12 Days of Handmade Gifts- Sweet Birdcage Lamp

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Welcome to day eight of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Today I have something super cute for you, a birdcage lamp! Please excuse my lack of tutorial step pictures! The virus that was messing me up last week went crazy and took over and crashed my computer along with the files I was just transferring of the lamp steps. Yikes what a mess! That being said, this is a really easy craft that should be simple to follow without visual aid. It can be relatively inexpensive too depending on your materials and birdcage.

Here’s What You Need:


*Paint (I used Annie Sloan chalk paint)

*Birds- I used vintage ceramic salt and pepper shakers

*Fake or real birds nest

*Yarn or ribbon scraps

*Light up branches sized to fit your birdcage

*Hot glue gun and glue

*Wooden peg doll stand



The first thing you want to do is paint your birdcage if it is not already to your liking. I used an old wooden prop birdcage of my mom’s that was a greyish green, not my color. I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, in what I think is called lapis blue. Once your birdcage is ready, fan out your tree inside and decide where you like it and where you want the nest. Now tie little pieces of ribbon or yarn knotting the center and hot glue them to the nest. I used yarn, and even used a little brown yarn inside the nest to hide my birds feet so she looked like she was nesting. Hot glue your bird to the nest then hot glue the nest to the tree where you want it. Now glue your branch into the clothespin pegged doll stand, then carefully fit your tree inside your cage. Next glue the tree down to the floor of the cage. Arrange and glue down moss around the base of the branch and around the bottom o the cage. Glue your other bird to the moss on the floor of the cage wherever you like it. Throw in a few yarn scraps, snake the cord of the tree out the back. Plug in your lamp and enjoy! See easy right!

I love how this lamp turned out! It is a perfect gift for my mom for Christmas! This little lamp looks really sweet lit up at night too! The best thing about this diy gift is that it is so customizable to your loved ones tasted! You could use fake birds, sew some felt birds up, or even create a scene with another woodland animal like squirrels! I hope I have inspired some of you to try this project out, it’s so fun! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun diy gift idea!

Happy Crafting!

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2 Responses

  1. Ashlee,
    Your blog is amazing, or should I say you are amazing. I linked over to you from my blog, and I think we are sisters from another mother. I have chickens, down to 7 now, but I had more to start, a cute little dog, a wonderful husband, and a mindful of creative ideas, just like you! I have subscribed to your blog so I won’t miss a thing! It’s so nice to meet you!!!! Have a wonderful day.

    • Aw Julie, you are so sweet! One look at your blog and profile blurb and I knew we must be kindred spirits! I am following your blog now too! It’s adorable and I’m looking forward to your future posts!!! My whole crazy brood and I wish you a fabulous holiday! Hugs!