Chicken Wire Message Board

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

While I had my chicken wire at the ready, after just finishing this little $5 thrift store cabinet, I threw together this quick and easy chicken wire message board:

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

I  used my staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the inside of the frame.

This is certainly not a new concept, but I just can’t get over the before and after on this one and had to share.

Here is what it looked like before:


I dragged this painting home from a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It cost me all of $2.

I almost completely overlooked it.  The frame is in perfect condition!

I used ASCP in Duck Egg with a coat of clear wax.  This was also my test run for this paint color. I bought it on my trip to Lucketts and I LOVE it!! (I knew I would, that’s why I had to buy it!)

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

The paint really shows off the details in the frame.

I covered the clothespins with pretty scrapbook paper to match:

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board



(This picture  of my cutie pie was taken last summer after a day at the beach!)

Here’s a close up of the extremely important message on the post it:

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

Well… maybe only extremely important to this mama. 🙂

My ten year old wrote that a while ago and I’ve had it on my dresser mirror ever since.  He starts middle school this year and I’m so afraid messages like this will become few and far between all too soon!

I put together a quick how-to on how I covered the pins just in case you’re not familiar with Mod Podge and how it works:

(I spray painted mine first. This is completely optional.)

How to pretty up those clothespins SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

I think they are a really fun addition to this message board.

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

This would be a great way to display photos or contain the never ending collection of pieces of paper that need attention.

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board

Once again, the before:


And we always love the after!

Chicken Wire Message and Photo Board


You’ve come a long way, baby!






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  1. This is just too adorable! I love the color and distressing of the frame!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  2. I love that color! I’m seriously considering painting the room divider this color, its beautiful. My son is also starting middle school this year, I’m already missing those kind of messages!

    • This would be a perfect color for that!! I can’t wait to see what you do with it! My son is getting to that, “not in public, mom!” Stage…at least he still lets me love on him behind closed doors…for now! 🙂

  3. Okay, I’ve never tried modge podge….I’d probably end up gluing my nose shut or something. But the project turned out perfect, and I’m totally jealous of your hydrangeas… 🙂

    -Happy 4th!

    • Oh the trickery of photography…what you don’t see, because of that clever angle thing, is that my hydrangeas are all pretty much on the ground at this point because they are so heavy with all the rain! That means there isn’t a single one on top ha ha! But they are still pretty! 🙂
      Happy 4th to you too!

  4. Great idea! Just pinned it so I can find it easily. This can make a really cool gift! =) Thank you for sharing!

    Found you on Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop =)

    Have a great Friday!

    -Sofia @

  5. I love this! Such a unique idea! Visiting from the Inspire Me blog hop! Feel free to also link this one up at our Red, White & BBQ Ladies Only Blog Share link party which is now live! 🙂

  6. What did you do with the artwork? It’s hard to tell what it is but wonder if it wouldn’t be pretty in another frame or painted frame.

    • It was an Aztec painting and actually pretty, but totally not my style. It was hand painted, so I didn’t have the heart to get rid of it…it’s in my garage!

      • I’ve seen so many original pieces of art at Goodwill (I’m in Atlanta area) and feel bad for the artist. I’ve seen a few gorgeous pieces (and bought one of them and reframed it) that are priced almost for free because the people at Goodwill are pricing it based on the frame, not the original piece. I’ll see an ugly 20 year old TJMAXX print priced higher than an original piece. Anyway, I agree with you, that piece wouldn’t be my style either and is pretty amateurish but I would have a hard time tossing it too!

        • I’m with you, Beth! When I see anything hand made whether its a painting, or a even a cross stitched piece, I always think of the work that went into it! I have a hard time letting go of things myself!

  7. Love the color of the frame as well as the clothspin idea!

  8. Darling! I love the scrapbook paper clothes pin idea. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  9. Hi! Where did you get the chicken wire? Also, can you tell me how to attach the chicken wire to the frame? Thanks! Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,
      I found the chicken wire at Home Depot. Around $12 for I think about a 2’x 50′ roll. I just used my staple gun to attach it. You may need to use shallow staples so they don’t come through the front of the frame, or put them in at an angle. My chicken wire had a “seam” down the center also, so I made sure that was centered in the frame. A pretty fun and easy project! 🙂

  10. Love this! I need to make one of these! Everything about yours is cute.

    The Kitchen is My Dance Floor
    (Found you on I Should Be Mopping the Floor)

  11. I FINALLY picked up some chicken wire this weekend because I have been dying to use it on some projects, including a large frame I bought at a thrift store a while back. We will be doing this to hold the escort tags at our wedding and I had planned on painting and then stamping “love” or something similar on the clothespins, but after seeing your post I’m going to check out some scrapbook paper. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    • That’s funny, I didn’t realize chicken wire was so easy to come by. I’ve been wanting to use it, too! The clothespins are really fun because you can make them any colors or designs you want! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂

  12. I love these, they look so cool, cut pic too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. Christy,
    Love the after photos, dear one!!!
    My husband and I made 6 of these last Autumn for a craft booth.
    The only one that didn’t sell was the HUGE frame,
    which now hangs in our Hall of Fame (Family Photo Hallway).
    We stained our clothespins to match the frame,
    but I adore how you applied the scrapbooking papers!!!
    Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Susan’s MM!!!

    • Thanks, Pat! I had just finished a cabinet using chicken wire and was wanting to play with it some more, so that old picture was my next victim! Ha ha! I was going to paint the pins, but decided to break out the mod podge. This will actually go in my booth, too this fall! Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  14. This past week, I made one of these and a chalkboard! Love that shade of blue!

    I can’t see who the artist is, but it’s a pueblo in New Mexico, maybe even an imaginary pueblo. I think in the 70s and 80s there was a lot of southwest art in those colors. I think some artists imitated some more popular artists.

    • It says made in Mexico on the back and it is well done. It’s in my garage, but I don’t know that I will ever do anything with it.
      I love this shade of blue, too! I can’t wait to try something else with it!:)

  15. Great transformation! I adore the clothes pins, too! Thanks for sharing how you did it all. I’m inspired. 🙂

  16. Super, super cute project. I love the paint color that you used and how you covered the clothes pins in scrapbook paper. Definitely on my “to do” list! Pinning,

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  17. I love the wire message board and the gussied up clothespins! Super cute 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  18. Those are just the sweetest clothespins!!! Oh, how they make me smile with their cheery fronts! Great DIY project ~ thanks for sharing!

  19. Simple, yet gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and linking up to my party!

  20. So cute! Love that blue color on the frame! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

  21. Oh how I love Duck Egg! I’ve painted a few things around here in it…including my kitchen island! 😉
    Those close pins are super cute…and ohhh, the note…. I have so many saved (my son is 15 in a month …and daughter is almost 21) soooo sweet and so special!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} Pinning!

    • My oldest is almost 11 and now that he’s starting middle school, I know he’ll be 15 before you know it!! You could be a grand-ma ha ha, but you look too young!!!!! I’m an old mom with my three year old!

  22. I really love yours!
    Im jealous of the color…I tried to find a specific blue/green however the options are limited in spray paint. I should try regular paint next time so I get the exact color I want

    This is my first stab at it which I made for a photo collage at my friends bridal shower:

    Now those clothespins!!! Agh I have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration


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