before & after: birdcage chandelier

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

  1. Norine says:

    Love this, very unique.

  2. I really love this idea and it has so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Courtney says:

    Where did you find that bird cage. So beautiful!

  4. megan says:

    this is awesome! love it.

  5. Maggie says:

    This is a super-cute idea for a kid’s bedroom, too!

  6. this is amazing! i could see this in my freshly painted sunroom! pure genius!

  7. So cool! I love that it’s flipped!

  8. Steph says:

    I like the chandelier very much. I would however omit the birds inside the cage. I cringe thinking about the little guys, although fake, roasting under the hot lightbulb. Perhaps I would have a couple perched on the outside for playfulness in a baby’s room? Overall lovely and creative reuse! I might try this someday with leftover lanterns I have from my wedding.

  9. Lindsay says:

    Jesyka’s projects make me smile! Great job!

  10. Amy says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea! Love.

  11. Wow! This is such a fun idea! Love how you included the colorful birds inside.

  12. Sing says:

    So friggin cool!

  13. Jazz K says:

    This idea is brilliant! Does anyone have ideas how to do this without drilling holes in the ceiling? I love the concept but we will be renting for a long time still and holes aren’t allowed.

    1. Julie says:

      3M Command strips

  14. Katie says:

    What a great idea! I love this!

  15. Such a great idea, perfect for a kids room! Great job!

  16. Lisa says:

    Very unique! I have posted a chandelier (of a different kind) makeover in progress today at Thx for sharing!

  17. Alix says:

    There’s only one word for this: GENIUS!

  18. Jen says:

    Genius! I absolutely love this idea!

  19. ruzu says:

    I love birdcages :D they look so cute, and for the shabby chic go perfect !! this idea its unique :O

  20. Zarich says:

    That’s brilliant! I use mine to bring white iced cupcakes to the table at dinner parties in the garden, but once that’s got boring I know what to do with it!

  21. Alyssa G says:

    This is absolutely breathtaking! I love birdcages and unusual light fixtures! I love the innovation this involved! Great job!

  22. Samantha says:

    I can’t say that I love this. It’s quite bulky and the light is definitely much too bright in there!

  23. Mikhail says:

    Just sweet!

  24. Christine Elliott Designs says:

    I looooove this and I actually recreated it for my home office. However I used a birdcage that top doesn’t hinge open. So now if I want to change a light bulb or anything I have to squeeze my hand through this little tiny door…. so if your going to try this at home get a hinged top cage!

  25. Genevieve says:

    This is the awesomesauce. Totally tweeting it to my badass followers.

  26. aunt mim says:

    that is with out a doubt, one of the clevest redos I’ve seen in a long time! Waste not…want not! love it and only wish I had some plave to have it here.

  27. Ashley says:

    While I love the idea, I’m a little curious as to how you would make that work for a room.

  28. Laura M says:

    this seriously gives me vertigo.

  29. Genius. That’s all I’m saying ;)

  30. Gia Marie says:

    this is amazing!

  31. Erin says:

    Really really want to do this with our wedding birdcage. Over our dining room table. Love it!

  32. angie says:

    Resoration hardware must love your idea as well. They came out with a whole line of birdcage chandeliers! Great job!

  33. Jessa says:

    This is amazing! What a cool idea!

  34. Diane E. Costa says:

    i love fresh ideas and this one is truly unique!!!!!!!!!! have been dabbling in homedecor for a many years and appreciate the adventurous ideas of today’s offerings!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Diane E. Costa says:

    fantabulous, fresh,and alive!!!!!!!!

  36. Charlotte Valletta says:

    Love this idea, I have that birdcage and was going to get rid of it till I seen this, great idea.!!! Love this site as it has so many ideas.!!

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  38. Fawn says:

    What kind of light fixture did you use? Love the edea.

  39. Angela says:

    I feel like doing this at this very moment! I’m so excited! It’s going to be gorgeous!

  40. Regina says:

    The birds are live?

  41. Dolores says:

    Love this idea! I have a birdcage that I wanted to repurpose for a light fixture, and couldn’t figure out how to get the most light with a small wattage bulb. How ingenious to flip the cage!!!! awesome!


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