While at my mom’s the other day I saw she had this really cute farmhouse picture. The picture was a chicken and it had chicken wire across the front of the frame. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to recreate it somehow. So today I’m going to be showing you how to make a mini farmhouse frame.
This frame is so easy to make and very inexpensive. Of course, my stencil did cost some money, but I can use it over and over. And just because I use the stencil doesn’t mean that’s what you have to use. Get creative. If you don’t have the money to purchase the stencils, then maybe print off a black silhouette of a chicken and use that. Of course, then you would want to paint the background white or another color rather than black.
I’m sure I’ll get some questions on the chicken wire, so I figured I’d just answer them now. I bought my chicken wire at Lowe’s and it was pretty inexpensive. I want to say I got a roll of it for around $7 something. Chicken wire is such a fun supply to keep on hand for crafting. You could even rust it if you want. If you’re wondering how to do that, just Google how to Rust and you should get a few ideas.
All right, enough chitchat, let’s get started on this fun project, shall we?
- Mini shadow box frame from Dollar Tree
- Black chalk paint – I’m using the color crazy crow from the A Frayed Knot paint line
- Antique wax – I’m also using the color crazy crow for this. I love that it doubles as an antique wax!
- Chippy brush
- Stencil – You can snag some cute ones here on my affiliate link – Shop stencils!
- Chicken wire
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- wire cutters
Step 1: Remove the twine beads from the top of the Dollar Tree frame and also take out the Cardboard insert.
Step 2: Using the chippy brush, dip the brush in the crazy Crow paint. Brush some off and then begin brushing over the frame. This will give that chippy wood look to the frame. After doing this, I realized that I probably should have sanded the frame first because the paint wiped off really easily. I think it’s because it was a glossy type of frame, so I would recommend sanding before painting with A chippy brush.
Step 3: Next, paint the Cardboard insert with the color paint you choose. I chose Crazy Crow from the afraid not paint line. You will probably need two coats of paint for this. Just make sure to allow the paint to dry in between each coat.
Step 4: You can now add your stencil over the frame. I am using a Magnolia designs company stencil and white chalk paste. I absolutely love them. They are so easy to use, and you can use one stencil up to 15 times if you take good care of it. You can view these stencils here on my affiliate link.
Step 5: Now it’s time to add the chicken wire. This can be tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. Just cut your chicken wire to size leaving a little bit of an overhang. Lay the chicken wire directly over the frame and bend the overhang tightly around the back. Put the cardboard insert back into the frame.
Step 6: You can now the beads back onto the twine and hot glue them to your frame. Putting a little bit of hot glue on the tip of that wine will help the twine to easily go through the hole in the beads.
Step 7. Lastly, cut a piece of felt the size of the back of the frame and hot glue it to the back. This will keep the chicken wire from scratching your walls when you go to hang your new mini farmhouse frame.
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube