I love this project because it was a SUPER easy DIY with easy-to-get hardware store materials, and all under $10! However I’d be lying if I said the process of making this was quick and easy. It took me a few different tries – including attempting to make the grid from scratch – before finding the right materials that actually made this project simple. SO to help you skip all that, let’s jump right to the quick and easy way.
I’ve always played around with different ways to hang my pictures, postcards, and little notes I kept from friends (most recently I’d been sticking with the clothes pins and string aesthetic). I’d recently rearranged my space and decided it was time for an upgrade in my wall decor as well. I wanted something that looked clean, could take up wall space without looking overcrowded, and easy to hang up photos. I’d seen wire grid wall organizers around the internet and even in stores like Urban Outfitters, and I really liked the messy-yet-organized/industrial vibes. Since the prices I saw for these wire grids hit around $40, I went into crafting mode. My first go at it didn’t go well when I tried to make it from scratch (see below). But, I was finally able to make it from a super affordable wire sheet from the hardware store! And by inexpensive I mean under $8. What. A. Steal.
- Rebar Remesh Sheet // I ordered mine from Home Depot for $7.36. They’re mesh sheets that are used to lay tiles so they are pretty large, usually 42in x 7ft. The squares are 6 in x 6 in, which I think are the perfect size for this project!
- Bolt Cutters/heavy duty wire cutters // The metal on the mesh sheet is fairly thick, so I actually bought mini bolt-cutters from Amazon. The mini bolt cutters still required some arm strength, but it definitely did the job.
- Cable clips + nails // I got a bag of 100 for $3.95 on Amazon \.
The mesh sheet will be very rusty, so I first wiped it down with a wet wash cloth. Once it’s cleaned, measure out the size you want your final grid to be, then cut it to size with bolt cutters or heavy-duty wire cutters. I made my final grid 7 x 7 squares.
Next, I used cable clips and long nails to hang the grid. I nailed in 3 at the top and 3 on the bottom of the grid to make sure it was secure. I used really small cable clips (6mm), and hindsight I’d recommend using a larger size because this will provide some space between the wall and the grid, which will help when clipping photos onto the grid.
And that’s it! To hang photos I used a variety of mini clothes pins and clips, but you can choose any sort of clip. Different ones will also have a slightly different aesthetic, so you can really customize it! I’ve also seen some other crafters spray paint the grid, so there’s lots of options to make it look the way you want! I liked the industrial look so I kept mine the way it was.
Making this from scratch: You can definitely make this wire from scratch if that’s more of your jam. Here is a great tutorial on how to. When I tried this, my frugal self wanted to stick with the cheapest dollar-store wire I could find, and I ended up with wire that wasn’t thick enough. The process of straightening each wire piece and then measuring out the grid also was taking forever. I think if I bought better quality/thicker wire, this method would have been more successful.
Cutting the grid: The mesh sheet was way larger than anticipated! If I were to do this again, I would have gotten the sheet cut to size at Home Depot before trying to transport it home (and scratching up my car interior in the process), and then exerting my arm strength trying to cut the wire myself.
Hanging the grid: Even though the size of the cable clips I used worked, I think using a larger size would have been more effective. It helps to have space in between the wall and the grid, and a larger size would be a sturdier support.
Overall, I’m super happy with how this turned out! I love using hardware store materials in a creative way, and I’m really into this industrial vibe.