DIY Holiday Décor: Bottle Cap Birdcage

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I’ve been in love with bird décor for quite some time. Cages, feathers, nests and little birds of all kinds have found their way into my home and they’re certainly not going anywhere. Maybe it’s that decorations like these make me feel closer to nature – I can’t really be sure of the reason, but as soon as I came across this tiny birdcage, I was instantly in love. It would be so adorable hanging on a Christmas tree or a little branch in your bedroom. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have mine on display all year round. It’s not hard to make, but this birdcage definitely requires a good amount of concentration.

What you need:

DIY Wire Bird Cage

A bottle cap (I used one from a Perrier bottle)
A hammer
A nail
Copper wire in 2 different sizes(I used 26 gauge and 20 gauge)
Wire cutters
Pliers
A permanent marker

What you do:

1. Use a hammer and nail to puncture a small hole on the outside of your bottle cap. Do this 6 times total, and space the holes evenly between one another.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

DIY Wire Bird Cage

DIY Wire Bird Cage

2. Use paint or permanent marker to color your bottle cap however you like. I made mine black to match the wire, and used a permanent marker because I knew it would dry quickly.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

3. Cut 3 pieces of the thicker wire, about 6 inches each, and bend them into U shapes.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

4. Use pliers to bend up about ¾ an inch of wire on either end.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

5. Thread one piece of wire through two holes that are directly opposite one another, with the largest portion of the wire in the middle of the bottle cap.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

6. Use pliers to tightly wrap the ends around the wire. Repeat these steps with all 3 wires, making sure to thread each one through two opposing holes.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

7. Pinch the wires together about ½ inch from the top.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

8. Cut a 2-inch piece of the thick wire and wrap tightly around all of the wires, about 5 or 6 times around. Cut off any excess.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

9. Use your fingers to round out the tops of the wires so that you have more of a birdcage shape.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

10. Cut 3 pieces of the thinner wire, about 4-5 inches each.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

11. Beginning about ½ inch from the bottom, wrap the wire around each rung until you’re back where you began. Wrap the wire around itself to secure.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

12. Do this two more times, spacing each thin wire about ½ inch from the one below it.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

13. To make a hook, create the shape below using a thin piece of wire.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

14. Thread the wire through the top loop of your cage, and wrap it around a few times to secure it.

DIY Wire Bird Cage

DIY Wire Bird Cage

That’s it! Go hang your itty bitty birdcage wherever you wish! Now I’m on a hunt for a tiny little bird to put inside. If you have any ideas where I can find one, let me know!

DIY Wire Bird Cage

DIY Wire Bird Cage

Photos by Brigette and Julia.

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Liv -December 11, 2012, 7:34AM

This is such a cute idea!

Eva -December 11, 2012, 8:34AM

ooh very cute…just what I needed to add to my Christmas tree!

Marina -December 11, 2012, 9:58AM

Im in love!!! You guys have the best ideas.

megan -December 11, 2012, 10:29AM

So cute! Brigette check at hobby lobby in the jewelry section for a tiny bird. I believe I have seen a bird charm there :)

Alexandra -December 11, 2012, 12:47PM

Very cute. I have a box of wood parrots I got in Ecuador (don’t ask) that I’ve wanted to something with, so I think I’ll use this diy to make a larger cage. On a side note, there is a gal on etsy who sell hand painted tiny animals, including birds. They are pretty freaking adorable; may be just te ting for these mini cages.
Here’s the site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandyMaiden

http://www.infinite-within.blogspot.com

April -December 22, 2012, 6:43PM

Love the idea! It’s great because it includes stuff that I have around the house :D

Also- LOVE the hammer decoration!

Maddie Mcloughlin -February 25, 2013, 3:59PM

So cute! Does anyone know how to post pictures

Maisie -June 24, 2013, 11:52AM

This is perfect! If anyone else has tried this please email them to me!

Bird Cages -February 11, 2014, 4:01PM

Craft making and DIY projects are always so exciting. Get your creative side out. Bird cages are also becoming very in nowadays and they very pretty adding a vintage look to the surrounding.

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