Shabby Chic Fall Wreath Tutorial

I made this wreath for my front door last year. I really liked the way it turned out, so I wanted to share it here!
Here's what you'll need:
11 x 13 picture frame
12 x 14 piece of chicken wire
wire cutters
small hammer
needle nose pliers
white chalk paint
sealing wax
paint brushes
4 mini clothespins
4 - 3 x 4 wood framed chalkboards
chalk ink
2 x 10 burlap ribbon
18 jute twine
1 silk sunflower
white potpourri mix
glue gun & glue
1. Cut the chicken wire to cover the entire back of the frame. Tack the chicken wire to the back of the frame, leaving enough space at the top for the burlap ribbon strip for hanging up the finished project. Bend back any protruding pieces of wire with the needle nose pliers so you don't get poked!
2. Turn the frame over and paint it along with the chicken wire. I gave the frame two coats of chalk paint, a coat of sealing wax, and distressed it with 80 grit sandpaper. I gave the chicken wire just one coat of white chalk paint to get a chippy look.
As you can see, I painted the frame before I tacked the chicken wire to the back of it. In hindsight, it would have been easier to tack the chicken wire on first, then paint the frame and wire at the same time. Also (I'm probably going to lose my Craft Card for admitting this) this is the very first time I've used chalk paint. On anything. Ever. And I love it. :) I can't wait to use it on future projects! Here's the frame before pic.
3. Make a bow out of the burlap ribbon and tie it on using the jute twine. You can hot glue the ribbon on as well, but I tied mine on so if I decide to use the frame for another project in the future, it will be easy to remove.
4. Arrange and hot glue the silk sunflower and potpourri pieces onto the ribbon. If the potpourri weighs the ribbon down in places, use a tiny drop of hot glue on back of the ribbon to secure it to the frame.
5. Paint the clothespins. I just gave them a quick coat of chalk paint. I clipped a piece of paper to make them easier to maneuver while painting.
6. Letter the chalkboards and pin to the chicken wire with the clothespins.
7. Hang your wreath up and enjoy! :)
The beauty of this wreath is you can always change what you pin or hang on the chicken wire to suit your mood and the seasons.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Click on the link below to see this and other great projects on my blog!
Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

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  • Mary Byrne Kirk
    on Mar 24, 2017

    Going to do this without the burlap and flowers to hang my jewelry from!
  • Joanie
    on Apr 18, 2018

    I like your idea and project.......I only think turning the frame, you could have wrote F A L L.......across the entire frame.

    • The Painted Hinge
      on Apr 18, 2018

      One thing that's nice about this project is that it's easy to change it up and do it the way you suggested too! :)

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