With Spring around the corner, it seems that this year decorative birdcages are showing up anywhere and everywhere. These cages are beautiful decoration pieces but I had no idea what to do with mine! My aunt bought it at a local craft store to put cards into at my wedding last summer. I loved the birdcage so much that I didn’t throw it away but until now it was just taking up space in our kitchen. Here is a before picture:
Anyway, I brought it with me to my new destination and planned to put it to great use in some shape or form. However, the paint chipped during transportation and it got a little beat up. It no longer looked as pretty as it once did. Additionally, I still didn’t know what to do with it! It became a fruit basket by convenience since I left it on the kitchen table for so long hehe. But, when I actually thought about it, I thought that was an adorable idea. So, once the renovation became official – I came up with this DIY project and I am here to let you know how to make your own in just 7 easy steps!
What you will need:
- Decorative birdcage (check your local craft stores)
- Spray paint (1 can of color and 1 glossy clear coat); optional
- Fake flowers
- Super glue
- 1 hook for bananas
- An index card sized piece of wood with 2 holes drilled in the top corners
- Black paint and brushes
- 1 ribbon; optional
- 1 basket
How to make it:
You may or may not want to spray paint your birdcage a different color than the original. As stated, the paint from my original birdcage began chipping. Additionally, I wanted a color that was a bit more fun than white for my fruit basket. I decided to use a light blue base coat along with a glossy clear coat. I used the entire colored bottle for this project, including multiple layers of the base and clear coats. In order t effectively spray paint this project, you will have to paint multiple coats and allow plenty of time for drying in between. Remember to open and close the cage and spray at different angles.
Be careful not to get the spray paint on your hands as it is hard to remove! Additionally, make sure you are spraying outside, in open space, and have something under your birdcage while you are spraying so you do not get paint on the ground beneath it. I put my cage on top of a bunch of old pizza boxes while I was spraying it. One more reason to justify eating pizza… 😉 Remember to spray paint the banana hook in step 4 if applicable!
Add the flowers.
How and where you add the flowers depends a lot on your own personal taste as well as what type of cage and flowers you purchased. I chose to add blue and white flowers to my project. My birdcage’s design made it easy to attach the flowers directly onto the birdcage’s metal columns but other designs may require you to actually glue the flowers to it. The blue flowers were easy to pull off of their stems and attach whereas the white flowers required a bit of cutting. It is a good tip to plan out where you want to put the flowers before adding all of them as I went through the process of attaching and detaching the flowers about 3 times before I really liked their placement.
Add the leaves.
Odds are that there is some type of greenery attached to the flowers you bought for this project. After adding the flowers to my birdcage, I still felt that there was something missing and found that the leaves were the perfect addition to this project. I cut all of the leaves that I liked off of the stems of the flowers and carefully used super glue to attach them to the flowers where I wanted them. Next, I put super glue on the bottom of the leaves and placed them between petals using tweezers. I decided to use super glue since I wanted to be absolutely sure that the leaves would not fall off the flowers. Add as many or as few as you’d like.
Attach the hook.
I thought it was going to be difficult to find the perfect hook to hang my bananas from, but luckily, I was wrong. I found this hook on accident in the bathroom section of the grocery store. The hook I am using is actually supposed to be hung in the shower as it has a suction cup on the back but it worked great for my banana needs. I used the super glue to attach it to the center of the top of the birdcage as pictured below. I recommend allowing the glue to dry for a good 10-15 minutes before lifting the top. Remeber to spray paint the hook as well if you desire to do so.
Paint and attach the wooden sign.
I wrote a detailed description about how I painted the letters on the sign for this project. Check it out here.
In short, I used a multi-surface acrylic paint and two round brushes that I had lying in my drawer at home. I found the wooden sign attached to a plant pot at the dollar store. For the sake of this project, I got rid of the pot and just took the sign!! I had to paint over the back of the sign which said “Flowers” but it worked perfectly. My sign was about the size of an index card and already had holes drilled into the corners. After painting the letters and allowing them to dry, I used some twine to attach the sign to the birdcage as seen in the pictures. If you would like to spray the sign with a clear coat of spray paint that is a great idea to give it an extra shine.
Tie the ribbon!
After all of the above steps, I felt that my bird cage still needed a little something that could bring it to life. I tied a brown checkered ribbon around the center of the cage and added a small bow in the middle. If you want to add a bigger bow or a more colorful ribbon, go right ahead. This entire project allows for customization and personality to shine through. If you do not like the idea of the ribbon, it looks just fine omitted from the project as well.
Insert the basket.
The best advice for finding the perfect basket that I can give is to measure the width of the bird cage across the top of it and subtract an inch from that measurement to find how wide your basket should be. I’m not joking when I say that I brought my tape measure to the store after guessing the basket size wrong 3 times in a row. I tried to choose a basket that matched the ribbon from step 6, but again, any basket that you like will be suitable for this project.
After following all of these steps, you will have a new and unique fruit basket for your home. I am so glad I have finally found something to do with this birdcage after keeping it for so long. I love the spring time colors of this project and how I’m now extra motivated to buy fruit every week! Are there any other ways you can think of to decorate this fruit basket? Let me know what you think in the comments down below!