Homestead Decor: DIY Chicken Wire Frame

diy chicken wire frame

Life is too short to live in an uncomfortable space.

You definitely don’t need your house to look like it came out of the pages of a magazine, but I think it’s vitally important to surround yourself with things that make you relaxed and happy.

And guess what else? You DON’T have to shell out the big bucks to create a warm and welcoming home. Over the last year or so, I have redecorated a large portion of my house, and I’ve spent very little to do so.

My little house is decorated in a mixture of styles: rustic, farmhouse, vintage, and shabby chic, just to name a few. It’s eclectic, but it’s ‘me’.

One of my absolute favorite ways to outfit my home is to scour yard sales and thrift stores for old pieces that I can re-purpose and give new life.

Today I want to share a simple idea for a wall hanging that anyone can create.

It can add farmhouse charm to any living space, no matter if you live in an apartment or out in the sticks.

And it’s how I turned this:

(no offense to anyone, but ugh…)

Into this:

DIY chicken wire frame

There is just something about chicken wire. It’s so simple and primitive and rustic… I can’t get enough of it!

DIY Chicken Wire Frame

You will need:

  • Scraps of old chicken wire (we had a lot hanging around in trash piles when we bought our homestead. Ask country friends and neighbors if they have extra, or you can also just buy a roll at the hardware store)
  • Old wooden picture frame (any size will work- depending on your preference)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Staple gun and staples (You’ll need something slightly bigger than your average “office” stapler)
  • Wire cutting tool

This is pretty self-explanatory…

Remove everything from the frame (glass, backing, picture, etc) except the, well, frame.

If you wish, paint your frame with a light coat of paint. Once it dries, you can lightly distress it with sandpaper to give it an aged look.

DIY chicken wire frame


Cut a chunk of chicken wire that is roughly the size of your frame. Staple it to the back of the frame. Trim if needed.

DIY chicken wire frame

So what do you do with it?

  1. Use it as a jewelry or earring organizer
  2. Use clothespins to clip notes to the wire for an instant message board.
  3. Use clothespins to arrange your favorite photos for a picture collage
  4. Leave it bare and hang it as a simple, rustic wall accent.

DIY chicken wire frame

 A Few Notes:

  • Once you’ve painted and sanded your frame, try rubbing a small amount of wood stain over the top of the paint for an extra bit of “distressed” flair.
  • Choose a wooden frame so you can staple the wire easily onto the back.
  • The wider the frame, the easier time you will have with the stapling process.
  • Be on the lookout at yard sales and thrift stores for old frames. Don’t be afraid to purchase a piece of undesirable ‘artwork’ just for the frame!
  • This little craft project makes a great housewarming gift. (or Christmas, or birthday, or…)

There you have it! A custom piece of DIY decor that you can easily create in a very small amount of time. Call me crazy, but I would pick homespun decorations like this one over fancy showroom accessories any day of the week! 😉

Homestead Decor: DIY Chicken Wire Frame


  • Scraps of old chicken wire
  • Old wooden picture frame (any size)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Wire cutting tool


  1. Remove everything from the frame (glass, backing, picture, etc)
  2. Optional: paint your frame with a light coat of paint, then once it dries, lightly sandpaper to give an aged look. Try rubbing a small amount of wood stain over the top of paint for a "distressed" flair
  3. Cut chicken wire roughly the size of frame
  4. Staple to the back of the frame and trim if needed



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  1. says

    Loved this little project.
    I think my mom had that picture hanging in her home in the 80’s…ugh! that is over isn’t it?

    I had a chuckle at your instructions. I can honestly say I’ve never heard the measurement called a “chunk of chicken wire”…{SMILE}

    can’t wait to see what else you’ve done on the *cheap!
    Love it!


    • Jill says

      Lol Pat! I guess I’m not the most precise person, but hopefully it’ll get the job done! hehe :)

  2. Jana says

    Oh! Looking forward to seeing ideas I might steal for later when we move into our farmhouse! Thanks Jill :)

  3. Roxanne Hill says

    I have decorated with chicken wire before. Love this idea. I think I will make a couple for some friends for their birthdays.

  4. says

    Chicken wire is just what I need! Our new home lacks any rustic-ness the old one had, and although I love it here, I do miss that aspect. Still have many undecorated areas . . . just haven’t been quite sure what to do, and I think chicken wire is the answer! Thanks, Jill! ~Jill

  5. says

    Who would’ve thought that such a cute frame had been hiding around such an awful picture? I did this (with some help from my husband) this fall with a huge frame I found at Goodwill. We hung it in the kitchen and it’s now where my herbs are drying. After I cut them, I bundled them with small, clear rubber bands and hung them on the frame with little “S” hooks. It’s functional decorating at it’s best. :0)

    I’m looking forward to seeing what other wonderful ideas you have in store.

  6. says

    What a wonderful makeover!! Congratulations!

    I absolutely agree with you: we have to surround ourselves with things we love and things that recalls happy moments of our life or beloved ones.
    I’ve really loved this post!

    Francesca from Italy

  7. says

    This is AWESOME!
    You just made my day.
    I just finished a re-purposed (trashed) window frame project (no glass panes)- and I think adding chicken wire to it will take it to an excellent new level! Thanks for the idea!
    When I finish, I’ll post a link back to your post!

  8. says

    I enjoy anything farm house, or country. I have put chicken wire on top cabinets of a corner kitchen cabinet. THIS FRAME would also look great with a few chicks or a chicken painted behind it too.

  9. says

    I LOVE IT!!

    I’m hoping to finally start decorating our kitchen this year, and I think I just might have to make one of these!

    (With you love for burlap, I’m surprised you didn’t incorporate it into this somehow. 😉 . Actually… you could take strips of burlap and weave it in and out of the border, etc. Hmm…???) 😀

  10. Jeri says

    I WILL make this for my arts and crafts room! Love the idea and I already have everything I need to complete this project :)))

  11. Diana Burns says

    I love this project. I think I have some frames that could be used in this way. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  12. Debbie Jennings says

    I am wanting to get my husband to make me a pie safe. On the doors, I want the chicken wire, but behind that I want some screening to keep flies, if they get in the house, out of it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am falling in love with your site!