{chicken wire framed christmas card holder}

Dec
12
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I just love receiving Christmas cards. Looking at pictures of family & friends and reading little snippets of their lives really brings the spirit of Christmas to me each year.  I'm so excited about this project, because it's the perfect way for us to enjoy them the entire holiday season!

My cute husband actually surprised me with this...he knew it was on my list, and went ahead and made it for me while I was gone one night.  I absolutely love it, and it was such a fun surprise!  It also means that there are no step-by-step pictures of the frame making process--he doesn't really think in "blogger" like I do, lol.  However, I am planning to do a DIY frame tutorial soon, so stay tuned! You can also use a frame you already have on hand, one you purchase, or one you find at goodwill or a garage sale.

This is a simple, fun project that you can finish quickly! Chicken wire is easy to work with, and pretty inexpensive. I bought a roll of it at our local tractor supply company, and you can also find it at hardware stores.  The smallest roll it comes in is usually 25 feet, for around $10.  You can always save it and use it for your garden in the spring (we have bunnies and deer...) or split it with a friend.

{Chicken Wire Framed Christmas Card Holder}

 

ITEMS YOU NEED:

  • frame (no glass)
  • chicken wire
  • tin snips
  • staple gun
  • 18 gauge, 3/4 inch staples
  • small clothespins
  • spray paint
DIRECTIONS:

1. Frame:  I painted mine with a bottom layer of red, sanded it down, then added a top layer of cream.  I sanded it one more time to give it a distressed look, and so some of the red showed through. Paint colors:  Colonial Red and Heirloom White by Rustoleum. Size: 52 inches long, 18 inches wide2. Using your tin snips, cut a piece of chicken wire to fit the back side of your frame--just going to the edges. Or, you can drape it across the back of your frame, staple it on, the trim around the edges--whichever one you're more comfortable with.

3. Staple the chicken wire to the back of the frame to hold it in place.

4.  I bought small clothespins at Michaels, then spray painted them red. They work perfectly to clip cards and letters to the wire.

That's it!  So simple, so cute!

 

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