DIY Chicken-Wire Display Frame

June 28, 2015

I love being able to create during the summer. And looking ahead, I am thrilled to be teaching fourth grade this year!

This summer has given me the opportunity to design my classroom and decorate it, with the goal to achieve a friendly, welcoming, homey atmosphere for the kiddos.

Since I have decided on some DIY projects for my classroom, my first is a DIY Chicken-Wire Display Frame! I have seen this all over the place, from the internet to one of my friend’s houses, and I have loved it every time I’ve seen it. Simple and decorative, I decided I would make one after I had finished moving all the furniture around my classroom and saw I would need a board to hold things over my desk. The wall there, is white and since I chose my classroom theme colors (White, Blue, and Green), I figured this type of display would be perfect for holding class notes, pictures, and sticky notes!

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After doing some searching to figure out how much these types of boards were, I found them somewhere upwards of $50. Epp. Definitely not in my price range.

So onto Goodwill I went!!

I was lucky enough to find this cheap frame with print inside for $7. Score! I also decided to invest in a role of chicken wire for around $6 and a sample size can of blue paint for around $3. I figured with the left over chicken wire and paint, I could use this for other craft projects throughout my classroom!!

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The first step I took was to take out the print and glass, which broke upon me taking it out. I discovered the frame already had wall-hanging hardware built in which worked perfectly for what I wanted to use it for.

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With that, I painted the frame. The paintbrush I used was on the cheaper side, which actually worked out better because I just brushed the paint on so it had more of an antiquing effect, instead of painting it all blue. The frame worked well for this because it was a pale blue originally, so the paint contrasted nicely with the blue of the paint.


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The paint didn’t take long to dry! The next step included rolling out the chicken wire and using a staple gun to attach it. During this time, I took off one side of the wall-hanging wire so I could put the chicken wire on, then re-attach it when I finished. When I finished attaching it, I used wire-cutters to cut off loose ends that stuck out from the back of the frame.

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My final step was to re-attach the wall-hanging wire behind the frame.

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And voila!! It was finished!! A very simple, great, statement piece for a wall that is practical. I’m going to use clothespins I bought on sale at Michael’s to attach pictures and notes. I’m thinking I may even line the back with fabric to match the theme colors of my classroom. Hmmm…the possibilities are endless. 🙂

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