I have always had a fondness for memo boards. Remember the criss crossed ribbon fabric covered memo boards? Just plain bulletin boards? These are great places to keep photos, business cards, important papers and inspirational ideas. Just stick it on the memo board.
Problem is I haven’t had a memo board in years. I really miss not having one. My little office corner has a lot of empty wall space. Even after I added my DIY wood wall shelf. The space above my printer table was the perfect place for a memo board.
I had seen lot of cute chicken wire memo boards on Pinterest using old chippy frames. I thought this would be the solution for a simple chicken wire memo board. I have a few old frames that I could paint. I picked one out of the goodwill donation pile. I got my Xacto knife to cut away the old print in the frame. I couldn’t do it. I really liked the print. It just isn’t my style anymore. What if someone else would love the print? Back into the pile the framed print went. What else to do? The other frames were too small.
Looking around the garage, I saw a few forgotten pallet boards. Yes, I would build my own frame. Awesome, right? You betcha.
Chicken Wire and Pallet Wood Memo Board Tutorial
- 2 pallet boards
- Kreg Jig R3 Jr
- chicken wire
- spray paint
- sand paper
- wire snips
- heavy duty stapler
Steps to Create Your Memo Board
Saw 1 pallet board in half. Saw the other board in half then saw off two inches off each piece, This will give you a rectangle,
Using the Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes in each end of each of the long boards.
Screw the boards together to form a rectangle.
Sand down the pallet boards. They are very rough.
Spray paint the rectangle. I used Heirloom white. The paint didn’t cover real well which I liked. It added to the farmhouse look I was going for.
Spread out the chicken wire across the back of the frame.
Staple one end of the chicken wire to one short end of the frame. Stretch out the chicken wire till taut over the frame to the other short end. Staple to the end. Staple the chicken wire to the long boards.
Snip the excess chicken wire from the frame using the wire snips.
Add D hooks to the back of the frame. Hang it on the wall.
I used clothes pins to hang some inspirational quotes and a picture. I plan on clipping more pictures and stuff to it. Even to use it as a mood board.
This whole project for the chicken wire and pallet wood memo board cost around $7. That was for the chicken wire. I had all the rest of the supplies. Feels good when that happens.
This memo board is not perfect. I apparently can’t cut a straight line. So there are some gaps between the wood joints. I think this adds to the charm of a hand made piece.
What projects have you made using chicken wire?
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