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DIY Frame With Chicken Wire for Pictures

This step by step guide will help you create a frame with chicken wire for pictures. 

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OVERVIEW

  • Estimated Completion Time: ~3 hours
  • Experience Required: Low
  • Tools Required: Staple Gun, Wire Cutters, Pliers, Sandpaper, Tape Measure
  • Materials Required: Chicken Wire, Frame, Paint, Packing Tape, Fabric (optional)

 

STEP 1) Measure Up

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  • Measure the inner size of the frame with a tape measure.
  • Make sure that you get enough mesh to cover the measured size. 

 

STEP 2) Ready the Frame

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  • Remove everything from the frame (glass or backing for example).
  • Slightly sand it so it is ready for painting.

 

STEP 3) Paint the Frame

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  • Paint the wood by hand or spray paint and let it dry.
  • If you would like, you can give it a second coat of paint, then let dry again.

 

STEP 4) Distress the Paint

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  • If you want to give it an aged look, you can distress it – sand it again to take some of the paint off.

 

STEP 5) Cut the Mesh

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  • Cut out a slightly bigger piece of the chicken wire than the size of the frame you previously measured.
  • Use gloves and a wire cutter for the job.

 

STEP 6) Attach the First Side of the Mesh

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  • Start by securing one side of the mesh to the frame.
  • Staple along the side from top to bottom at every second hole.

 

STEP 7) Attach the Top

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  • Once the side is done, attach the mesh along the top.
  • By attaching in an L shape, you will be able to pull on the mesh to straighten it. 

 

STEP 8) Pull and Attach the Remaining Sides

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  • Pull on the mesh while attaching the remaining parts to make it taut.
  • This will give enough strength to the wire to hold the photos.

 

STEP 9) Cover the Ends of the Mesh

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  • Cover the ends of the chicken wire with packing or sealing tape so they don’t poke out and damage anything.

 

STEP 10) Hang Your Pictures

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  • Once you are done, you can hang your pictures on the chicken wire with some clothespins.

 

TIPS

  • You can add some fabric as backing.
  • Staple the fabric to one of the sides and to the top of the frame.
  • While stapling the bottom and the other side, pull on the material and staple as you go.
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