Handcrafted Art Deco Wire Birdcage – Easy DIY
I’m lucky to have a craft cupboard that’s overflowing with all kinds of bought and thrifted treasures patiently waiting for their opportunity to shine in some craft project. So when a large crystal encrusted bead rolled out the other day, I knew just what I was going to do with it. You see, I’ve always wanted to make an art deco wire birdcage, and that crystal bead was just the thing to get me started 😀
It’s my wacky take on the gorgeous, ornate cages designed by Hendryx in the early 20th century. If you find one online for a good price, snap it up. Those things are so collectible, but way out of my price range. I glammed the little wire cage up by adding the crystal bead on top.
And for the inside the art deco wire cage I made a simple clay mouse and stuck her down next to a faux succulent. You can fill yours with whatever you have lurking in your craft cupboard 😉
Okay, before I show you how to make your own art deco wire birdcage and a small clay mouse, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!
What you need
For the wire birdcage
- Wood slice
- Pretty crystal bead with a large hole
- Drill and marker
For this birdcage, it’s best to use a thicker gauge wire. I only had a roll of 18 gauge left after making up a few wire dresses for a friend of mine. If you need help with wire gauges you can read more here.
For the little mouse
- Air-dry clay
- Faux leather scraps
- Black beaded pin or small black bead
Let’s quickly look at how to make the mouse, before getting to the wire birdcage. If you’ll be adding something else inside yours, feel free to page down to the juicy, wiry bits.
Making a little mouse
The little mouse is super easy to make. Take a piece of air-dry clay and knead it between your fingers to make it pliable and easier to shape. Roll the clay into a ball and gently pinch one end outwards to form a nose. Flatten her bum so she doesn’t wobble 😀
Cut two small oval shapes from the faux leather. Add a tiny bit of glue to one end and glue together.
Make two holes in the air-dry clay blob with a toothpick.
Add a small dollop of glue inside the holes and insert the ears. For the nose I pushed a black beaded pin into the mousey clay form. Leave the mouse to dry in the sun. If your air dry clay needs to be baked, add the nose and ears after it’s hardened.
How to make an art deco wire birdcage
Figure out roughly how many pieces of wire will fit inside the hole in the crystal bead. The hole in the bead will determine the maximum number of bars your finished birdcage can have. Divide 360 by the pieces of wire that will fit inside the hole. Use a protractor and permanent marker to mark equal sections all the way around the slice of wood, using the figure calculated above.
Drill small holes on the marks (about ½” in from the side of the wood slice). Cut pieces of wire that are at least double the height of your final cage. These wires will form the bars of the birdcage. Make a small loop on one end of the wire bars as shown below.
That loop will anchor the wire in place at the bottom of the slice of wood. Put the looped wire bars to one side and glue or stick down whatever you’ll be displaying inside your cage. I added my little clay mouse, a faux succulent, and some pebbles. Just make sure the inside bits don’t cover the holes.
Once you’re happy with the layout, insert toothpicks in the holes. Wrap a piece of wire around and between the toothpicks.
Continue wrapping the wire around all the toothpicks and finish off by double wrapping over the first loop.
Remove the toothpicks and insert the wire bars you cut earlier up from the bottom of the slice of wood, into the loops.
Repeat until all the wire bars are in place. Slide the looped wire up the wire bars. Bunch the top of wire bars together and push them into the crystal bead for that glamorous art deco touch 😉
Curl the top ends of the wires to add a little whimsy.
Those who shun the whimsy of things, will experience rigor mortis before death.
Wrap a piece of wire under the bead to secure it in place and that’s it.
Quick and easy, right!?
Next time I make one, I’ll use a thicker gauge wire so she’s not so delicate.
But for now I’m super happy that crystal bead fell out of the cupboard 😉 What do you think? Is it something you would try?
If you like the idea of making an art deco wire birdcage for your home décor, don’t forget to pin it for later.
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Pssst; if you want to try your hand at some other wire art projects, here are a few to get you started:
- Gorgeous wire dresses
- Writing with wire
- Creative wire picture frames
- Bicycle wheel tree of life
- Matilda the Spider’s web
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.
26 thoughts on “Handcrafted Art Deco Wire Birdcage – Easy DIY”
Oh my… super love this DIY! Especially if you’d like a birdcage with unique style!
I’ve featured this amazing project in this weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects link party. Thanks for linking it up!
Thanks so much for the feature, Donna. It always makes my weekend when that happens ❤
Michelle, what a cool project! I love that you made the mouse, too. Yes, I would make something like this! I did use very thin gauge wire and make a chandelier one evening when we still lived in our old house. I need to make a chandelier for a future doll house with supplies I’ve had waiting for the idea since childhood… 🙂
So happy to hear that Barbara. I’ve been meaning to share the wire cage for such a long time and for some reason just never got around to it. And I hope you put your chandelier up one day when you make it. I would love to see it.
And once again I’m blown away by your creativity. Only you would look at a bead that rolled out of the cupboard and say, “hmm, I see a wire bird cage.”
ISn’t that what crystal beads are made for 😉
Always such creative upcycles! I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
Followed and Pinned! ?
Thanks so much for the invite, Beth. I’ll see you there
I LOVE your wacky birdcage! It turned out sooo cute and that mouse is adorable. I need to get busy with my thrifted treasures. I’m sure the hubby wishes that I had mine all contained in a cupboard instead of a closet. LOL
LOL, Linda I wish all of my craft supplies were neatly contained in the cupboard. The stuff jumps out all the time ?
I am just loving everything about this sweet birdcage. From the darling mouse to the bling at the top. Your tutorial is a great and easy to follow so I can make my own in the near future. So fun as a garden decoration or for a cottage style home. Thanks for always inspiring me, Michelle!
Awwww, thanks so much, Meegan. The art deco cage is perfect for a small space and it a fun craft idea when you have an hour to play with.
This is really pretty Michelle. I’ve never thought to make my own birdcage. such a great idea.
I’ve been wanting to make an art deco birdcage for such a long time and that crystal bead just made it so much easier to put together. Plus it looks so pretty on our book shelf.
This is just a unique project! I love how you created the bird cage with wire
I’m glad you like it Maria, thank you
Beautiful, Michelle! I love what you dream up in that creative brain of yours and how you take us through each step, so we can create a project of our own! That mouse is darling…and the only one I’d like in my home (especially since he’s caged!). 😉
We’re not big fans of caged animals but this little mouse seems happy in his art deco home 😉
Making a wire cage is something I never thought of. I can see how you can do it now. Yours is so delicate and beautiful. I love it and the little mouse living there
Thank you, Deana ❣
What an absolutely charming project. I adore it!
Thanks so much, Laura
What a great DIY out of something that fell out of the cupboard. It’s gorgeous! I actually love how delicate it looks.
I have to be so careful how I open that craft cupboard, things fall out all the time 😉
Such a beautiful project and how cute is that mouse. Thank you for sharing this wonderful DIY.
You’re welcome, Brooke. Glad you enjoyed the tutorial