I discovered a vintage birdcage makes a beautiful Easter or Spring centerpiece and I couldn’t wait to show it to you!! I’ve talked about the day I found the birdcage, and I know it’s not that old, but I still liked it and it was cheap at $4. My first birdcage, grody and full of rust! My heart sang all the way home from the estate sale. Even though it was desperately in need of a makeover. I’d never tackled a birdcage, but how hard could it be?
Turning a Vintage Birdcage into a Fun Spring Centerpiece
Cleaning it as best as I could, and sanding the rust didn’t make much of a dent. I needed to cover it with a blocker, so I used Rust Oleum Hammered Aluminum spray. It gave excellent coverage, and I was tempted to leave it, but sadly, it wasn’t the look I was going for. You can see how it looks below. All nice and industrial. B-O-R-I-N-G….
After spray painting the bulk of the cage white, WHAT to paint the bottom and the tray???? PINK! Love it!! Felt I was going out on a limb (it’s a pun) to paint the aluminum bottom and tray pink, (who does THAT??) but love me some shabby chic!
Yes mam, it’s painted pink all the way up to the little swing and perches! But what’s that on the bottom of the tray??
Why it’s an image transfer from The Graphics Fairy! A birds’ nest! What could be more appropriate? Karen has it all kinds of lovely vintage images..check out her site if you haven’t already.
What ELSE can I do to doll this up? Ideas are spinning….well, it’s pink, and Easter’s coming…an Easter arrangement would be perfect! You know… birdcage means birds…and birds mean nests…and eggs…and Spring….and nature…and woodlands. Off to the thrift store to find all that stuff.
NOT! I suppose you know about Murphy’s Law? When you’re looking for it, you can’t find a darn thing. BUT! I did find a little birdhouse that used to be a Christmas ornament until it lost its little string. EXPENSIVE at 99¢ but beggars can’t be choosers.
And this sweet little 99¢ rabbit is a simple napkin ring.
I already had a white bird, and the little nest of eggs came with a plant that died, so my woodland Easter arrangement was taking shape with the addition of these two.
Since my thrift store trip was a bit of a disappointment, I hauled myself down to Hobby Lobby where everything Easter-y was 40% off. I scored colorful egg ornaments and another sweet little rabbit.
Plants! The birdcage must have plants. My vision was a longish pot with already established blooming flowers, but sadly, my local nursery hadn’t caught that vision. They only had individual potted annuals in the ugly plastic pots. So on to Plan B. My birdcage could take 2 plants, but not that much room for my birdies, nest, rabbits and things.
Improvise! I have lots of styrofoam blocks. I placed them in front of the pots and covered with sphagnum moss, and now there’s a place for my rabbit! And I had the brilliant idea to hang colored egg ornaments from the top! When you want to use it as a Spring arrangement, just remove the hanging eggs.
Now I just love looking at this! I’m enjoying it every day. Perhaps I’ve given you some inspiration if you ever run across an old birdcage. But you’ll have to beat me to it. I’m already looking for birdcage #2. Soon I’ll have to break down my lovely arrangement and put the plants in pots for the season.
How do you like my Easter/Spring birdcage centerpiece?
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