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Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to paint a Rustic Chicken Wire Heart! You can get a distressed look with basic craft paints and a washcloth. This is a super easy-peasy DIY — trust me!
Have you seen the rustic farmhouse chicken wire trend? Maybe it isn’t a trend, but many frames and home decor items have chicken wire as part of the decoration. It’s a rustic, farmhouse style that I really like!
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Instead of paying good money for something similar that’s already painted — buy an unfinished chicken wire heart and paint it in the colors that you want to match your own farmhouse decor.
Helpful tip: Simply purchase a ready-made home decor item and customize it with craft paint to match your own color scheme!
Here’s a picture of a rustic chicken wire heart, made by Darice Crafts.
You can buy this on Amazon here for under $10.
The size of the heart is approximately 14 inches by 16 inches, and there is a twine loop at the top for easy hanging.
The wood has a very light rustic white paint finish, so you could display it as is.
I can imagine using these as wedding decor, painted to match the wedding colors, with ribbon or flowers wound through the chicken wire.
I decided to paint mine and embellish it with some of my own ribbons and vintage lace seam binding.
PAINTING WITH A WASHCLOTH??
The paint technique I used to get a weathered-wood finish consists of two paint colors and a wet washcloth.
A wet washcloth?
Yes, and it’s very easy to do!
RUSTIC CHICKEN WIRE HEART
- Chicken wire wood framed heart — Darice Crafts
- Craft paint in yellow and grey — Americana by DecoArt
- Plastic lids to hold paint
- Ribbons, trims
First I applied two coats of yellow craft paint onto the wood frame of the heart.
I did these coats quickly and if my paint brush missed a few spots here and there, I wasn’t worried about it. I’m going for a rustic look!
Next I painted on Grey Storm, waited just a few seconds, then wiped off the paint here and there – in the direction of the heart shape – with an old wet washcloth.
- Make sure your washcloth is wet but not dripping wet.
- Keep painting on the Grey Storm and then wiping back until you love how it looks.
- This is one of those quick paint crafts where there’s no right or wrong way!
- Let dry and you’re all set!
This paint finish looks weathered and distressed — yet no sanding was involved!
I’m always adding ribbons and trims to my projects, and this one was no exception!
First I gathered up everything I thought matched the color scheme and style . . .
Then I played with everything until I was happy.
I ended up choosing one grey ribbon, some vintage seam binding and twine, cutting them the same length, and making a simple bow.
Hang the chicken wire heart as is, or add something special to it, like a treasured photo or greeting card.
The chicken wire also makes this heart handy as a jewelry hanger for earrings.
I’m displaying a vintage birthday postcard in mine.
I love how this DIY came together so quickly! And I’m sure you will too!
Gotta love easy-peasy DIY ideas!
An older version of this tutorial first appeared on Deja Vue Designs, when I was a craft contributor there. This tutorial has been completely updated for you here!