Have you tried to find copper chicken wire? It’s impossible. It’s either only available in bulk or it’s ridiculously expensive! I swear I researched it for days before I gave up and decided “I’m going to make it myself.” This was before I found the Best Copper Paint Ever so this tutorial will use a different copper spray paint that is good but not great.
DIY Copper Chicken Wire Wall Frames
First, you need chicken wire. There are two sizes, small & large. I used the larger size because I wanted more open space in my frames but both will work.
Next, you need to prime the bare metal. Spray paint will usually stick to bare metal but copper spray paint tends to be on the sheer side so I like to give a head start by priming it with Red Oxide metal primer.
The primer dries really fast so in about an hour you will be on your way to making copper chicken wire. Get excited!
This is important.
Krylon has many different copper spray paints. You want Copper Brilliance or if you really want something with more va va va voom, get your hands on Rust-Oleum’s Bright Coat Copper
After it’s dry, you can simply staple it to any wood frame you have, large & small. Seriously, it’s so versatile and now pretty!
Copper Chicken Wire Supplies
Red Oxide Primer
Copper Spray Paint
Kraft Paper (for protecting surface from spray paint)
Wood Frames (I made my own from scrap wood but these are great too)
The best frame hangers, ever.
See the full installation in my foyer, which is probably my favorite spot in the whole house, and how I used the copper chicken wire to display our wedding cards above our bed.
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