Decorating with Birdcages

January 7, 2014



Some of you might recall this beautiful vintage birdcage I scored during my Michigan's Longest Garage Sale adventure this past summer.   I innocently asked you whether or not I should paint it and the resounding answer was no!  So I've left it alone for now, but I can't promise anything, especially once spring rolls around.

There are so many things you can do with birdcages from a decor standpoint.  I want to share some great birdcage decorating ideas with you, but first I want to share how I recently used my own birdcage.  I managed to clean it up and use it for Christmas decorating this year.  Chickadee number one inspired me to fill it with ornaments for a simple, yet festive, look.


I ended up with a ton of red ornaments from Goodwill after a post-Christmas score last year, and I was happy to have them this year to fill the new birdcage.

 I. used. every. one.


I added a pre-made burlap ribbon to the top of the cage.


I thought it worked well in my foyer vignette, but what I really want to see is a sparkling chandelier hanging from the inside of it.


Vintage Birdcage Chandelier Extra Large

Now I've seen other so-called "birdcage chandeliers" come up when you google the term, but they're mostly just birdcages with a traditional light fixture inside of it.  

Nope, not what I'm looking for.  

I'm talking 

the 
r-e-a-l 
d-e-a-l, 
folks.  

A dripping-with-crystals true-blue chandelier like the one from Restoration Hardware.  

I've actually seen some small crystal chandys sold by Ikea and Hobby Lobby, so I'm pretty confident that if I don't find one in my thrifty travels first, I can pick one up there for a reasonable price when I'm ready to add one to my own birdcage.  Stayed tuned for that transformation.

Since there are probably a million ways to incorporate birdcages into your everyday décor, I've taken the liberty of choosing just a few examples that I love and think are doable for just about anyone.

I've been known to do this myself -- place birdcages on top of books and fill them with natural elements.






I've even been known to place vintage books inside some of my birdcages, although I can't say that I have a birdcage that's anywhere near as impressive as this one!  

 Don't you just love it?


;

There are many ways to use them outside as well.
I love how they're used for this casual farmhouse dinner.



And flowers are always a welcome addition.



Candles are yet another simple, yet romantic idea, too.  Just watch out if it's made of wood!


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I really need to start a birdcage Pinterest board, don't you think?

Hopefully I've sparked some ideas for the new year!

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NanaDiana said...

OMGOSH- I am ahead of the game- I have that EXACT birdcage with hydrangeas stuck in it in an almost identical pattern. HEY! Someone copied MY idea! lol Loved this post!!!! xo Diana

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What lovely post, Kathleen! I love your birdcage in the Spring and Christmas vignettes! I love your idea of adding a chandy too! I have my fingers crossed you will find one very soon. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous images- lots of inspiring ideas!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am also another one that loves pretty birdcages. Really like the idea of a chandelier in one. The decorating possibilities are endless.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love what you did with your cage. Thanks for all the inspiration. I have two old cages and need a different look.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I love birdcages too, and have at least 4 that I can think of right now.....they are just a fun accessory, I think....liked some of these ideas for things to put inside.Never thought of candles or books. That Crystal chandelier inside that bird cage was breathtakingly beautiful. What a clever idea..........
Thanks for sharing these great ideas,
Blessings for a Beautiful New Year,
Nellie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I would be the one with the candles inside. Love birdcages. Love candles.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love all these images, Kathleen! I have one that I spray painted Heirloom White several years ago. I'm starting to think I should have left it alone. Love that one you got. I need to get some good ideas for what to put in mine. It's kind of big and I have it sitting on a pedestal in our sunroom.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I never pass up a birdcage! I love the one with ornaments and the idea of making it into a chandelier....I can't wit to see that!!

Carol

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Beautiful uses of birdcages. I don't own one, but now I'll be on the lookout for one when I'm thrifting! Really like the one filled with books.

laura Madalene said...

Thank you so much for sharing your Room Décor. I can see from the first picture, the green color is being the best option. Although the green is not the main color, I still can see that it is becoming the great combination. Meanwhile, if I do not like to have bright color, I can choose calm color such as white. As I know that white color is great color, because it will suit with other color. Also for the furniture, I can use corner cabinet. But I have to make sure that the material is good. bathroom design

Nook and Cranny said...

Love, love a bird cage!
Visiting from Common Ground today.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathleen! I adore birdhouses and your vintage one is beautiful!
The birdhouse chandelier is amazing. Thanks for joining the Open House party and have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Sherry

must love junk said...

I've always loved birdcages, too! You've got some great pics-and yours is so cute, too! :)
Susan

Tammy Killoough said...

I adore bird cages...and a absolutely love what you did with yours. Thanks for sharing with us on Twirl and Take a Bow on Tuesdays. ~Tammy

Tammy Killoough said...

Kathleen, I'm featuring your birdcages on Twirl and Take a Bow this week over at Deja Vue Designs....I'd love it if you'd head over and see...and link up another of your fabulous projects! ~Tammy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love the first image! I think I will steal this idea for next Christmas.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the birdcages and how fabulous they can be in decor. Great post.

You also mentioned on my blog that you were looking for fabulous wood lamps like I pictured, I found some online at Kirklands for $39.95 each. They are also exactly like the pic and so much like what I have seen at Restoration. Take a look.

Hugs, Marty

Privet and Holly said...

Each idea is prettier than
the next! And honestly, I
would rather see anything
in a cage except a bird!
Probably because I had
parakeets as a girl and it
makes me sad in retrospect
to think that these little
creatures spent eight years
living in that little cage,
rather than flying free....

xo Suzanne

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