There's just no denying it. I have a thing for birdcages.
I try not to get my feathers ruffled about it (pun intented).
So, what, you might ask, does a junker do with a bird cage when there are no birds?
Well, make a chandelier of course!
I had this decorative cage hanging around the garage for a few years. My keen-eyed-junk-lovin-sister gave it to me after spotting it at a garage sale.
It didn't have the rusty, aged and worn patina that I generally am drawn to so I bypassed it several times for other projects. I knew it would be safe, right there in the garage.
Longing to have a chandelier in my bathroom, I finally turned to the lonely birdcage. It had a light and airy look about it that I thought just might suit this project perfect.
I gathered up some bling from my stash, hanging crystals
(fake crystals, because fake = more $ left for other junk)
and some shiny Christmas garland I hadn't used in awhile.
I had a light kit from a paper lantern store. They are super easy to use when transforming unexpected things into light fixtures.
I forced the cord to hang straight with a highly technical wrap method and some wire. ;)
Then wrapped the cord in burlap ribbon. Gotta love burlap!
Once I got the cord all tucked nice and neat in the burlap, I realized I had not added anything to actually "hang" the chandelier from. I don't like using the cord to support the weight of a project, even if it's light.
So I used a
flyswatter super secret junker's tool to fish some jute twine through the burlap and secured to the top of the birdcage.
Notice all the bling? It's maybe a bit much for me...I'm more of a burlap and rust kind of gal, but I'll give it a chance.
There she is...all pretty and shiny. After trying a few different bulbs, I settled on one with low wattage, so it can be left on as a nightlight for those middle of the night bathroom visits.
What do you think? Too blingy?
Now, you didn't think that proclaiming my love for birdcages meant I only had one, did you?
Here are a few more that have made their way around my home.
Isn't that a sweet pulley to hang another birdcage light fixure in my laundry/sewing/diy room?!
I've been waiting to do a before and after post on organizing this room.
Like that's gonna happen.
And this, my dear friends, is the sweet romantic corner where my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine and share our daily stories.
What do you use your birdcages for?