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 😀

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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.

A beautiful crystal bead sits on top of the birdcage. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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 😉

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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What you need

For the wire birdcage

  • Wood slice
  • Pretty crystal bead with a large hole
  • Protractor
  • Drill and marker
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire

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.

To make the art deco wire birdcage you'll need wire, some sort of base and a large crystal bead

For the little mouse

  • Air-dry clay
  • Faux leather scraps
  • Black beaded pin or small black bead
  • Glue

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 😀

Roll the clay blob into a circle and then form a small peak at one end for the nose

Cut two small oval shapes from the faux leather. Add a tiny bit of glue to one end and glue together.

Add a drop of glue to the bottom of the ears and pinch together

Make two holes in the air-dry clay blob with a toothpick.

Use a toothpick to make two small holes on either side of the mouse's head

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.

Insert the faux leather or felt ears into the holes and add the nose

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.

Use a protractor to mark around the wood slice

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.

Make a small bend or loop in the wire.

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.

Glue the mouse and faux succulent on top of the slice of wood

Once you’re happy with the layout, insert toothpicks in the holes. Wrap a piece of wire around and between the toothpicks.

Place a toothpick in each of the drilled holes and start wrapping the thinner wire around them

Continue wrapping the wire around all the toothpicks and finish off by double wrapping over the first loop.

Wrap the wire around the toothpicks to create a support for the bars that will be added in a bit.

Remove the toothpicks and insert the wire bars you cut earlier up from the bottom of the slice of wood, into the loops.

Insert cut wire into the holes in the slice and through the little 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 😉

A beautiful crystal bead sits on top of the birdcage. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

Curl the top ends of the wires to add a little whimsy.

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Wrap a piece of wire under the bead to secure it in place and that’s it.

A beautiful crystal bead sits on top of the birdcage. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

Quick and easy, right!?

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

Next time I make one, I’ll use a thicker gauge wire so she’s not so delicate.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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?

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to you décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

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A beautiful crystal bead sits on top of the birdcage. This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make your own art deco wire bird cage. Made in a morning, it’s a fun way to add a little handcrafted glamour to your décor. #BirdCage #DIY #ACraftyMix

Pssst; if you want to try your hand at some other wire art projects, here are a few to get you started:

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BENECREAT 12 17 18 Gauge Aluminum Wire (18 Gauge,492 FT) Anodized Jewelry Craft Making Beading Floral Colored Aluminum Craft Wire - Silver
DAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay, 2.2 Lb. Block, White Color (387500)
RUBYCA Big Hole Large Czech Crystal Charm Beads fit European Charm Bracelet (10pcs, Yellow, 15mm)

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

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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.

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