Are you looking to create a cute new decor piece for your walls? We have an idea! A chicken wire frame! It looks quite chic and it will be an accent point to your walls!
We’re adding in some extra details and it will look that much nicer! What do you think? Let’s get started!
Materials for chicken wire frame
- wood frame
- chicken wire
- olive and beige acrylic paint
- glue gun
- crepe paper
How to make a chicken wire frame
Before you start creating anything, we want to make sure that you have all the elements ready. We know how distracting and disruptive it can be to run around trying to find various items you’ve forgotten. So, get everything you need before you even start. Ready? Let’s go!
Step 1: Paint the frame
We’re going to start this project by painting the frame. Get the gray acrylic paint, the paintbrush, and the wood frame. Dip the paintbrush into the paint and start laying down the color over the wood frame.
Do not forget to also paint the edges of the frame, as they will be visible and you don’t want the whole thing to look “off.”
Slowly paint the whole frame, making sure to cover all possible grooves in the frame.
There you go, almost done!
Turn the frame over and paint the back of it too. It won’t take that long to do, and it will give the frame a more finished touch.
Make sure not to paint the hanging details. Of course, unless you specifically want to.
Set the frame aside and allow it some time to dry. Acrylic paint dries up pretty fast, so there shouldn’t have to wait too long. Plus, you’re going to be busy with other things, anyway.
Step 2: Make some crepe paper flowers
For our next step, we’ll need the crepe paper. We went with white, but you can also go with yellow, pink, or red. As long as you’ve seen flowers in that color, you’re good to go.
Cut a large piece of crepe paper with your scissors. Try to cut it as straight as you can go.
Once the paper is cut, turn it so the folds are horizontal in front of you. You’ll want to estimate where the paper splits in three equal sizes. You can also get a ruler out and measure them up if you’d rather.
Get the scissors again and cut out three ribbons.
Pick up every ribbon you created and straighten out the paper. Fold the ribbon in two along the length of the paper. Gently press your finger into the paper as you go and try to keep a straight line.
Once the paper is folded, it’s time to start rolling it up. Fold the paper just a tiny bit and then keep going.
After you’ve rolled the paper a few times, it’s time to take an extra step. As you go, keep twisting the paper.
In this way, you’ll quickly get a 3D flower that’s a lot more visually appealing than if you’d just rolled the paper and tried to fold the edges.
Then, when you’re nearly done, get the glue gun and add a bunch of hot glue to the paper. Press the crepe paper there and close the flower.
Go through the process three times, rolling up each of the paper ribbons into flowers.
Step 3: Apply the stencil
Next, you want to get out the stencil. Ours is adhesive, but if yours isn’t, you can make sure it doesn’t go anywhere with a bit of paper tape.
We chose to place our stencil on the corner of the frame.
Get the white acrylic paint and the sponge. Dip the sponge into the paint and start pressing it over the stencil.
Cover the entire area with white paint, making sure the entire design is going to be visible.
Slowly remove the stencil from the frame. Doesn’t it look pretty?!
Step 4: Add the chicken wire
Next, we need to grab the piece of chicken wire we have on hand. Turn the frame face down and place the chicken wire over it, covering the center.
Get your scissors or some pliers and cut the chicken wire so it fits directly over the indent where the picture would go.
Trim the wires as necessary, making sure to keep checking how it fits. You don’t want to cut too much and then have to start over with a new piece of chicken wire.
Almost done! Just a bit more left to cut here!
Next, get the glue gun and start adding hot glue to the frame, pressing each bit of wire into it.
You want to add hot glue on all the sides where the chicken wire touches the frame.
Go on adding the glue on all sides of the frame. Since this is wire, you want to make sure it’s not going to move so it doesn’t hurt you later on when handling the frame.
Step 5: Add the leaves and flowers
Next, let’s prepare the leaves required for the design. Trim the tails so they’re not too long and make sure you cut them off the branch if any is present.
Get the glue gun and add some on the corner opposite to the one where you painted in the stencil. Press the leaves into the glue and wait for it to set.
We chose to go with two larger leaves here.
Then add some more hot glue and press a paper flower into it. Make sure not to press too hard since the paper is delicate.
Add the second flower in the same manner right next to the first one.
Repeat the process with the third flower and create a bouquet on the corner of the frame.
If you have any other leaves, add them in if you find a place for them. We noticed another one would look nice between the flowers.
There we go! Now you have a wonderful decor piece to hang on your walls.
It looks wonderful and we want to hear back from you so you can tell us if you made any alterations. Obviously, this is a design where you can choose a different paint color, or a different crepe paper color, as well as a different stencil. Chances that you find the exact same stencil are, after all, quite slim.
Drop us a message and share pictures with your creations over social media! We’d love to see them all!