Love rustic and vintage decor? Is farm chic your design inspiration? We have the perfect craft tutorials for you. While no one thinks of chicken wire as glamorous, these home hacks show that with a little ingenuity and a few tools, you can create everything from jewelry organizers to holiday decor for just a few dollars.
The thin, flexible material can be molded into just about anything and the hexagonal design adds some interest to cupboards, light fixtures, and gardens. Many of these projects require a staple gun or some glue and just a little creativity, but we’ve supplied links to detailed instructions when they were available.
So head to the hardware store and use these 20 ideas make your home farm fabulous!
1) Rustic flower hanger
With just a foot or two of chicken wire shaped into a cone, you can make the perfect hanging vase for your spring flowers. Add some moss for visual interest and you have the perfect rustic decor.
2) Picture hangers
Have some old frames hanging around or some bad art stored in the attic? You can use a staple gun to affix chicken wire to the back of the frames and create a unique way to display lots of small pictures or mementos that make you smile. And you can paint the frames for added visual interest.
3) Hanging fruit basket
Some heavier gauge wire can be molded into this great hanging basket that will have your friends asking you which high-end home goods store you bought it.
This one is from Etsy, in case you’re not feeling crafty.
4) Add interest to a pendant lamp
Have a plain pendant lamp or lamp shade that could use a cool, new touch. Add an industrial chic vibe by simply wrapping chicken wire around it. You can grab a spool of wire at the hardware store to snugly attach the ends so it won’t slip off.
5) Wall shelf
We love the visual interest chicken wire adds to this beautiful hanging shelf. Just buy tall wire, trim it in a circle, and glue or staple it to the back to show off your collections of glassware, spices, teas, etc. This one’s a fave!
6) Tree topper
Like a rustic Christmas vibe? This star tree topper is made of sticks, twine, and chicken wire and will make a great statement piece for the top of your tree that can’t be found in any store. This one comes with a little more instruction, if you need it.
7) Wire cloche
It takes some work to shape it properly, but a few dollars and some practice will keep your candles and flowers safe from reaching hands and paws while adding the perfect piece of decor.
8) Card display
We’re loving this one for holidays and birthdays. It’s a great way to display cards and remind yourself that you’re not only crafty, but surrounded by good friends and family who took the time to wish you the best.
9) Magazine rack
Store your magazines the DIY way. This rack is simple to shape and a few wall anchors will keep it in place in whatever room you need it (which we all know is the bathroom).
10) Wire trees
The winter holidays are a great time to show off your craft skills and these chicken wire trees can be spray painted, dressed up with ribbons, or wrapped with lights to show off your holiday spirit.
11) Light balls
It seems that what were once Christmas lights are now a year-round decor element. We’re loving these round balls of chicken wire stuffed with string and fairy lights, even if they do beg to be rolled around the yard.
12) Holiday banner
So cute and easy, this holiday banner just requires you to snip chicken wire in small triangles and string it between two anchors. It can be however long you’d like and spell out any season. And if you have enough letters, you can spell out “make it stop snowing” when March rolls around!
13) Earring holder
If you have a lot of earrings, you’re already feeling the desire to run out and make one of these. Yet another easy snip and glue (or staple) project, and you can now hang all your dangly earrings in one place. The best part is that they’re easy to remove too.
14) Alliums that never die
We always marvel at the big purple, bulbous flowers that bloom in late spring. Some alliums grow up to 5 feet high! If you don’t have a green thumb, you can make your own with some with spray painted chicken wire attached to a rod. Bonus points for not having to worry about bees or watch them droop at the end of the season!
15) Vertical garden
Ok, so you might need a bit of a green thumb for this one. If you’re lacking space but love to garden, this vertical display is perfect for you. Once you secure the chicken wire to the top of the frame, you can have it hang down like a curtain and attach small pots.
16) Chicken wire cabinet doors
You can either attache this to the glass or replace it altogether with chicken wire for this farmhouse chic look. The final theme is all about what you store behind it – some beautiful glassware can make for a more modern look.
17) Outdoor party display
Perfect for a birthday party or other outdoor events, this folding display lets you hang decorations and photos and move it throughout the yard to create the perfect centerpiece or backdrop for selfies.
