Are you the type of person who can envision new purposes for old items? Do you look at an old enamel pot and picture it housing a variety of savory herbs, or an old ladder and think about how perfectly it will serve in the kitchen as a pot rack? I wish I had that ability! Who knows how many things I’ve tossed away without even giving a second thought to how they could have been re-purposed into something wonderful and new?
Recently, I was invited by a friend to join a new website called Pinterest – an online bulletin board where you can visually organize and share things you love and that inspire you. I absolutely love this site because it is providing me with tons of ideas for re-purposing old things that are lying around our homestead just waiting to be fashioned into something new.
As you might know, we’ve been using a lot of chicken wire out in the garden recently — trying to “gopher proof” all of the raised beds by lining the bottoms with the wire. After spending some time on Pinterest, recently, I discovered that there are a lot more (and cuter) uses for chicken wire than I ever imagined!
Inspired by a couple of photos I spotted on the web and posted to one of my Pinterest boards, I spent a few hours, this past weekend, upgrading some old picture frames and leftover pieces of chicken wire to make these darling little bulletin boards.
They were so easy to make!
All you need is:
- Old wooden picture frames, any size
- chicken wire
- wire cutters
- staple gun
- paint (no need to rush out and get any, just use whatever you’ve got leftover from another project!)
Here are the steps to make your own:
- Remove any backing from the picture frames
- Paint the frames
- When the frames are dry, cut chicken wire to fit, then staple to back of frame. (If you want the wire to match the color of the frame, you can fasten it to the back of the frame first, and then paint the whole thing).
That’s it…easy peasy!
To tack items to the board, small binder clips work well…
What do you think? Could you find a place to use one of these? What kinds of things would you tack to it? How else might you build on this idea? If you’re a “Pinner”, how do you use Pinterest to inspire you?