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

Courtney

Where did you find that bird cage. So beautiful!

Steph

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.

Jazz K

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.

ruzu

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

Zarich

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!

Alyssa G

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

Samantha

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

Christine Elliott Designs

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!

aunt mim

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.

Ashley

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

Erin

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

angie

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

Diane E. Costa

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!!!!!!!!!!

Charlotte Valletta

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.!!

Angela

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

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