18) Spooky outdoor decor
Are you the neighbor who likes to subtly freak people out around Halloween? These chicken wire ghosts make people do a double take – or keep them from coming near your house entirely!
19) Chicken wire chicken
Feeling ambitious and silly? Mold your chicken wire into an actual chicken. It makes a great decoration either outside or inside.
20) Chicken wire for chicken amusement
This one goes out to our fowl friends, the reason we even have chicken wire to play with. If you keep chickens, why not let them have some fun while they roam on the range? Create a tunnel out of chicken wire so they can traverse their domain in style. It’s no hyperloop, but it might give them some added amusement as they go about their day. That is, if chickens can be amused.
Bonus: Amazing Projects Using PVC Pipes
Organize the clothes in your drawers by storing them into individual compartments within the drawers. Try cutting down some of the pipes similar to the size in the photo to separate your stocking from your scarves and etc.
Hanging Succulent Garden
Spray paint a few PVC pipes in nice metallic colors and then use them to create a vertical hanging succulent garden! This would look great both inside an outside.
Another great way to use the pipes to organize/store is to turn them into a shoe organizer! Just make sure you get the right size that your shows fill fit inside of. You can even decorate them if you want to.
Cut up the pipes to create handy toothbrush holders in the bathroom. This is especially good for people who tend to leave their toothbrushes across the sink.
Backyard Movie Screen
Put the pipes together to create one big base for an outdoor movie screen. This would be great for those warm summer nights! Invite friends and family over for weekly movie nights.
If you want to give your bed a mini upgrade, try using the pipes to create a bed canopy! Connect them together to create a square rod over your bed.
Stray away from your traditional plant pots, and get creative. Paint some pipes a copper color and connect them together to recreate this unique wall planter.
Rotating Craft Cady
If you have a large collection of different colored writing utensils, this is the project for you. Cut the pipes into smaller pieces to hold your many different pens and markers.
If you have a dog that likes to get dirty, connect the pipes together to create a personalized washer for your pup! It’ll definitely make washing him/her a lot easier.
If you own a lot of books or would just like a shelf to help store/organize your possessions, try connecting the pipes together to recreate this book shelf. Use the pipes to make the base and then use wood planks for each individual shelf.
Or if you have a kid who loves to roll around in the grass, you can make a water sprinkler for them out of the pipes! It’s like the dog washer, but a little bigger.
If you’ve got a lot of bracelets, try using the pipes as racks. Just cut the pipes into the right length and attach them to a sturdy base.
Indoor Ball Pit
Are we at Chuck E. Cheese? Nope, we’re at home! Make your very own indoor ball pit by connecting the pipes to make a base and then filling in all the sides with mesh.
If you have a craft room filled with many different technicolored tape rolls, this would be a great way to organize them. Much like the bracelet rack, here you’re using the pipes as racks for the tape. You can also use the rack for ribbons.
Connect the pipes together to create the shape of a mini house and then surround it with curtains to create the ultimate indoor fort! A kid’s dream come true.
Or if you want to make a teepee, form the pipes together in the shape of a huge triangle before filling up the sides with fabric. This teepee can be used both inside and outside.
Chalkboard Wine Rack
Use the pipes to create a wine rack to store all your delicious wine bottles in an easy-to-grab manner. Bonus, you can attach a chalkboard panel to the rack that you can use as a place to write your grocery lists, to-do lists, or just a fun place to doodle.
Craft Room Storage
Another craft material that you can store using the pipes is paint! Attach the pipes to the wall to make the room look less cluttered.
If your desk is filled with various objects that are hard to keep track of most of the time, try cutting the pipes to use them as desk organizers. This way, you can find what you’re looking for much faster.
Weave rope around a square of connected tubes to recreate this cozy outdoor swing. Just hang your creation from a tree using the same rope and you’re good to go.
Cut a wide slit in your pipe to create a handy cup dispenser. This is a great accessory to have at parties.
If you got a kid who likes to spy on others, help them out by making this playful giant periscope. It won’t be subtle, but it’ll get the job done.
Attach the pipes together to create the ultimate centerpiece! It can be used as a table planter, utensil holder, or vase.
Connect the pipes together to create your very own laundry bin. This way, you can create whatever size of a bin you want. Who needs that $40 one from Target.