Chicken Wire Memo Board

Chicken Wire Memo Board

Make a memo board from reclaimed wood and inexpensive chicken wire.

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A little bit country, a little bit rustic—create a unique memo board from chicken wire and reclaimed wood.

(4) pieces of reclaimed wood board (two cut to 4’ and two cut to 2’)
Chicken wire
Staple gun
(4) L-brackets with screws included
Impact driver drill
Wire cutters
220-grit sandpaper
Old rag
Heavyweight picture hanging hardware



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  1. Purchase the reclaimed wood boards from a reclaimed woodshop or an architectural salvage shop. Some places will offer to cut the wood for you at the time of purchase. If not, you can take the wood to your local hardware store where they can cut the wood for you. While the wood is being cut, also be sure to ask if they can cut the ends of each board to a 45 degree angle. This will allow you to form the rectangular frame.
  2. Using the 220-grit sandpaper, gently sand the reclaimed wood boards to remove any splinters or jagged edges that may have been left during the cutting process.

Tip: Be sure not to sand the pieces too heavily. Ideally, you’d like the wooden boards to keep their vintage feel. 

  1. Use the dry rag to wipe away any sawdust that was created during the cutting process.
  2. On a large working space, place the reclaimed wood boards, 45 degree angle end to 45 degree angle end, to create a rectangle frame.
  3. Place one L-bracket at each of the corners (set about 2” in from the outer edge) and drive one screw into each hole, using the impact driver drill. This will create a solid frame.
  4. Unroll the chicken wire over the backside of the frame. Using the wire cutters, carefully cut the wire about 11/2” wider on all sides than the inside “window” of the frame.
  5. Pull the chicken wire taut and use a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frame. Staple around the perimeter of the frame, spacing each staple about 2” apart.
  6. Once the chicken wire memo board has been assembled, hang it on the wall using the heavyweight picture hanging hardware, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Use clothespins to attach lists, notes and even drawings to the chicken wire on the memo board. 

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