Decorative Birdcages For The Home

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Birdcages have a simple charm that works well with most decorating styles. There are many creative ways to use decorative birdcages in your design that add a touch of whimsy and fun. Birdcages can be purchased inexpensively at garage sales, thrift stores, off Craigslist or at swap meets. When looking for a birdcage to use in decorating, don’t worry much about the color. You can spray paint the cage to whatever color you would like, so focus on the cage’s general condition and design. If the cage has a pleasing, unusual shape, a little bit of rust or wear is fine.

Using Your Decorative Birdcage for Lighting

There are many ways to light up a birdcage. It’s a perfect combination; the delicacy of a birdcage mixed with a light source looks almost magical.

Decorative Birdcage Ceiling Fixture

If you have a bare bulb hanging from your ceiling, or an ugly glass fixture covering a bulb, you can create a wonderful ceiling light with a decorative birdcage.

  • Choose a cage that is an interesting shape, and a small to medium size. Paint the cage if desired, or leave it rusty and worn depending on your decorating style.
  • Remove the bottom of the cage. You will be attaching the cage to the ceiling over the light bulb with hooks, so choose four hooks large enough to fit through the bars of the cage and hold it in place.
  • Measure your cage, and mark the corners on the ceiling. Screw in hooks at each corner.
  • Hang the cage, with the bottom up against the ceiling so the cage is upside down over the light bulb.
  • Using craft wire, attach one or two faux birds to the outside of the cage, so they appear to be clinging to the bars.

Decorative Birdcages For The Home

Decorative Birdcage Candleholders

A metal birdcage looks so romantic filled with candles. No wooden cages for this, you want your display to stay safe, so only use metal. It’s a very simple look to create.

  • Just choose a birdcage with a shape you love, and spray paint if desired. Create a shabby chic look by painting the cage white, then using sandpaper to wear away the paint in the corners and near the cage door for an aged look.
  • You can set the cage on a table, or hang it from the ceiling with wire or hooks.
  • Fill the cage with a selection of pillar candles and tea lights. All candles must be fat enough to stand securely on their own, or be in small holders to keep them steady.
  • Light the candles, and dim the room lights for the ultimate in romantic lighting.

Icicle Lights

If you have a short string of small icicle twinkle lights leftover from the holidays, and a beautiful large birdcage, you can create an enchanting light fixture. Your cage will need to be positioned close enough to an electrical outlet for you to plug in the lights, whether that is sitting on a table or suspended from the ceiling.

  • Run the lights into the cage through the bottom or the back.
  • Coil the lights around the bottom of the cage, then pick out separate icicles strands and run them up the sides of the cage and through the center. You can use small lengths of wire to fasten the lights to the bars of the cage.
  • Step back frequently as you adjust the lights, and continue to tweak the positioning until it meets with your approval. The lights should rise and twist throughout the cage to give an asymmetrical, intriguing display.

Greenery Displays in Your Decorative Birdcage

Flowers, greenery and birdcages go together beautifully for a natural, soft look.

Ivy Birdcage

Choose a birdcage with a simple structure. You want a cage that doesn’t have too many bars, just an open cage with few wires creating the birdcage shape.

  • You will need a length of faux ivy from the craft store. Choose greenery with small leaves for the best appearance.
  • Clip some of the ivy so you can line the inside bottom of the cage with the leaves, then coil a few circles of vine around the outside bottom of the cage.
  • Clip some short lengths of ivy vine, and twist around the vertical bars of the cage, using pieces of thin wire to hold the leaves in place. Let a few sprigs of ivy overlap at the top of the cage, then attach a length of burlap ribbon to hang the cage from a hook in the ceiling.
  • Place a faux bird inside the cage, perched on a wire or on a wooden rod running through the cage.

Houseplant Display

  • For a simple, natural and appealing look, just fill a large birdcage with small, potted houseplants. Ferns work particularly well for this, giving an old-fashioned yet fresh look to your décor.

Wall of Birdcages

If you have several small birdcages, you can create a unique wall display. For an eye-catching look, paint each cage a different color. If you prefer a more subdued décor, paint them all to match.

  • Using hooks, attach each cage to the wall so that the front of the cage faces outwards.
  • Place a small, potted plant inside each cage. You can use real plants or faux for this, and add a few small faux birds, nests or shells for extra interest.

Floral Bouquet

For an unusual centerpiece, start with a small to medium birdcage with a tall shape. Set a small vase or bowl of water on the bottom of the cage.

  • Choose fresh flowers with fairly large, round blooms. Chrysanthemums, daisies, carnations, roses and sunflowers will all work well.
  • From outside the cage, gently push the stems of the flowers through the bars into the water. Angle flowers from different directions around the cage to create the most pleasing arrangement. Flowers should be at different heights, and positioned evenly all around the cage.

There are so many creative ways to display birdcages. Whether you prefer lights or flowers, your creation will look lovely in your home, and inspire you to further crafty endeavors.

Last Updated: June 14, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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