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.
What you need to make a fabric Birdcage
How to make a fabric birdcage
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Now your frame is ready to cover in fabric.
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.