Why chicken wire Christmas decorations are the latest trend gripping the nation

It sounds strange, but believe us it's BRILLIANT

Yep, you read that right: chicken wire is trending for Christmas decorating this year. This unexpected item makes for the perfect base for layering on lots of festive foliage.

As Donna Butler proves, all you need is some chicken wire, faux foliage, and some baubles to make a beautiful budget Christmas decorating idea for the front door.

If you're looking beyond just investing in the best Christmas wreath this year, Donna shares her imaginative chicken wire creation with us to inspire others to get creative with our Christmas ideas. It's easier than it looks, Donna assures us.

Chicken wire christmas decoration on a white door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Donna Butler)

'I found the inspiration while on Instagram' Donna tells Ideal Home. 'I saw it and thought I have to have that!'.

'My neighbour gave me the chicken wire and I bought most of the items from a local garden centre. I cut the shape out that I wanted. My husband attached it to our lounge door, so I could decorate in the warm!' she says humorously.

Donna explains 'I used a plain Garland and an old Christmas tree to go round the edges of the chicken wire, attaching it with cable ties.'

168 feet Fake Foliage Garland, £18.99, Amazon (opens in new tab)

Add volume and a traditional festive feel with this trailing ivy. Pair it with branches from an old artificial Christmas tree or fake fir branches from Etsy.

Impressionism Slim Pine Cone Garland, £15, John Lewis (opens in new tab)

These artificial pine sprigs and real, glitter-dusted pine cones are surprisingly realistic. Layer this alongside faux eucalyptus stems and red berries.

Door frame decorated with green garland

(Image credit: Future PLC/Donna Butler)

Donna tells us, 'I had no plan when I started, I just made it up as I went along.' Laying all the items out on the floor, Donna starting with the big items, such as the flowers and greenery. Adding in the smaller items, revealing the key is, 'standing back every now and then just to make sure it looked just right.'

'After I had filled it all, I added the baubles and small items. The baubles were attached with plant wire.'

Christmas Pine Cones Garland with Red Berries and LED Lights: £12.99, Amazon (opens in new tab)

We LOVE the fact that this garland has LED lights entwined. They are powered by three AA batteries, and you can tuck the battery pack out of sight inside the chicken wire.

WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Decorated Garland: £34.99, Amazon (opens in new tab)

The faux poinsettia flowers already woven onto this garland make it perfect for creating your own statement piece. Half the work is already done for you with this pre-lit garland.

Black door with Christmas garland

(Image credit: Future PLC/Donna Butler )

48 Pack of Habitat Baubles - Silver: £8, Argos (opens in new tab)

Adorn your festive creation with these classic metallic decorations, or just hang them on the tree. At less than 17p per bauble, they're a bargain.

Artificial pine branches with white berries and pine cones: £14.89, Amazon (opens in new tab)

Scatter through these snowy pine branches and white berries for an understated yet festive look. They measure 15cm and would look great tucked into a napkin on your Christmas day dinner table.

Wow! We're so impressed by Donna's Christmas creation.

Donna says proudly, 'I posted it on a Facebook group, and to date I’ve had 2.5k likes and comments. I’ve had so many messages asking how I did and if I’d make them to sell' Food for thought. 'I have been overwhelmed with the responses I’ve had from it, and thoroughly enjoyed making it' she concludes.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.