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.