• Tue, Jan 8 2013

Anyone Crafty? I’ve Got This Birdcage.

DIY birdcage

So, a friend gave me a birdcage, probably because I said “I want a birdcage.” And I did. Because, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the novella, not the movie, Holly got Paul a birdcage, and it was charming. I’m not sure how I felt like that meant I also needed a birdcage, but I kept thinking of that, while randomly flinging off desires like “give me chocolate! Fetch me a birdcage! Punch a guy on the way to work!”

No, no, that is not really how it happened. This birdcage was in someone’s possession and they did not want it. Now I have it. It’s lovely! But what do I do with it?

I’m not going to get a bird. In case you were wondering.

Ashley suggested I put a light inside it, but then she told me I probably wasn’t handy enough. Ashley is a blobby.

I considered putting some sea monkeys in it, or maybe stuffed animals. I know a plant is the obvious choice, but it might be tough to always take it in and out to water it? What about a picture of Alfred Hitchcock? Right now, I’m not even sure how to go about hanging it from my ceiling, though, so I’ll take absolutely any ideas you’ve got.

Are you crafty? What would a crafty person do with a birdcage? I’m thinking of putting stuffed animals in their and making them all look like they’re desperately trying to escape, but I’m afraid my apartment is getting weird.

Seriously, it’s really lovely, and I want to do something cool with it.

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  • Sean

    I thought of putting a lamp in it, but when the lamp is on it would project the bars of the cage around the room and give it a prison vibe. Nothing about a prison vibe feels appropriate.

    Put an ivy in there and let it grow around the cage. That might look nice.

  • LCT

    Make it a shoe display! Or maybe a stack of your prettiest books. Or a few pillar candles.

  • Nikola

    Use colored string or thread, tie it to one of the bars, and weave it back and forth through the inside of the cage. It will look like caged pick up sticks or something.

  • Ms. Pants

    Obvious answer is a candle cluster once you hang it or find a spot to plunk it for good.

    Personally, I don’t like candles so I don’t have them in my house. If I had a birdcage (and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve toyed with the idea of seeking one out), I’d probably hang it and store bright coloured yarn in it. But then, I use the yarn for projects.

    Do you throw parties a lot? Have people over often? You could use it as sort of a “memory bank” or a “wish bank.” Let people write down memories of your times together, pithy quotes, blah blah, fold up, and slip through the bars. (Maybe weave a bit of clear vellum through the bars at the bottom to keep the slippage to a minimum.) You could have a New Year’s do in December wherein you open all the pieces of paper in there.

  • Fabel

    You should put a doll in it. A creepy one, maybe with one eye.

  • Ali

    At CB2 they had this cage and they put little candle votives that were shaped like birds inside

    • AmbienceChaser

      Ooh, bird-shaped candles is a cool idea. Either that or something like mannequin hands.

  • Jaclyn

    Battery operated white christmas lights wrapped around it and a really pretty fake bird inside.

  • Holly

    I think would not do anything too permanent. It might be fun to put different things in to fit the mood, season, etc. I do like the ideas of colored lights though, because personally I would cover everything I own in twinkling lights if I could. Bookshelves, windows, cats, baby….everything.

  • MR

    Then you must see ‘Frankie and Johnny’. Frankie had a parrot. :)

  • Suzanne Sloane

    I think now is as good a time as any to finally begin a toenail clipping collection.

  • Matt Finish

    I love bird cages! I have them all over my house (no birds either). i found this on Pinterest, and it’s about the easiest craft a non-crafty person can do. http://pinterest.com/pin/489625790707986852/

  • Tanya

    A jewelry display/holder situation? You know to hang earrings and other jewelry items in an Etsy-Pinterest-y-artsy fartst sort of way that would instagram really well.

  • Wray

    I would most likely put a stick succulent inside and have all the “branches” stick out the sides, or I would put a several candles inside mason jars of all different heights inside and have a glowing birdcage, tres chic!