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Monday, December 12, 2011

{chicken wire framed christmas card holder}

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 wide

2. 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!


On my wall! 



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13 Comments:

Blogger Two Shades of Pink said...

I love, love, love, love it! I have to confess I have left cards UNOPENED because I have no idea where to put them this year. So inspired! You clever genius, you.

December 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Love the Decor! said...

Oh my goodness I love it!!
you could sell a ton of these
I am having a dress give away over at my blog so come on over and enter

December 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

very darling! I especially LOVE the RED clothespins!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

December 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger sweet southern inspiration said...

What a great idea! I am pinning it right now!

December 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM  
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December 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger tute-bot said...

Super cute idea. I added it to random-tutorial.com. Thanks!

December 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Kara @ Nest Candy said...

What a great idea! Every girl needs a little chicken wire. My whole craft room wall is covered in it!

December 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Lucky! Turned out great. :)

December 13, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I made 3 of these for my wedding this past summer for our seating chart! I have two at my house and have been contemplating how to use them...will definitely use your idea to display Christmas cards on one of them!

December 13, 2011 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Frazzled Mom of Five said...

Love It! It's def going on my hubby's Huney Do List this Christmas school break!

December 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

Super cute! I think the frame would look cute too if you used that crackle paint which would give it an even more weathered look.

December 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

This is super cute...and how nice of your husband!
This is going on my to-do list and I am going to keep it up all year round. :)
Krista @ mk inspired

December 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Its an amazing idea i have never seen it before.
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May 8, 2012 at 6:50 AM  

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