Quick and Easy Chicken Wire Frame

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2012

A few years ago, I was trying to come up with a creative way to display all the Christmas cards we had received… AND I was looking for a decorative piece to go above our piano.  I wanted something that was inexpensive {in case I decided I didn’t like it} and I wanted it ASAP.

My first stop was to a local craft store that always has 75-90% off clearance racks. These sales are “hit or miss” so I was thrilled to find the 90%-off rack was filled with scratched and broken picture frames… none of which had any glass left in them.

I found a huge 36″ x 48″ black frame that was really scratched up for only $9 {originally $90}!! I honestly didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with the frame, but it was the perfect size for above the piano, I love black, and I just couldn’t resist that kind of a deal!

Once I got the frame home, I used a dry brush to brush on a little gold paint around inside edge {this also covered up most of the scratches}. Then I used a wire cutters to cut a piece of chicken wire for the inside of the frame.

I simply used a staple gun to staple the wire to the backside of the frame… and I was done! 

It’s been at least two years since I made the first frame, and since then, I’ve made many more for gifts and other places around our home.

It’s just such a quick, easy, and super inexpensive project that almost anyone can do in a matter of minutes. Of course you can use different sizes and colors to coordinate with your space, and you could even spray paint the chicken wire for a completely different look.

There are SO many different uses for a chicken wire frame…

  • Use one to display Christmas cards, birthday cards, or any other type of card
  • Use one to display artwork, school projects, or other memorabilia {one for each child’s room!}
  • Use one to hang jewelry, scarves, or other light-weight accessories
  • Use one to display a collection
  • Use one to showcase your favorite family photos {maybe like a family tree or collage}
  • Give it as a gift for a newly married couple or student going off to college

And the list goes on…

I’m guessing that many of you already have an unused frame sitting around your house right now…  right! Well, with a small piece of inexpensive chicken wire and about 15 minutes of your time, you could transform that frame into a really fun piece for your home {and I guarantee it will catch people’s attention!}

What would you use this frame for?

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  1. ShellyL


    I’ve been wanting to do this forever to hold little girls’ hair bows. I’m from the South and bows are big down here. I could fill up that frame and probably have some left over. I just don’t want to buy the whole roll of chicken wire. lol But since you asked, there’s another use for it! ha 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    good idea!


  2. Alysah


    Where did you buy the chicken wire from without buying 50ft from like lowes?


    Andrea Reply:

    I purchased the whole 50ft roll 🙂 We used part of it for a garden but I still have plenty left over!


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  4. Crystal


    Just pinned to Pinterest! Love it!