This past weekend I was asked to be the spotlight at church and I wanted to showcase my sweet little girls and my love for crafting so I whipped up this DIY chicken wire frame to feature both of them. It only required a 1×3 board, some chicken wire we used for our garden a few years back and some stain and it turned out better than I thought!
What I love about this chicken wire picture frame is that I didn’t have to make any fancy wood cuts, everything is a straight edge cut. I also like that it is simple and that I could match the frame to my current decor. That means you can paint, distress, or stain it like I did. But I’d have to say the best part about my DIY chicken wire frame is that it was dirt cheap! I plan on using mine for everything from baby showers, home decor and signage for events. Throw up pictures or even some calligraphy art for a welcome sign or piece of wall art! It would also make a perfect housewarming gift for a new neighbor or as a birthday gift for a friend. So multi-functional and I love that!
I wish I could claim this idea for my own, but alas, I can’t. I got this idea from my sister-in-law, Lacie, in Michigan who has her own craft business, Craft It Custom. She makes and sells beautiful wood home decor. I know your thinking, “does everyone in her [my] family craft?!” And I’d have to say, pretty much, but what can I say, I love it!
DIY Chicken Wire Frame
This project only took me forty-five minutes (including a little dry time for the stain) and only costs about $8 (depending on what you have to use all ready) to make one so it’s perfect for an evening project or for the weekend. This frame measures 2′ X 2′ 7″ (31″). Here are the supplies and tools you’ll need:
Supplies & Tools
1- 1″x 3″x 8′ board- I got mine at Home Depot for $1.92
Chicken Wire that is slightly smaller than your frame- I recommend getting this chicken wire at Home Depot.
Stain or paint- You’ll need a very minimal amount, so I just used leftovers from my farm table.
8- 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws– This is a killer Amazon deal, which is better than I got at Home Depot.
Heavy Duty Staples
Kreg Jig- You can borrow a friends or get one like mine here. ( I was SO excited to get this as a birthday present! I have so many fun things planned! EEEeeee!)
Heavy Duty Stapler- Mine cost $10 at Walmart, but I’ll use it again for many other projects
So you’ll notice I didn’t include a saw, that’s because the people at Home Depot are happy to cut it for you! Mine has never charged me extra for two or three cuts. 🙂
- So to make it easy on myself, I cut my 8′ board into four equal pieces of 2′ each. Quick and easy.
- Next, lay out your boards.
- Using your Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes on each end of the two (inside) boards that parallel one another. Just be sure you drill on the back side of the boards. Your Kreg Jig should be set to 3/4″ and the drill collar stop should also be set to 3/4″.
- Use 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws to assemble the four pieces together.
- Sand any rough edges or ink on the wood
- Stain or paint. For this I like to do what I call a quick stain, but it can be a little messy so be sure to wear gloves. I simply take an old cloth and sometimes paper towels, dip it in the stain and wipe it on and then off so there is no excess. It’s my one and done method and works well with darker stains. If you’re using a lighter stain, you may need to let it sit like the traditional method of application.
- Let stain dry for about 30 minutes.
- Flip over and cut chicken wire to about 2 inches smaller than the outside of the frame.
- Use the heavy duty stapler to secure.
This DIY chicken wire frame is such an easy project, but does require some tools. It’s so simple and beautiful. It’s great to use for home decor because you can easily switch out what you pin to it. You can also add a little garland, like I did or even a small berry wreath for the holidays- the looks are endless!