Repurpose Vintage Birdcages into Freedom Lamps
Whether it’s my desire to prevent future birds from being trapped or the intriguing architectural lines, vintage bird cages have also captured my attention. In an effort to repurpose my growing collection, I have found that vintage birdcages make the most charming lamps. With the lamp kits that you can purchase for $5 – $10, a string of LED lights, or even candles, you can repurpose vintage birdcages that chirp with light and charm.
As some of you kind readers may recall, my first birdcage lamp related project was restoring an antique Italian chandelier and hanging it on a birdcage stand, which makes for the perfect solution for renters who want to enjoy a chandelier — but also need to take it with us!
If you have the pleasure of finding a wooden birdcage, then you can easily purchase a wood lamp kit to create beautiful ambiance in your home. While this birdcage from A Cottage Industry is not vintage nor handmade, it is excellent inspiration for antique birdcages. You could actually mount the lamp kit to the top of any wooden birdcage by removing the top finial, if needed.
Be inspired by Philadelphia’s Dog Haus, hosted by the Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and sweeten any birdcage with its own curtain, which naturally diffuses the light without any lamp shade necessary. If you would like to hang your newly repurposed birdcage lamp, then you can purchase a hanging lamp kit (Ikea has one for about $4). You may want to use fire-retardant spray on the fabric, or opt for LED lightbulbs, just in case.
Go wireless and use a string of LED lights to illuminate your newly repurposed vintage birdcage, like ZuZuPetals. You can use rubber bands or clips to create the shape you desire for the light sculpture inside the birdcage.
To create a fantastically stylish and bohemian look in your home, be inspired by shelikesdior‘s photo by stringing a medly of vintage birdcages across your ceiling. Only one needs to be illumminated, and I love how the different genres of birdcages are brought together using a common color theme.
Pray tell, have you repurposed any vintage birdcages in your home? I always enjoy hearing about your projects and ideas!