Ever since Rob and I made a chalkboard to hang from the new Murphy bed in our spare room, I've wanted a matching place to hang photos and cards and the like.
I originally thought about creating a cork board for this purpose, but recently came up with another idea
Kathy Wallig, who's contributed several items to my blog over the years , has a large frame filled with chicken wire to collect photos and similar items. She told me it's an easy thing to make. Plus, I love the geometric pattern and slightly rustic look  of chicken wire.
Rob measured the space, and made a frame to fit with oak scrap trim. I wanted it to feature the same shaker style as the Murphy bed and the rest of the woodwork in our house, so Rob had to do some creative assembling.
The trim was so thin that he had to glue it together. He did so by gluing a scrap of trim at the joints, then weighing it down with other boards so it dried flat.
I'm not planning on putting a lot of weight on the frame, so that strategy worked perfectly for this project.
To attach the chicken wire (left over from our tomato prison ) Rob and I actually stapled it to the frame and then cut the wire around it. We have a large roll of chicken wire that likes to bend up to poke you while you're working with it. Our strategy minimized the poking.
I bent the raw wire edges back behind the frame, so they didn't stick out. And, to keep them from scratching the surface of our Murphy bed, I stuck on thin strips of adhesive flannel backing.
To put up the frame, Rob centered an eye (from a hook and eye set) at the top of the panel, and threaded a piece of wire through it and a topmost strand of chicken wire in the frame. Again, this works for us, because the wood frame was too thin to support an actual hook. It also allows us to easily take down the frame when we need to open up the Murphy bed.
I liked the contrast of the bare wood frame with the dark-stained Murphy bed, so I left it plain – no oil, no stain, no paint. I suppose I could always stain or paint it in the future, but I think it looks nice\
Kathy said she uses miniature clothespins, a chopstick woven through the chicken wire or even using clip-on earrings to attach items to her chicken wire frame. I can't wait to experiment with these ideas and start adding some photos.
Here's a photo of both the chalk board and chicken-wire frame together: