Tutorial For A Gorgeous Scrap Fabric Birdcage

DIY Fabric Birdcage Decoration For Spring

Maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of an ornithologist, spring makes me think of birds. Which gave me the idea to make a scrap fabric birdcage decoration for the home.

These upcycled fabric birdcages would make a lovely gift & as with the fabric birdhouses I made, they can be personalised by using a favourite old shirt or blouse. Any old fabric scraps will do for these gorgeous birdcage decorations. I’ve been eyeing up an old pink striped shirt of my husbands which I think I’ll use next.

The fabric birdcage take about 1 hour to make and cost almost nothing to make as you use stuff lying around the home.

scrap fabric birdcage decoration



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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 & glue
  • Small twig and twine and feather bird
What You need to make fabric birdcage - Pillarboxblue

How to make a fabric birdcage

Making The Wire Frame

1. Firstly you need to make the birdcage frame. Take the wire 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.

3. Then, 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.

Fabric birdcage frame

Now your frame is ready to cover in fabric.

Covering The Frame In Fabric

1. Firstly, tear the fabric into strips about 3cm wide. tearing gives a better effect than cutting. With a brush paste the wrong side of the fabric with glue and then wrap it around the wire frame overlapping as you go. Continue until the whole fabric birdhouse frame is covered.
Fabric birdcage

2. Next, 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.

Fabric Birdcage - Pillarboxblue.com

3. Finally, the 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 Amazon. You could even make a fabric one yourself there are loads of patterns on Pinterest.

scrap fabric birdcage
upcycled fabric birdcage spring decoration

With mothers day around the corner, I think that one of these fabric birdcages would make for a lovely Mothers Day gift. You could make the gift even more special by using an old favourite blouse or shirt.

If you are looking for more Mothers Day gift idea you should check out these upcycled crafts.


50 Responses

  1. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  6. Claire,
    These truly are “gorgeous”! I’d like to include these in a roundup post on my blog, if that’s okay. I might also use another project of yours as well. If for some reason you are not comfortable with this, please let me know. The post will be up on the 6th but I will gladly remove links if I hear otherwise. 🙂

    • Thank you. Angela you are welcome to use a project in a round up. You can use one photo for each project as long as there is a clear link back to Pillarboxblue.

  7. Claire,
    You are so clever and talented. I adore every one of your projects! This is fabulous and thanks for sharing!

    • Janine your going to give me a big head, thank you so much for your kind words.

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  11. 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.

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

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

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  14. 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.

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

  16. Cute! And a really good instruction.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

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

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

  25. Handan

    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.

  26. What a wonderful project! I love it!

  27. 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

  28. 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.

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

  30. Great hanger upcycle project for spring!!!

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

  32. 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

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

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