Upcycle a Bird Cage into a Lantern

Posted 2014-04-06 by thriftyfrugalfunfollow
Upcycling is a fun and frugal way to decorate your home

One of my favorite hobbies is upcycling. I love finding items that would normally be thrown in the bin and converting it into something fabulous for my home. Where I live, we have a verge collection for household rubbish twice a year. I have found some great items for re purposing on these pickups, including my washing machine drum fire pit.

Instructions for making one here

On one of these pickups I found an old birdcage with a missing base. I really liked the style and shape of it and came up with this idea to make it into a light feature.

To make this you will need:

  • Old birdcage without a base
  • Newspaper
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Black gloss spray paint
  • Solar fairy lights
  • Small black cable ties

  • Spray the birdcage with black paint.

    1) First protect your workspace by laying down the newspaper.
    2) Then give the birdcage a light sand down to remove any old flaking paint.
    3) Next wipe the entire cage down with the damp cloth to get rid of any residual paint dust. Let it air dry for a few minutes.
    4) Now you can start painting with the black spray paint. Paint the entire bird cage, trying to keep an even coating. Let it dry before applying a second layer of paint. The black should look very dark and even, if not add a third coat.
    5) Once the cage is painted and completely dry. You can start adding your fairy lights. I chose solar butterfly lights.

    Thread the lights through the cage.

    You need to thread the wires through the cage and secure with the cable ties. I spaced them out to look like the butterflies are sitting on the outside of the cage.

    Attach the solar panel to the roof so it gets maximum sunlight.

    Enjoy the glow from your upcycled birdcage lantern.


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