Birdcage Tutorial11:04 PM
2. Shape Your Vines
Starting at one end, add a little pressure to the vine. This will bend the inner stock of the vine, and at the same time the crunchy dry bark will break off.
Just tear off the bark and throw it away when it's shaped.
Slowly and carefully work your way around the vine to shape it from a straight stick into a curved arch.
**This is where dry/ older vines may need to have soaked in water to help give them flexibility. You need to bend the vines without breaking them.
3. Mark the center of your vines
Using a flexible measuring tape, I marked the center of the vines (18")
4. Start the cage at the topCut a length of wire, 2-3 feet long.
Grab your thickest and longest vine chunk.
Slip the keychain ring on the vine and wire it to the center mark on the vine.
5. Add next vine
Grab another vine segment, and put it perpendicular to the first vine. Wire it at the center point, keeping the wire tight and twisting it a little when you're done.
SO YOU ARE ADDING VINES FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM, BUILDING THE CAGE UPSIDE DOWN.
6. Add more vines crosswise around the center
Keep the center of each vine lined up at the wires, and just keep adding the vines across from eachother as you work around the cage.
I don't have any specific tips for wiring, I just try to keep it tight and twist in between each twig to bring it back to center. I also wire each vine to the vine below it to help keep the positions of the vines crossing the center in tact.
I added 6 total vines, making the cage have 12 branches going around, since each vine provide 2 sides.
7. Make base
**If your vines don't bend easily, the larger lid may be a good option, reducing the amount of bend you'd need**
Simply cut out the center of the lid, just inside the rim that raises up.
9. Wire vine ends around Deli Lid Base
To wire each end to the base, I used shorter pieces of wire, maybe 6-10" long. So I just cut 12 pieces, not measuring or anything, just grab a chunk and cut them off.
Starting with the vine that is closest to you, so at this point it would be on top. But techinically, when the cage is hanging, it will be the bottom vine in the center wired pile.
Next, grab the next vine that is opposite the first vine, and wire both ends opposite itself:
From here, you can just keep grabbing the next vine on top and wire it around the circle until all 12 ends are wired down.
So at this point you should have what resembles a birdcage!
11. Trim excess Stubs
Using my shrub cutters, I trimmed off the extras.
12. Hot glue ends to base
I used the hot glue to further secure the ends to the base, filling in the space between the vine and the plastic. I thought it may melt the deli lid, but it did great. *I glued before I trimmed for this photo*
13. Finish off the cage
I spray painted the cage white.
To lace the bottom to the cage, I used a hole punch around the edges of the cardboard circle. Then I just used a narrow pink ribbon to lace it around the base and between the vines.
My cage had large enough gaps I just put my hands between the bars to get the birds in and adjusted.
Hope this helped if you would like to make your own birdcage! If you have any other tips to make the process easier, or a source to get grape vine, please leave a comment to help others out!Thanks,