Use this DIY Farmhouse Chicken Wire Frame to display your child’s artwork or your calendar and important reminders!
My kids are always creating cute pictures. After showing me their creations, they want to hang them up. Of course.
In order to avoid scrubbing off paper that has been glued to the wall (yes, it’s happened), I decided to create a designated space where they can hang up their pictures.
- 2 – 1×4 @ 30 inches cut at 45 degrees
- 2 – 1×4 @ 48 inches cut at 45 degrees
Set your miter saw to 45 degrees and cut the rough end off of one of your 1x4s. Measure 30 inches, from the long edge of the board, and make a mark. Line up that mark you made with your saw blade. The saw blade will be on the outside of the mark. Before you cut, make sure your piece of wood will be a trapezoid, as shown in the picture. Adjust the saw or board as necessary to get the correct angle.
Now measure 48 inches from the long edge and make a mark. Cut at that mark, just as you did before, making sure your angle is correct.
Make the same cuts on your second 1x4x8 board, using the two boards you already cut as guides.
Drill the Pocket Holes
I am using the Kreg Jig K5 for the first time on this project, which made drilling the pocket holes a piece of cake! Any of the other Kreg Jig models, even the Mini, would work great.
Mark where you want your pocket holes on the heel and toe of the angle.
To set up your Kreg Jig K5 (or K4) for this project:
- Set the material thickness to 3/4 inch.
- Adjust the stop-collar by sliding the step bit into one of the holes of the drill guide and into the hole for 1 1/4 inches on the stop-collar setting block.
- Rest the stop-collar on the drill guide and tighten with the hex wrench.
Clamp a board in the Kreg Jig, lining up the mark you made with one of the holes on the drill guide. Check to make sure the board is covering the hole on the back of the drill guide.
Use a drill fitted with the step bit, to drill each pocket hole.
Repeat for all eight pocket holes.
Lightly sand your boards, smoothing out the pocket holes and edges. Be careful to not heavily sand the mitered ends.
I like to use makeup sponges from the Dollar Store when staining small projects. I also recommend using disposable gloves and an old t-shirt cut up for a rag. I used Varathane Dark Walnut Stain.
With gloves on, dip the end of the makeup sponge into the stain and spread on your wood. When you are done staining one board, wipe it down with the rag to remove any excess stain.
Once your frame is dry, assemble with 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws. Apply a small amount of wood glue on the mitered edges and use a clamp to hold the boards in place as you screw them together with the driver bit.
Attach Chicken Wire
Trim the end of your chicken wire roll with wire cutters so it is fairly straight.
Staple the wire to the back of your frame using a staple gun, pulling the chicken wire tight as you go. Staple every couple of inches.
If you are worried about the rough ends of the wire scratching your wall, you can hot glue a piece of ribbon over the sharp ends.
Hang and Display Art
You can hang your frame by using sawtooth picture hangers, or by stapling some twine on the back.
There you have it, a cute chicken wire frame to add some farmhouse flair to your home!
You can use it to corral all of the artwork your kids want to display, or use it as a memo board to hold your calendar and other important reminders.