Spring Challenge: Chicken Wire Tussy Mussy

Today we are going to be making an over-sized, outdoor, tussy mussy of sorts.  Typically, a tussy mussy is a small, triangular, metal vessel designed to hold flowers.  Sometimes they are used in weddings to hold bouquets or placed on doorknobs in the home.  This chicken wire version is a monster sized reconfiguration of the idea, meant to add an outdoor “vase” for your garden.  These could also be really fabulous at an outdoor wedding to line the aisles!

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-2Supplies needed to make your own chicken wire tussy mussy:supply2

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-suppliesThe first thing you will need is a frame.  I found that the smaller size (18″) metal easel is the perfect size for the chicken wire.  These easels are meant to hold wreaths but they fit our purposes perfectly, just upside down.

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-frameSee how perfectly the lengths line up?

chicken wire and frameStep 1: Open the frame up into a triangle. Stretch the chicken wire around the frame and cut the wire to make an upside down pyramid.  Your cuts will leave open pieces of wire that you tuck into the form to secure it together.  You might want wire cutters and gloves for this part, but I used my bare hands and basic kitchen scissors.

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-1Step 2:  Once you have the form secure, add the wired garland around the rim. Twist and weave, tucking pieces of metal into and around the garland.  You don’t want to have free pieces of metal sticking out everywhere!

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-2Step 3: Once you go around the rim once or twice, loop the garland making a handle.  I made my handle with four “arms.” One of each point of the pyramid and one at the back.  Three would also suffice.

Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire.

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-4 If you do want to make a bow, I can’t recommend the Bowdabra enough.  It takes seconds to make a perfect bow in any size, even with mammoth burlap.

Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 5Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 6Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 7To make my potting bench even cuter, I added a little pennant banner.

Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 7I cut vinyl pieces with my Silhouette – clouds, polka dots and some ampersands. Then added walnut stain directly over the top of both.

Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 8I left it at one coat because I liked the look of the wood grain showing through and the way the stain faded along the edges of the vinyl pieces.  I had actually planned to peel them off leaving the bare wood silhouettes, but I really liked the look of the stain over the vinyl. If you don’t have a cutting machine,  you could certainly use vinyl cutouts, stickers or hand cut vinyl shapes.  I crafted for years without one!

Step 4: Add a little color by twisting your mossy garland around the form.  This gives color and movement and you could stop here or add a smaller bow if you so desire. 9Finish off your chicken wire tussy mussy and banner with a few fresh flowers or cut blooming branches from the garden.

Chicken-wire-mussy-tussy-Crafts-Unleashed-1And your chicken wire tussy mussy is done!

Burlap Bow and Polka Dot Banner

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About Amy Renea

Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living! www.anestforallseasons.com

Comments

  1. You could absolutely use a tomato cage Lisa, but the back would be rounded instead of flat with the shape losing the pyramid style. You couldn’t easily hang it on a wall, table side, etc. end ones hanging from tree branches would be really pretty for a wedding though! I did get some metal rings to try making round baskets with the same techniques. We will see how those turn out!

  2. Lisa Sisco says:

    really cute! a small circular tomato cage would work for the frame as well!

  3. Thanks Morena and Glenna!

  4. Beautiful!

  5. Fabulous idea! Love the burlap bow you added to it.

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