This instructable is strictly on fitting the chicken wire to the opening from the former pane, but I will have a later one coming on the whole project.
Warning! Please be careful when working with blades, glass, old windows (lead paint) etc. Life is too great to ruin it on something silly and preventable. Warning!
Step 1: Before/Materials
Window scraper ($2.29)
Chicken wire - 1 foot per pane ($0.63) x2
Tacks or Staples
Total - $3.89
Step 2: Remove Glass Panes
With the blade in place, the paint peeled away very easily and we pushed the glass out by lightly knocking it. I accidentally broke one piece, but I tried to salvage as much as I could, since it was important for another feature that will be in the later instructable.
Step 3: Cut to Size and Tack
My life isn't that simple though. I cut the wire to size using heavy duty kitchen scissors, but if you have a wire cutter, by all means, use that. My attempt of flattening the wire by placing the window on top of it overnight didn't work. So, I had to make the size of the chicken wire smaller than the size of the opening in the back. Then, I tacked it in place using clear tacks from a packet we had. I wouldn't say this method is too effective, staples would have worked better. Also, the shorter the length of the nail part of the tack, the better, since the wood is thin in between panes. But, you gotta do whatcha gotta do. If you're using tacks, just play with it a little till you get your desired positioning.
The last picture is to show the backside of the window. Yes, we also used tacks to hold up the glass because were lazy.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Handiwork/After
Sorry for the low quality after pictures, Pinterest-esque ones will be available when the final instrucatable is published.
Thanks so much!