DIY decorative vent cover

Is your air vent in a prime decorating spot? The one in our craft room is and we were having a hard time decorating around it without it being an eye sore. Our solution? Upcycle an old cabinet drawer front into a rustic decorative vent cover! It was a fast project that doesn’t require any major tools. We just love how it turned out!

DIY Decorative Vent Cover tutorial, make these pretty covers to customize your space on the cheap!

Wanna see the before? aka: Blah? Before... check out the DIY shutter vent cover after Let’s take a peek and see how we transformed this standard vent cover from a shabby old cabinet drawer front with the help of Elmers ProBond Advanced, shall we? Start with an old cupboard door front. We lucked out as this little guy fit the same size as our vent opening. You can nab old cabinet doors at garage sales, second hand stores or in our case, our mom’s kitchen remodel leftovers. Supplies to make your own shutter vent cover

We used a Dremel saw to carve out the inside of the cupboard door. (Another option is to use an old picture frame, which would be waaaay easier. Ha!) We bought this cute aluminum sheet metal at Home Depot. It was $18 but we only ended up using 4.5″ x 15″ so it’s worth the money if you want to do this with all your vents. You can get at least 6 vent covers from one sheet; not too shabby.

DIY Decorative Vent Cover... cover up that ugly standard vent cover with this easy tutorial!

A huge bonus with this sheet metal is that scissors will easily cut it. I was worried I would have to use tin snips but it’s thin enough that a standard pair of scissors sliced right through! Measure out the size you’ll need from the aluminum then cut it to size. Because ProBond Advanced is a multi-surface adhesive for bonding mixed materials, I was able to glue the aluminum directly to the backside of the wood. Recommended dry time is two hours but the nice thing is there is no expanding of the glue. After it’s dried, we used our pop tab trick to easily hang the new decorative vent with a small nail right above the vent opening.

DIY Decorative Vent Cover tutorial, make these pretty covers to customize your space on the cheap!

This was an easy project (the best kind, right?) and I can’t wait to make more DIY projects and home improvement ideas (as seen on Elmers Mixed Materials Pinterest board) that use this versatile glue!

DIY Decorative Vent Cover tutorial, make these pretty covers to customize your space on the cheap!

Have you used it? What would you make with it? Or rather, what wouldn’t you make with it? ;)

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  1. 1

    That’s beautiful…Seriously so much better than the regular vent!

  2. 2

    This looks so much better!! I have a terrible vent too… need to pin this to check back and make my own … one of these days:)

  3. 3

    oh my heck, that’s cute!!!! I’ve never seen that glue in Canada…. sometimes it takes a while for products to make their way up here!

  4. 4

    Um, brilliant!! Love this idea and it looks SO much better!!

  5. 5

    Very nice, the vent looks much better now than it did before.

  6. 7

    Yep love it! Ours is up high but still not super cute like this!

  7. 9

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