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How to Dress Up a Chain-Link Fence

5 Ways to Dress Up a Chain-Link Fence

Does your property line suffer from a chain-link fence? They're not the most design forward of fence types, but don't despair — there are a few fun ways you can dress up a fence for a party or backyard gathering. The Design Center at Philadelphia University featured this beautifully manipulated chain-link fence as part of its Lace in Translation show last Fall. While this type of intricate craftsmanship may be beyond most of our abilities (or time commitment), there are some other fun ways to temporarily change the look of a chain-link fence. For parties or backyard gatherings, try:

  • Suspend dozens of old wine bottles from the fence with twine or picture wire. Add a single gerbera daisy, rose, or other flower to each bottle.
  • Create a living wall by hanging Woolly Pockets from the chain-link fence.
  • Use the fence to hang thrifted frames that feature pictures or photos related to your party's theme. For instance, try framing record covers for a backyard dance party.
  • Use tapestries or swatches of fabric to disguise the fence.

For a video featuring my favorite idea, keep reading!

I also love this idea from Kate Spade New York. Pinwheels become a kinetic sculptural piece when staged on a chain-link fence. So simple and so brilliant! Perfect for a backyard wedding, don't you think?

Do you have any other great ideas for dressing up a chain-link fence? Share them in the comments!

Photo courtesy of The Design Center

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Wow, that lace fence is amazing! I'm totally going to attempt something similar.
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