Monday, March 22, 2010

This Lamp Is For The Birds

Here is a fun idea (and BTW, I wonder what number I am on for 100 ideas under $100?  I will count later in the week--too lazy right now!) for a hanging lamp.
I spray painted a birdcage ($3 at thrift store) pink.  I added some pink vellum inside.  My daughter then said, "That is kind of plain."  I removed pink vellum (it is hot glued on the inside), used a gold paint pen to add some swirls, and re-glued it to the inside.  Oh, I ironed the vellum before putting it in the bird cage.
I added a white 100 count string of lights in the inside.  I had to break a bit of the bamboo cage for the plug to fit out the top.  If you use a metal cage, saw a few bars off (great, now I sound like we are preparing for a jailbreak!).
I then plugged another 100 count string of lights into the ones in the cage for the cord.  I tied ribbons on it to pretty it up.
Tied one of the ribbons to a ceiling hook and ta-da, I great little hanging lamp for next to nothing.
Find more great ideas here:
DIY Day at Kimba's
Between Naps On the Porch
Just Something I Whipped Up!
Making The World Cuter
Cottage Instincts
Power of Paint


  1. becky... that looks great! I love the swirls! btw how did you find such a great deal? :)

  2. I LOVE THIS!!! My little girl would just go nuts if I did something like this for her! What a brilliant idea! Can't wait to try it too!

  3. Fabulous!!! Just *fabulous*!!! This is one of the cleverest things I've seen! Love it!

  4. Becky, That is so cute! I bought a wire cage last week at GW. Now I have a great idea for it. Thanks for sharing. Vicky

  5. How cute! I'd love to use something like this outside in my gazebo!

  6. Wow that is a totally cute idea. I love how you added the swirls to it.

  7. How pretty~I really like that you added the gold swirls!

  8. Ok, now I'm on the lookout for a bird cage!! Looks WONDERFUL!

  9. Neat! I always love bird cages, but don't have one...

    Good call by daughter...swirls really make it pop!!

  10. I am in love with this!! I'm going to have to make one! Thanks for the beautiful idea!

  11. That is crazy awesome creative! What a nice idea...! Love your blog. New fan.

  12. This is amazing. I love how it turned out. What a creative way to make a lamp! I might just have to try this one. :-)

  13. Absolutely brilliant!!!!

    Happy Hunting,


  14. That is one adorable birdcage/lamp! Your little girl must be thrilled.

  15. This is just absolutely adorable. What a great idea! I never would have thought of lining the cage with vellum so that you could put a strand of lights inside--that's an awesome idea!

  16. Love this!!! My inspiration for my nursery was vintage blue birds and this would go great in there! I am keeping my eyes peeled. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this!

  17. My goodness, what a beautiful idea. I'm thinking this would look great sitting on top of my tall entertainment center nestled among the plants and stone bird. Right now I just have a small lamp to give a little "mood' lighting, glow to that area. This would be much for effective and interesting. Thank you!!! Now I can't wait to find a birdcage.

  18. A $3 burdcage?? What a treat!!! And you definitely turned it into a lovely little treasure.


  19. Oopsie....typing in the dark proves I didn't take keyboarding in HS. :)

  20. Hello Becky,
    Love the lighted bird cage and that would go with out saying after seeing birdie stuff on my site.

    I really LOVE!! the film Tray dressed in BURLAP and thats a given for me. I am going to be doing some great burlap things that I will post soon so stop by and check them out.

    keep inspiring.

  21. stay away from my yard because i have 2 perfect items for this- that are just on the back patio! ok, so i just told you where they were...yikes! going to go grab them now! :) i'm so going to do this! thanks for the inspiration!

  22. This is amazing! I gasped when I saw it! WAAAANNNNNTTTTTT!


  23. I just love this unique light. I have featured it at Veronica's Korner. Please stop by and grab your Featured button.


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