Upcycled Bird Cage for Farmhouse Decor

I doubt I’m the only one that sees bird cages at garage sales or thrift stores and gets a quickened heart rate. My family and I adore birds, but don’t keep any of the caged up. However, the cages themselves are so unique in design that they can be a work of art. Take this one for instance. It is somewhat petite and ready to become my upcycled birdcage project.

Thrifted Birdcage Before | prodigalpieces.com

I just love learning bits about how trends began, like bird-keeping.

The history of the bird cage ties to the adoption of birds as pets. Birds were caged for their beauty and mystery nearly four centuries ago in ancient Egypt. Doves and parrots were favorites of the Egyptians and are depicted in hieroglyphics. The Mynah is also a sacred bird in India for at least 2,000 years as well. The birds were pulled through the streets on oxen, likely in crude cages to ensure they would not escape.

It is difficult to determine what some of these cages may have been made of, perhaps wooden twigs, rope mesh, reeds, or bamboo. Some say that Alexander the Great was given a parakeet by one of his generals and the Alexandrine parakeet was named in his honor. Ancient Romans kept and held birds as well. It was considered the duty of a slave to care for the domesticated animal. By the Middle Ages only the wealthy kept caged birds. via Encyclopedia.com

However, since I’m not about to become a bird owner, I thought it fun to recreate this sweet find into something suitable for farmhouse decor. You can often find antique bird cages used in homes. They can serve as an accent piece, or even as fun garden charm.


First, I grabbed this bit of rustic reclaimed wood from my endless stash and add it to the bottom as a base. See the large saw marks? I love it!

Reclaimed Wood for Upcycled Bird Cage Project | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I attached it with a few screws, which was simple enough. Then, I moved on to adding some height. After digging around in my hardware stash, I find this set of round porcelain knobs that are perfect for “feet”.

Set of Round Porcelain Knobs for Bird Cage Feet | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Thankfully, I didn’t need to do much other than countersink the screw heads into the board. Last, my upcycled bird cage is ready for some birding goodies. That’s not a problem for us as we have ample supply since we are birders.


Farmhouse Style Decor with Upcycled Bird Cage Filled with Birding Memories by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #birds #homedecor

Vintage Farmhouse Bird Cage with Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #diy #homedecor #vintage

This rustic creation looks perfect in my farmhouse style decor. However, it could also suit most any style home both inside and out. Aren’t the knob feet fun?

Rustic Chic Bird Cage Stand for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #farmhouse #home #rustic

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Upcycled Drawer Knobs for Upcycled Bird Cage Farmhouse Decor | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

If you take a peek on the inside, you’ll see some fun treasures too. Not only do the little doors open, but also the top comes off so you can stage this any way you like.

Thrifted Bird Cage Turned Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

Found Nest with Broken Robins Egg Shells for Farmhouse Vignette | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #birds #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Birding Vignette for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #birds #home #homedecor #diy

So…I have to ask. How would you fill it? I definitely considered using succulents for an outdoor planter. However, I already did that with this bird feeder, so I wanted something different this time.

Farmhouse Upcycled Bird Cage Vignette with Birding Paraphernalia by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #farmhouse #birds #homedecor #diy

If you’d like to purchase this bird cage stand, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD) I have much to offer, including discounts, so stop by to see.

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Also, I invite you to pin and share my upcycled bird cage creation. I truly aim to inspire you and others to make your house your home.

Create your own farmhouse style vignette with an upcycled bird cage and reclaimed parts. DIY is fun! Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shares the steps at prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #upycled

Up next, I will be giving these trashed wooden crates a new life for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. See their afters HERE.

Old Antique Wooden Crates Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more DIY projects like my upcycled bird cage:

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  • Gaye Ludwig

    Thank you Larissa, for the bird cage idea. I’m on the lookout! I think I would put a planter inside and put on the deck picnic table. Your site always perks me up with ideas and encourages me. Thank you for your sharing and honesty. May the Lord bless your home business.

    July 2, 2019 at 6:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! I’m so glad to hear it, Gaye. Thank you!

      July 2, 2019 at 6:28 am Reply
  • [email protected]

    I love what you did with this birdcage. My grandmother had a birdcage on a stand that I always liked. I wonder what happened to it??

    July 2, 2019 at 7:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Paula. I have those same kinds of thoughts about things my grandparents had. Once kids hit, my memory vision is fuzzy. 🙂

      July 2, 2019 at 11:58 am Reply
  • Cindy

    Looks really cute. I often see them and think they would look pretty filled with vines. Afraid the weather will do a number on it and it will fall apart.


    July 2, 2019 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! They sure offer so many potential uses. And the add fun! 😀

      July 2, 2019 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Same here….love bird cages, but don’t have birds. They usually are found without the removable bottom tray, so finding a new base for them is fun, and you’ve hit the nail on the head! Very cute!

    July 2, 2019 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! They all seem to be missing their bottom, which is fine for me as I like the wood look. Thanks, Patty!

      July 2, 2019 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a sweet looking birdcage! I really like the versatility of birdcages for styling, and the wood bottom that you added makes it a breeze to do! I love it!

    July 3, 2019 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you think so, Kaycee. Thank you!

      July 5, 2019 at 5:16 am Reply
  • bafomet

    This makeover is so lovely 🙂 I really like bird cages but just like you, I prefer birds on the wild than in the cage.

    July 25, 2019 at 7:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, cages are for decor for me. 🙂 Thank you for the love.

      July 25, 2019 at 7:38 am Reply

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