Hello! My name is Rebekah and I normally blog at Charming Imperfections, but today I’m so excited to have been invited by Pam to share a little project of mine. I became a bit of a DIY fanatic when we bought our house last year and had to live on a budget. Creating or restoring the things we use for decor or furniture in our little cottage is so fun and rewarding and this project is no different.
With the weather starting to cool down (at least where I reside) we are realizing more and more that fall is just around the corner. Now, what would be better than to celebrate the change of season than by giving our homes some beautiful autumn décor? I thought this to myself just before realizing that we don’t actually have any beautiful autumn décor and definitely don’t have the budget to go out and buy much. So, the only solution would be to make something with materials I had on hand.
This chicken wire and twine fall decor was created to hint subtly towards my favorite season. This project takes about 3 hours and less than $20 to make if you have to buy materials. So, let’s get started!
Tools and materials needed are:
- 1- 1’x3’x10’
- 3’ Chicken wire
- Wire cutters
- Paint or stain
- Safety gloves
- Kreg Jig
- 1 ¼” Kreg screws
- Wood glue
- Power drill
We’ll get right to it by starting with the frame. If woodworking isn’t your thing, you can always buy a sturdy frame and remove the glass.
Cut your 1×3 board into four sections using the following measurements:
- 2 @ 13 ¾”
- 2 @ 35”
Next, use your Kreg jig to drill pocket holes into the ends of the shorter pieces.
This is such a fun tool! Once you have your pre-drilled holes, go ahead and use wood glue and a clamp to screw the short boards to the long boards.
This is a good time to go ahead and paint or finish the frame so it has time to dry.
Now for the more time consuming part of this project. It’s also the part that you’ll want to put on your safety gloves. That chicken wire can be mean stuff! Cut a section out of your chicken wire that is about 18 by 34 inches or just short of the outside edges of your frame.
Stretch the wire out and set some books on it to prevent it from curling up on you. Next, I printed out a shape of a leaf to use as a guide. You can find similar leaves by following this link and printing out the one of your choice.
Once you’ve printed the leaf out, stick it under the chicken wire and follow those lines with a section of twine you cut. There was a lot of trial and error with this for me, so be ready to take your time on it. The best tip I learned through the process is that it’s best to start at the top of the leaf with the tip being the center of your twine.
Continue looping the twine around the chicken wire until you reach the end of the stem. Tie a little knot to secure it and keep making leaves until you fill the space. Try some different shaped leaves for variety.
Once you are satisfied with the twine leaves on the chicken wire, check and see that your frame is dry and flip it upside down on a table. Stretch the wire over the back of the frame and staple it down starting at the corners and working your way around.
After seeing the finished product I decide to add the word “Fall” to one of the corners.
Hang your creation up on the wall and enjoy how pretty it looks!
The air feels a little cooler lately and there’s no better time to get started on making some fall art than now. This simple fall décor is rustic, subtle and so easy to make! I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and enjoy the start of fall as much as we do.