12 Ways to decorate a vintage birdcage for winter. (2024)

Here are 12 fun ways to decorate a Vintage Birdcage for a unique home decor accent!

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After the Christmas gets put away, it can be a struggle to know what to decorate with. We’re usually ready for a calmer, softer look, but don’t want to look at bare spaces. Last year I came up with “10 Winter Neutral Items to Style Your Home” to answer the “What should I decorate with now?” question. Accessories with great built-in architecture are a wonderful foundation for your winter styling. Vintage birdcages definitely fit that description. Because my “10 Ways to Decorate a Vintage Sled” was such a hit, I decided it would be fun to do “12 Ways to Decorate a Vintage Birdcage for Winter”.

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Today’s post is part of a “Cozy Winter Homes” blog hop, organized by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. If you’re popping over from County Road 407, I’m sure you enjoyed Cindy’s winter entryway ideas and her sarcastic humor! She just makes me laugh, and I love her style, too! I’ll have all the other talented blogger’s posts at the end. Get ready for some awesome inspiration!

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If you’re lucky enough to have a vintage birdcage, this will inspire you to want to make it look it’s winter best! If you don’t own one yet…be prepared for a vintage shopping trip in your future!

Decorate a Vintage Birdcage with a Seasonal Scene

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With just a couple simple elements, you can create a sweet, simple winter scene. Ground your birdcage with some winter greenery, like this placemat and add a branch or a tree, along with a little animal. Using the magic number of 3 items keeps it simple and calm. You can add some stuffing around the bottom for some snow. It’s like a little terrarium for the winter!

Fill Your Vintage Birdcage with a Collection

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Milk glass vessels with votive candles tucked inside can create a pretty glow on a chilly winter night. You could also display a collection of vintage glass bottles or pottery. Even a trio of faux pillar candles, set on a timer for the dark nights. For added interest…

Tie a Ribbon or Accent on the Top Handle of your Vintage Birdcage

I added a pretty satin ribbon and a grapevine napkin ring here. You could add a small framed antique photo, or maybe a little sign with an inspirational word. The handle at the top is a great place to add a little extra pretty.

Decorate your Vintage Birdcage by Filling it Up with Spheres of Texture

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Turn your vintage birdcage upside down and fill it with organic materials such as wood slices and pinecones. You could add moss or stuffing in between for more texture interest. Place a skinny book over the bottom so you can tip it right side up again without everything falling out. You’ll love the organic texture of this look!

For a snowball effect, wrap thick, soft yarn around varied sizes of styrofoam balls. The yarny texture along with the metal cage is a wonderful winter combination! Whites and creams, along with grays and beiges fill out the wintertime color spectrum. You could have a similar effect with moss balls for Springtime.

Let Your Vintage Birdcage Fulfill the Need for Green

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When it’s far from green outside, adding some fresh plants to your home is healthy for your mind and body. Tucking a few plants under a vintage birdcage can be a simple, lovely accent anywhere in your home. If there’s not enough room to place them in containers, put plastic or foil around the bottoms and disguise the plastic pots with old book pages, music or patterns {“Styling Tip: Potted Plant Disguise”}. The paper adds a nice texture, also.

Fill your Vintage Birdcage with Love Notes for Valentine’s

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Rolled old music in every size can give you a “Love Notes” theme. Lay your birdcage on it’s front side and put the smaller pieces on the bottom. Fill up the rest of the space with the larger cones to keep everything from sliding around. Then place the bottom on before flipping it right side up. (FYI, this cute pagoda-shaped cage is the newest of the family; don’t you love it’s shape?)

And as long as we’re on the Valentine’s theme…

Add Mini Bunting to the Inside of a Vintage Birdcage

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Make your own mini bunting or pick some up from the store. Tie several strings across the inside. Instant party! Wouldn’t this be an adorable centerpiece for a Valentine’s party or even a shower? And you can always add…

Fill a Vintage Birdcage with A Stack of Pretty Dishes

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Add a colorful stack of pretty dishes to the inside of your birdcage, along with a few glasses and a shapely creamer or sugar. How easy is that? If you can feed the 5000 with your dishes stash like I can, the sky is the limit on the decorative possibilities here;)

Anything En Masse looks good in a Vintage Birdcage

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Honestly, anything en masse looks wonderful in a vintage birdcage. The varied colors and textures of old books all crammed in become still life art when you stack them under. Adding a fresh plant nearby and putting it all on a wonderful old suitcase is downright vintage vignette love!

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A whole bunch of candles in various sizes can become a beautiful nighttime feature. Place organic wintertime textures around the bottom for added interest. Winter greens or succulents could be a nice addition here, too. Wouldn’t this be a beautiful display up in the front of a wintertime wedding?

Set your Vintage Birdcage on a Wreath

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Placing a round vintage birdcage on a wreath is so classic and lovely. You can layer other elements inside, like a cake plate or a glass cloche. I’ve even used vintage birdcages for wedding cards. The spaces are just the perfect width for guests to tuck them through and keep them safe from sticky fingers!

12 Ways to decorate a vintage birdcage for winter. (15)Hopefully these ideas are enough inspiration for you to get out your vintage birdcage or run to the nearest vintage store to find one! There are so many ways to accessorize these classic pieces of architectural beauty! Probably why I have five of them and still wouldn’t turn down another if the price was right;) In the summer I enjoy them on the deck and patio and in my flower pots. In the winter they get to come in from the cold and get all decorated!

>>Cleaning Tip: I usually scrub birdcages in a soapy sink with a nylon brush. I use a brillo or S.O.S pad to scrub the rusty spots. Then I seal it all up and make the rust look pretty with some spray poly. I brush poly the tray if it’s still on.

I hope you enjoyed this 12 Ways to Decorate a Vintage Birdcage as much as I did! Now to get all filled up with some more cozy winter decorating inspiration! If you’re going in order, make sure to visit Kristin at White Arrows Home. Her lodge-styled home is the perfect place to enjoy wintertime cozy views.

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FAQs

How to decorate a vintage bird cage? ›

Style an Antique Birdcage with Spheres of Texture

Turn your vintage birdcage upside down and fill it with organic materials such as wood slices or pinecones. You could add moss or stuffing in between for more texture interest.

How to cover a bird cage in winter? ›

Many people will cover their bird's cage at night time to ensure they have shelter. Usually sheets or fleece blankets are used. It is important that your bird does not chew on any of these materials either (due to the same reasons described above!).

Does putting a blanket over a bird cage keep them warm? ›

The fabric of a blanket is a too heavy and unbreathable to be used as a cage cover especially when heat is introduced and has no means of escape. The temperature can build up to unsafe levels inside the cage.

How do you paint an old bird cage? ›

How to Safely Paint a Bird Cage:
  1. Clean the cage. After putting down a drop cloth to protect the surface under the cage, scrub the cage wire with a wire brush to remove any loose flakes, and then sand smooth. ...
  2. Choose a paint. ...
  3. Apply paint in thin coats. ...
  4. Wait. ...
  5. Provide plenty of perches.

How do birds stay warm when it's freezing outside? ›

Fluffing feathers

All birds stay warm by trapping pockets of air around their bodies. The secret to maintaining these layers of air lies in having clean, dry and flexible feathers. The cleaning process, generally known as preening, depends on the species of bird.

What can I cover my bird cage with? ›

We use sheets, towels, blankets, and DIY sewn cage fitting covers made of sheets.

How to keep birds warm without electricity? ›

Thus, if you have an exotic pet, and your home is cold because you have lost power, do the best you can to keep your pet warm by wrapping his cage with a blanket or towel, moving the cage near a sunlit window (as long as there are no drafts blowing through it), and placing bottles or rubber gloves filled with warm ...

What can I put outside to keep birds warm? ›

Plant evergreens and food-yielding plants.

Plants with year-round foliage offer warm shelters and windbreaks from winter's harsh chill. Consider planting trees and plants that produce nourishment by selecting native species that provide food for the birds.

Why do you put a towel over a bird cage? ›

On average, birds need about 12 hours of good, quality sleep each night to remain in peak condition. Much like people, their rest periods can be disturbed by noise and bright light. For this reason, many owners choose to cover their birds at night.

What to put in a bird cage for decoration? ›

7 Ways To Decorate With A Birdcage
  1. Paint Your Birdcage For A Vintage Feel.
  2. Embellish With Flowers.
  3. Insert Candles For A Rustic Lighting.
  4. Decorate With String Lights.
  5. Enhance The Natural Beauty With Succulents.
  6. Use Jewelry As A Decorative Draping.
  7. Adorn With Ribbons.

How to decorate a hanging bird cage? ›

bird cage decor

Added a painted thin wood circle inside cage to cover glue. Added LED candle with mirror tiles inside cage. Added moss to cover foam. Glued flowers to foam and at top of cage as well as two butterflies.

What goes on the floor of a bird cage? ›

Inside the cage

Overcrowding the cage with toys and swings isn't such a great idea, especially if the bird is always in the cage. Line the cage floor with newspaper, paper towels or clean sand.

What should you put on the bottom of a bird cage? ›

What should I line my bird's cage with? The bottom of the cage should be lined with disposable paper such as newspaper or paper towels that can be thrown away every day. Newsprint is now free of lead, so it is non-toxic to birds, even if they chew on it.

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