While I was home today as the cable company worked on our internet, I decided to do a little DIY project. I have seen this idea in various flea markets and saw one at Hobby Lobby the other day so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I've had this window on my porch as a decoration on a bench. I snagged it from a pile of junk at a site where they were going to bulldoze an old house. It's kind of sentimental for me because this house was next to our old tobacco barn where I spent so much of my childhood playing in the fields and working and knew the nice older couple well.
These windows are pretty easy to find. Finding one with broken panes will cost less so just be on the lookout.
You start with a window frame, no glass. This didn't have any glass but if you have a window with glass you can either break the glass or pull the window putty back and remove it.
You will need chicken wire. Mine came from my brother-in-law already rusted and aged. If you don't have any chicken wire, they sell it at all the local farm stores. I wanted mine to look old so I lucked out!
The first thing I did was turn the window over and cut the chicken wire to fit the window frame. I used wire cutters to cut it. You'll have to be careful when working with it because the cut pieces are sharp. I then staple gunned, (using 9/16 staples) the chicken wire to the back of the window frame pulling it tight as I went along.
I then measured my fabric, (I got it from Hobby Lobby on sale for 30% off) to size of the frame not quite to the edges, leaving about 6" on each side. I didn't want any to hang over the edges. I staple gunned the fabric right over the chicken wire starting at the top and pulling fabric down tight as I stapled along the edges.
I hung picture hangers on the back and put two screws in the wall to hang it. Here is the finished product. It turned out so cute, I love it!
I'm going to use it to hang my daughter's art work, notes, and sports schedules on it. I bought these cute little painted mini clothes pin clips at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking/embellishments section. They came in lots of colors and patterns. You can also use regular clothes pins and put Washi tape on them to jazz them up.