Gorgeous spring fabric birdcage

DIY Fabric Birdcage for Spring

To participate in hometalk’s DIY my spring blog hop, I have made some gorgeous fabric birdcage decorations. Maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of an ornithologist, spring makes me think of birds. Which gave me the idea to make the fabric birdcage. It took me about an hour to make the cages, only using the things that I already had at home.
 
They make a lovely gift & as with my fabric birdhouses can be personalised by using an old shirt of the recipients. Any old fabric scraps will do, I’ve been eyeing up an old pink striped shirt of my husbands which I think I’ll use next.
 
Fabric Birdcage - Pillarboxblue.com
 

What you need to make a fabric Birdcage

  • 2 wire coat hangers (like the ones you get from the dry cleaners)
  • Small round metal flan case or any round object about 7-8cm in diameter. If you don’t have anything like that, you can just use a round bit of stiff cardboard
  • Scraps of cotton fabric, or an old cotton shirt.
  • Pliers, wire cutters, glue brush, duct tape & modge podge (or PVA glue).
  • Small twig and twine
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    What You need to make fabric birdcage - Pillarboxblue
     

    How to make a fabric birdcage

    1. Firstly you need to make your birdcage frame. Take your coat hangers and cut them with wire cutters in the two places shown in the picture below.  
    2. Next shape your hanger into the shape below using duct tape in the corner to hold it in place. Do this to both hangers, but cut the top hook off the second hanger.
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    4. Slot your two hangers together to form a cross shape and secure in place with duct tape. Don’t worry about how much duct tape you use as you will be covering it all in fabric.
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       Fabric birdcage frame
       
      Now your frame is ready to cover in fabric.
       

    6. Tear your fabric into strips about 3cm wide, tearing gives a better effect than cutting. With a brush paste the wrong side of the fabric with your glue and then wrap round the wire frame overlapping as you go. Continue until the whole frame is covered.
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    8. Cover whatever you are using for the base in fabric and stick this to the bottom of your cage. This is relatively easy to do as you are sticking fabric to fabric
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      Fabric Birdcage - Pillarboxblue.com
       

    10. Your fabric birdcage is almost finished. All you need is to hang a twig from the frame with some twine to make a perch and add your bird. I bought by bird months ago on a trip to Brighton, but they are easy enough to find on ebay. You could even make a fabric one yourself there are loads of patterns on pinterest.
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    Fabric Birdcage - Pillarboxblue.com
     
    Fabric Birdcage - Pillarboxblue.com
     
    Fabric birdcage - full tutorial Pillarboxblue.com
     
    As I mentioned this is part of Hometalk’s Spring blog hop, so don’t forget to check out all the other great posts listed below and to search for the #DIYMySpring on social media.
     
     
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    44 Responses

    1. These are so charming! These are on my must try list- Love how you can use a favorite fabric to make them really personal! Linking up from DIY Spring
      Cheers

      • Thank you very much ! I love to use fabric scraps for projects and keep any pretty old shirts for future projects.

    2. Such a creative project! Love how you were able to re-use wire hangers. Thanks for sharing tutorial.

    3. Great hanger upcycle project for spring!!!

    4. Wow! I can’t believe you made these using coat hangers! So clever!!

    5. They are adorable. I love that you have used bits and pieces you had in the house!

      • Thank you ! I love to craft with stuff that I have round the home.

    6. Hi Claire – I was like… how on earth did she make that?!?!? Coat hangers are you kidding me – so creative! Visiting as a fellow contributor to #DIYMySpring. Hope your week is full of sunshine! Hugs, Holly

    7. What a wonderful project! I love it!

    8. Claire, this is a great way to use those old wire hangers. This project is on my to do list now. I can only imagine how beautiful they are going to look on our deck. Thanks for this creative idea!!

      • Thank you ! Happy to have inspired I’m sure they will look fantastic on your deck.

    9. What a creative idea! I love the fabric prints. Perfect for Spring.

    10. I would have never guessed wire hangers! Very inventive.

    11. What a cute idea. Who would have thought you could make this with a hanger!!!

    12. These are SO sweet, and I love that you repurposed clothes hangers…great idea 🙂

    13. Claire these are so bright and cheerful! I love repurposed clothing projects and these are definitely on my to do list! Thanks for the inspiration. ;o)

      • Thank you ! I love to make stuff with the bits I have lying around. Trouble is I can become a bit of a hoarder.

    14. I really would have never guessed those were coat hangers! Birds have been a huge topic lately with my daughter so I think I will show her this and see if she wants to make one. Thanks for the idea!

      • Thank you ! They are easy and fun to make so hopefully she’ll enjoy making one.

    15. How fun and creative!! Love that they are made with hangers. My girls would love to make some with me. Thanks for the awesome idea!

    16. Awwwww, how sweet! Great tutorial on how to make these. We have a generous stash of wire hangers from the dry cleaners…perfect project for those!

      • Thanks ! Who’d thought you could make something pretty out of those ugly hangers.

    17. Cute! And a really good instruction.

    18. Your birdcages are so adorable Claire. Love the colourful fabrics!

    19. Hangers! I would have never seen that coming. These are precious! They remind me of my visit to Maui… such a neat vibe!

      • Thank you so much ! I loved reading about your visit to Maui, I want to go.

    20. I have a thing for bird cages, and these are beautiful! I absolutely love what you’ve done here! Pinning!!!!!

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    21. Just popping back in to say thanks so much for sharing your awesome bird cages at Vintage Charm

    22. What a cool and original idea Claire. I also love to use fabric to wrap around anything that looks ugly to me or to add some zip. This was insanely creative of you. Visiting as a fellow contributor to the blog hop.

      • Thank you very much. I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder, the hardest bit I find is choosing a fabric.

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