagram of mine below. I had to make mine a bit narrow because of hurricane shutter hardware that surrounds our front door.
Step two: Cut the shutter boards to length. I used my miter saw but a circular saw or even a jigsaw would work since these are simple short cuts.
Step Three: Assemble the DIY shutters like the photo above. Lay them on a flat surface to put them together. The cross bars will be underneath the slats so the back is facing up towards you. Measure 7″ from the bottom and draw a line. Do the same for the other end. Line up the cross bar on the inside of the line, above for the bottom of the shutter and below the line for the top.
I used paint stick pieces as spacers. You can either clamp everything in place or tack it with a brad nailer. I used my brad nailer to hold my pieces in place. Next, attach the crossbars with 1 1/4″ deck screws. I added dots in the photo where I placed my screws.
Step Four: Design shutter cutout. Feel free to use my sailboat cutout which you can find by the supply list above. If you’re planning on using another type of cutout, draw a design to cutout no wider than two of the shutter boards. Be sure your design leaves enough space to maintain the shutter boards after it’s cut out. In other words, don’t choose a design that will cut all the way through any one of the vertical boards.
Step Five: Trace the design onto your shutters. To place the design at exactly the same place on each shutter, mark each shutter 15 1/2 inches from the bottom of the top crossbar on the outside board. Use the marks to line up the lines on the sailboat diagram. I also placed marks for the spaces between the boards at the top and bottom, line these up as well. Tape the design in place at the top. Slide graphite paper underneath and trace the design onto the shutters. NOTE- be sure to turn the sailboat design over for each set. In other words, the left and the right sailboat cutouts will face each other. If you are making your own shutter cutout design, be sure your design stays within two boards and doesn’t cut all the way through any boards.
Step Six: Cut out the sailboats. Don’t forget your safety gear! Drill pilot holes into the center of the sailboat design where I did. I suspended my pvc shutters between my workbench and the end of my table saw to make it easy to work on while cutting out my design.
If you’re using a Ryobi Jigsaw, set it to precision cut and begin cutting out your sailboat design. Take your time and follow the line. Sorry for the blurry picture, I cropped it out of the video and the lighting isn’t done in my new workshop (which isn’t done yet either and is still a mess!).
Step Seven: Sand the edges of the sailboat cutout. Start with the low grit and then use the higher grit to take the sharp edges off the cutout design.
Lastly, don’t forget to vacuum up the pvc scraps and sawdust. Since it’s plastic it won’t degrade like regular sawdust! Yes- I’m loving my new Ryobi One + Cordless Wet Dry Vac! What’s not to love? It works on the same batteries as my power tools!
How to Install PVC Sailboat Cutout Shutters on Stucco
Our home is stucco over cinder block. Here’s how I installed my DIY shutters with sailboat cutouts securely.
Mark and drill pilot holes on all four corners 1 3/4″ from the top and 3 3/4″ in from the side. Hold the shutter in place and use a torpedo level on one of the cross bars to adjust the shutter until it’s level. Have another person drill or mark through the top two pilot holes. Secure the top of the sailboat shutters with bolts.
Next, drill pilot holes into the cinderblocks through the existing lower shutter pilot holes and secure with bolts. I used Tapcon bolts for masonry.
I’d love it f you pinned my DIY sailboat cutout shutters for later and shared them on Facebook!
DIY shutters with sailboat cutouts are really easy to make and install guys! These cute pvc shutters added lots of personality to the front of my house and gave it a better bungalow look too. Plus, I saved a ton of cash over buying pre-made ones!
Don’t you love shutters on a house for a cozy look? What cutout shape would you use? Share with me below in the comment section!