Saturday, March 26, 2016

Chicken wire fun

How cool is this?

I was working in the yard and had some remnant scraps of chicken wire.  Actually, I was working on the flower beds around the scrap shack.  What a great segue for me to yak about the shack...

Little daughter and I had planted bulbs in the fall and the @#$%^ squirrels dug up many of them... rrr.  So I had to carefully dig through the torn-up soil to see where some tulips were actually still in place... what a pain.  But it was sunny, and little daughter was playing with a buddy in the yard, so it was fine.  My folks had given me a bag of gladiola bulbs last week, and I had some leftover tulips and bluebells (!) that should have been planted in the fall.  I planted them all, and snipped some chicken wire to keep the varmints out!

See the chicken wire and wood around the flower beds?  I mean BUSINESS, squirrels!  Ya hear me???
Pardon the mess... we have't gotten back to construction since the fall.  So, here's where the magic happens.  I painted the stripes on the doors so the birds won't run into them--  I am looking into more attractive options, but that was a quick fix.  We obviously need to face the top, and trim out the corners and frames.  I'll need a step eventually, a few bird feeders, and a window box! (I'll show you the inside soon... it's a MESS!)  I've mentioned this before, I think, but my awesome hubs built this last summer/fall, and we finished it with 75-year old boards from the original mill in town.  The roof is also old corrugated metal from the mill.

Back to the project!  Supplies and notes:
  • I used a Sizzix embossing folder on the library catalog card then sprayed it with LSG mist in Ethereal Emerald... of course the pictures seldom do the sheen justice...
  • I used a piece of chicken wire that was roughly cut the size of the card and I used my pliers to curl the ends around the card.
  • The birds are from my National Geographic bird guide for scrappin', and I popped them up on dimensional.  These are non-native in my area... They are actually mostly in Mexico.
  • The flower at the top is from one of Tim's packs... I did not alter the color of it because the pewter that I bought it in went so well with the wire.  I glued it on with E-3000 
I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:


  1. This is really clever with great techniques to create different textures

    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. I love your chicken house and I adore that you were inspired by your real chicken wire work to create this wonderful Mixed Media piece!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!
    Happy Easter!
    oxo Susi

  3. Very clever use of chicken wire, such an original nature scene for the birds. Love this creative style!

  4. A fantastic project, a great use of the wire. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

  5. Definitely cool! I love this! Good Luck with the bulb protection plan! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  6. Oh I want to come over!!! Glad the weather will allow you to finish it up, it's really grand in my opinion. Love it! Gorgeous tag, lovely texture and images. So awesome!

  7. yaayy a real chicken Wire
    I never got it in my life
    love love love this Mimi
    so nature and so clever
    I am soo behind at comment
    really sorry kids was here at Easter holiday 2 weeks
    must visiting you more often
    you are soo busy bee now hehe