After a particularly productive thrift store find a few months ago, I came home with this pretty cool birdcage. I knew when I saw it on the floor that it would work perfectly as a hanging lamp (even though I had never made one before, I had a vision of what it would look like):
After getting it home, I realized that this would be a multi-stepped process. Even though I love taking time out of my week to do some crafts or try out a new recipe, I don’t actually have that much free time. I have to break projects up into steps and spread the work over a few weekends. I probably could have gotten this project done in a shorter amount of time, but I really wanted to plan out how it would look before making any stylistic decisions. I finally decided that layering the inside of the birdcage with white tissue paper would be perfect for how I wanted to use this lamp. As I’ve said in previous posts, our current rental house is almost completely decked out in dark wood paneling, so anything that I can do to lighten the rooms, I will try. I figured any other color other than white would look too busy on the walls. So white tissue paper it was.For this project, I used the Mod Podge both as a glue to hold the tissue paper in place (carefully trimming the edges once I glued it inside the cage) and as a finishing coat to keep the edges of the tissue paper down since I had to do a lot of overlapping. I only did this on the edge of the cage since the tissue paper is so delicate.
Now, since my birdcage came in two pieces, I had to decide how to put it back together. When I bought it was just held together by some thin wire. Ideally, I’d like a pretty hook and hinge system, but for now, I decided to experiment with some fabric. I glued four pieces of fabric (two to the top and two to the bottom pieces of the cage).
This worked when the cage was on my work table, but when I hung it up, it was lopsided, hence, the string.
Ultimately, it worked out, even though there were some things I would like to have done differently, the final product looks pretty similar to the vision I had in the antique store so many months ago. I love it when vision meets reality!
Check out the finished product below: