Get Organized with Chicken Wire

If you’re serious about getting organized in 2012, you’ll probably be tackling paper clutter sooner or later. What usually works for me is to have a big place where all the top priority papers go and to file them away as soon as I’ve tackled them.

how to make a chicken wire frame

I made this frame a few months back for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower. The thing I love about it is how adaptable it is. We used it during the shower to hold cute little marital advice cards and now she uses it in her home to keep herself organized.


I started with a frame I got half off at Hobby Lobby, some Krylon Catalina Mist spray paint, some chicken wire (or poultry netting as my local home improvement store called it), and a staple gun.

catalina mist spray paint

Start by spray painting the back of your frame, then the front. I did two coats on each side for some very vibrant color. After this I cut the chicken wire to fit the back of my frame and used the staple gun to secure the wire to the frame.

frame spraypainted in krylon catalina mist

For the final display I made some printable cards, spray painted some mini clothespins to match, and lightly distressed the border.

Make a frame to organize with chicken wire

Here’s the frame displayed at the bridal shower. How cool is the photo display my other sister-in-law made? Red and aqua were the wedding’s colors so we both had fun making displays with the bright springtime colors. See how I made the red flower lolly for this frame.

You could use smaller chicken wire and frames to display jewelry or accessories or make a version of your own to match your own house. This is a really easy project that you can do in a weekend with some amazing results. I’d love to see how you organize and hear some of your best paper managing ideas in the comments.


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I'm Julie and I live in St. Louis. I've gone from living in a 1940s house I renovated to living in an 1890s house that needs a lot of love. I tend to bounce between projects, whether it be decor, cooking, DIY, renovation, or enjoying STL. This blog is about doing it all and the attitude needed to get it all done. You can reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.
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3 Responses to Get Organized with Chicken Wire

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  2. Liz Holmes says:

    This is such a cute idea! I do have a question: how did you distress the frame?

    I love your blog, which I discovered through Pinterest. I will definitely be back for more!

    • Well, there’s a right way and a wrong way. When I did it I worked with what I had in my house so I used a Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad. I just rubbed the stamp pad over the raised sections but it wouldn’t dry so I sprayed the entire frame with a clear coat to seal in the distressing.
      The right way would have been to brush on a little stain and wipe it off quickly, though I would still suggest using a clear coat to protect that too. A spray poly is perfect. Thanks for stopping by!

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