Turn a Thrift Store Frame into a Repurposed Frame Christmas Wreath with Chicken Wire
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” – English Proverb
That sentence could not be truer. I have the honor of hosting a DIY Workshop at the Habitat for Humanity in Torrance, California this weekend to share some upcycling ideas for the holidays. This wreath will be one of the trash to treasure projects that I will be teaching. In case you can’t make it, I thought I’d do a tutorial here on DIY Inspired.
I love making wreaths, here are a few favorites.
- Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath
- DIY No Sew Felt Poinsettias
- Entryway Christmas Wreath DIY
- Snowman Joy Wreath
If you like this wreath you might like the article I wrote: Buying Secondhand: DIY Projects, Ideas, and Tips for turning Secondhand Trash to Treasure
What You Need
Time: 30 Minutes to One Hour
- Old Picture Frame or Painting
- Chicken Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Staple Gun
- Garland Wire
- Artificial Flowers
Finding the Right Frame
When looking for frames make sure they are wood. Look for them at:
- Thrift stores
- Garage sales
- Estate sales
- Curb alerts
- Dumpsters! (I have found a few that way)
Once you have found the frame, look at the back. Is the existing picture or painting easy to remove? If the glass is broken, it’s ok. You don’t need it. In fact, maybe you can get a better deal on it if it is broken. If you need negotiating tips read The Art of Flea Market Negotiation.
Each frame will be a little different. Remove the back, any hardware, and staples. If you want, paint the frame. Cut a piece of chicken wire to size with wire cutters. Staple it to the back of the frame. Trim any overhanging edges.
Decorate the frame with artificial flowers. Use two pieces of garland wire to help. These flowers shown here were bought at the 99 Cent store and Walmart. I took the bunches apart with wire cutters. I used the garland and bent the wire to wind around each other, securing it to the frame.
Lastly, I staple burlap ribbon to the frame to use as a hanger. If desired, you can clip pictures and holiday cards to it. Hang it inside or outside on your front door.
Watch the YouTube Video
Here is a quick two minute YouTube video I made to show you how I made this wreath. I hope it helps!
I hope to show some other Christmas projects I’m sharing at the workshop this weekend! Stay tuned!
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