I’m always looking for new mediums and ideas for crafting, and last year my MOPS group made some chicken wire frames. I’ve never delved into using chicken wire before because, while I do love a cool old farmhouse, my home is not currently embracing this decor. However, I’ve come to find out that you can easily add some functional chicken wire in your home, no matter your style! It is an inexpensive item that will bring character to your home, and all by your own hand. Check out some of these creative ways to use chicken wire in your home!
I just love wreaths, and unconventional ones at that. Anybody can pick up a pre-made one at a craft store and it will also cost them a pretty penny. But you can spot a homemade wreath a mile away! This is the first chicken wire wreath is the first I’ve seen and I adore it. You just twist your chicken wire into a wreath shape and add whatever festive baubles you want! No one else will have this on their front door but you.
Head over to eHow.com for the complete tutorial, as well as information on how to do pretty much anything!
2. Plate Stand
Many people like to use plate stands in the corners of their kitchens to house fruit or at parties to display pastries. If you want to spice up your old one, you can create baskets out of chicken wire! It’s a great way to repurpose something you already have and put your own personal touch on it.
TheNorthEndLoft.com has a complete tutorial on making your own plate stand along with tons of other great DIY projects.
Frames are one of the most versatile crafts using chicken wire. They can be used as jewelry holders, kitchen command centers, bow holders, recipe card racks and much more. The options are truly endless. The great part is that you can use any old picture frame and paint or distress it to you liking. Then simple staple the chicken wire to the back and you’re ready to go.
Visit DuctTapeAndDenim.com for a simple tutorial on making your own chicken wire frames!
If you really want to incorporate chicken wire into your home, using it on a large piece like a hutch or cabinet is the way to go. You can easily take a beaten down piece of furniture and revive it using some paint and chicken wire. Remove glass or cut out the middle of your hutch doors and replace with chicken wire for a farmhouse feel. Gorgeous!
This looks like quite the undertaking, so check out TheLovelyResidence.blogspot.com for a great how-to on this lovely piece.
5. Wall Sconces
Whether you love fresh flowers or adore long lasting silk replicas, a wall sconce is a beautiful way to add some color to your home. You can make your own using chicken wire and hang from your front or patio door. These are great to use throughout the year and are easy to switch out with new flowers each season.
CraftsUnleashed.com has a great tutorial on making your own sconces!
6. Vintage or Rustic Decor
There are many ways to include chicken wire to just have a more rustic feel in your home decor. Instead of just stopping with you chicken wire frame, continue to decorate it using something like the star in the photo above. You can add wire to mason jars, baskets, the back of a shelving unit or bookcase, old wooden windows or cork boards. The options are endless!
7. Card Holder
The holidays are wonderful because everyone sends out beautiful cards of their families. I don’t know about you, but my refrigerator doesn’t have nearly enough room to display them all. As it turns out, chicken wire is an amazing way to proudly display that holiday cheer. This is a great use of a large chicken wire frame, and you can add some festive decor like bulbs or mistletoe.
Check out LollyJane.com for a complete tutorial on this gorgeous holiday card holder, along with other amazing crafts and recipes.