A cage without a bird

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

What is it that fascinates me about bird cages?  I don’t mean actual bird cages, but rather the iconography of them; the metaphor.  I don’t even love birds.  (I like birds well enough, but I’m a dog-as-a-pet-person, not a bird-as-a-pet-person… ifyaknowwhatImean.)

Open birdcage with soaps…

When decorating my bathroom, I selected bird cages to decorate with.  There are mini bird cages holding soaps, bird cages holding make up, and bird cages perched (get it?) on the very top of my shelf too.

The bird cages in my bathroom started their lives in a craft supply store discount bin (and later I saw them at the old Inglewood Suzie Q Beads too, as part of their decorating scheme) and then they were spray painted silver, followed by a dusting of copper spray paint.  The result is something that feels vintage rather than metallic – like something that has started to tarnish rather than something new and shiny.  The copper warms up the silver too, which I really like.

Open Birdcage.. with make up

 

I wandered onto the Pretty Ditty blog a while back and found this tutorial for a Bird and Birdcage Ornament, and since it uses the same vine-covered wire that I used in the Rustic Luxury Winter Wonderland tiara, I wanted to try it too.  (Read the comments for links to others who were inspired by the tutorial…)

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

I have it hanging out amoungst my potted plants, but think that a whole group of these little rustic wire birdcages (with or without fake birds) would make super cute holiday decorations.

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Even more bloggy-birdcages?  Here’s a wire interpretation from Can’t Stop Making Things (I really need to stop reading crafting blogs I think!) which is like a 3-d doodle.. very cool!

If you followed some of the posts from my summer bedroom redecorating, you’ll notice I also included these small birdcages on my mirror shelf – holding little things like essential oils, fairy lights, and bus tickets!

my bedroom mirror shelf

my bedroom mirror shelf

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage

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