How to Make a Wreath From Chicken Wire and Feathers

To make this unusual and rustic wreath, wrap salvaged chicken wire around a wooden ring, then embellish it with colorful feathers and craft birds.
Chicken Wire and Feathers Christmas Wreath

Chicken Wire and Feathers Christmas Wreath

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This easy-to-make wreath took little time and money. Salvaged chicken wire was used to create petals around the wreath. Then we dressed the wreath with feathers and birds, but you can dress it with almost anything.

Materials and Tools:

wire cutters
heavy-duty stapler
hot glue gun
hammer
salvaged chicken wire
flat wooden wreath form (12- or 6-inch)
feathers
craft chickens
white spray paint
22-gauge floral wire

Paint the Ring

Spray-paint the wooden ring and let it dry.

Cut the Wire Into Strips

Cut chicken wire into wide strips using wire cutters. Make the strips long enough — about 12 to 14 inches — so you can bend them into big U-shaped petals.

Cutting wire

Cutting wire

Twist And Loop

Twist the strips to be almost like a ribbon.

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather Wreath Construction

Attach Loops to Ring

Staple the strips in petal shapes all the way around wooden wreath form. If necessary, use a hammer to secure the staples.

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather Wreath Construction

Add Wire Backing

Around the inside of the wreath, on top of the underside of the petals, lay a twisted ribbon of chicken wire and attach to the wooden form with staples. Secure with a hammer.

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather Wreath Construction

Paint the Wreath

Spray-paint the whole wreath.

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather It

Insert feathers into the chicken wire. You can glue them down to make sure they're secure.

Feathers on wreath

Feathers on wreath

Add Chicks

Place chickens around the bottom and secure with floral wire.

Feather Wreath Construction

Feather Wreath Construction

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.

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