DIY Frame With Chicken Wire for Pictures

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



  • 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


  • 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


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


STEP 3) Paint the Frame


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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



  • 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.


DIY frame with chicken wire for pictures

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