before and after

before & after: birdcage chandelier

by Kate Pruitt

Jesyka’s second project for the day is a very unusual way to use a birdcage, but once you see it, I think you’ll agree that more birdcages should be put to use in this way. I would never think to turn a birdcage into a ceiling light, but as Jesyka’s example proves, there are many great benefits to the design, including the ability to easily switch out the bulbs. It’s such a neat idea, and the best part is that almost every piece was left over from Jesyka’s wedding, so the entire project cost only $5! Great job, Jesyka! — Kate

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Time: 45 minutes

Cost: $5 (for hardware, birdcage was on hand)

Basic Steps: We attached hinges to connect the top and bottom part of the birdcage in order for us to attach the birdcage to the ceiling using L-hooks. This also allows us to change a light bulb if need be! We used floral wire, nylon string and jewelry eyehooks to make the birds “float” in the cage.

When I was first thinking of this project, I was stuck for maybe a half hour on how exactly I was going to get it up onto the ceiling, and how I was going to attach the two pieces together but still have the light bulb accessible. My best advice is to keep thinking about a solution to your problem until you have one! If you really want to make something happen, you will find a way. :) — Jesyka

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