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.
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.
LET’S GET CRAFTY
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!
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”.
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.
TIME FOR THE REVEAL
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Up next, I will be giving this little wooden stool I found a new life for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. Stay tuned!