I love chicken wire…it just kind of fits with my whole flea market/thrift store vibe that I have going on in my house. I’ve seen all kinds of darling uses for it lately, too:
I’ve also seen so many cute display frames that other bloggers have made to show off photos, hair bows, holiday decor, and the like. I figured it would be easy enough to try my hand at making one, using a frame that I bought at the thrift store. I popped out the picture–which was actually a kind of cute and retro kids’ picture, so I mailed it to Amy in case she can use it in her little girl’s room–and kept the white, distressed frame exactly the way it was.
By the way, I bought my roll of chicken wire at Home Depot. It was in the same aisle as the chain link fencing. The smallest roll was about $8 and I only used a teensy bit, but I figure I’ll make something else with it one day. Or, I’ll build a chicken coop!
I didn’t buy tin snips (aka aviation shears) because I decided to use my pruning shears instead. They’re almost on their last legs, anyway. I simply cut out the chicken wire to fit the back side of my frame, using the shears, and then used my staple gun to secure it in place. Watch out for that chicken wire–it’ll scratch the heck out of you!
My picture frame came with the little screw-in hooks and a wire on the back for hanging, already, otherwise that’s exactly what I would’ve added to hang this one the wall.
I used tiny clothespins (I bought them at Hobby Lobby) to hang pictures, business cards, etc on my new frame. Much cuter than a bulletin board, I think!
Now, here’s a cute alternative from my super-crafty friend, Megan. She let me photograph her new (old) home in 2010 when she hosted a Christmas open house. You can check out her awesome style HERE.
Meg found a great old window shutter at the Cameron antique fair in Cameron, NC, and decided to give it new life as a photo display in her daughter’s room. Here’s what she started out with:
And after a coat of spray paint, some pom pom trim, and a couple rows of wire, here’s what she wound up with:
How’s that for fun? And instead of using chicken wire, like I did, she used the screw in hooks and a couple of rows of wire, strung horizontally, to create a totally different look (see below). How cute and creative!
You really could use almost any trim you wanted to jazz this up…
Thanks for sharing your creativity with us again, Megan!
I have been dying to make a frame with chicken wire but I havent come across a frame that I want to use yet… Le sigh. But one day! Yours turned out great!
Thanks for stopping by, Katie. Hang in there–you’ll find the right frame soon!
Love chicken wire and have been dying to make something with it! I love your little memo board….it turned out so cute!
PS. I am now following you on Google….hope
you will follow me back :o)
Hi, Des–Love your blog! Happy to be your newest Linky Follower. 🙂
Inspire Me Heather says
Great post and your frame turned out fantastic! I’ve linked this to my chicken wire post too today, well done!
Thanks, Heather. Love your post–chicken wire rocks, doesn’t it?!
Amy Renea says
Love these projects! Chicken wire is so versatile and love the projects you rounded up – really unique!
Thanks, Amy! I’m glad you stopped by!