Hello! Wednesday is craft day here at Roost, which means that today’s post is going to (hopefully!) inspire you to get stuck in and get making – this week, I’m going to be showing you how to make a DIY wire noticeboard for the princely sum of around £18. (Which considering they’re about a gazillion pounds to buy, is pretty bargainous!)
You Will Need:
1 sheet of chicken wire / garden fencing (I found mine in the garden section of B&Q, with the trellises)
4 lengths of unfinished timber (also from B&Q) – mine were about 1m in length
6 corner braces (B&Q again!)
6 small screws
6 larger screws
Emulsion paint in a colour of your choice (I used a tester pot, and there was plenty left over)
Strong wood glue
A hacksaw and a sheet of sandpaper
A staple gun and staples (you can find these for about a fiver on Amazon, and they’re amazingly handy to have)
1. First you’re going to make the frame. Lay the sheet of wire on the floor and place the timber lengths around the edges – the two shorter sides will probably need to be trimmed, so measure and mark where you’re going to cut.
2. Once you’ve cut the timber to the right size, lay the lengths on the floor and assemble them into your frame. It’s quite helpful to use a book, or something with perfect right angles to make sure your corners are straight. Apply the glue to the joins, then leave to dry – I pushed mine against the wall and then wedged it in place with some heavy books, so it stayed in position while the glue set.
3. Once the glue has dried, staple over the joins for a little bit of extra sturdiness!
4. Cover the floor with newspaper or a dust sheet and paint your frame in your chosen colour – I went with grey, because I tend to change things a lot, and it seemed like a sensible choice. You could go for anything though; acid brights, neons, pastels, black, white, metallic… you could even use washi tape and then varnish over the top!
5. Once you’ve painted all sides of your frame, and it’s thoroughly dry, you need to attach the wire. Lay your frame flat on the floor, and line the sheet of wire up so it sits evenly in the centre, then staple around each to hold it in place.
6. The last job is to attach the corner braces – these are going to make the noticeboard stand away from the wall, so you can actually hang stuff on it (otherwise it would be flat against the wall, and you’d spend your life wrestling with it). Take three braces, and spread them equally along the top, and then fix them in place with the smaller of the screws. Turn your noticeboard upside down, and repeat along the bottom.
7. Mark whereyou want your noticeboard to hang then use the longer screws on the other side of the braces to fix it on the wall. Done!