The internet is awash with wedding blogs for the DIY bride. Which is a truly beautiful thing for those of us endowed with less impressive creative faculties. There are at least a zillion ideas out there for creative wedding centerpieces, but one that sticks out to me is the use of vintage-looking birdcages for wedding centerpieces. I love these. They are romantic. They’re elegant. They’re unique. Actually, the feature I find most appealing about birdcage wedding centerpieces is their limitless range of creative possibilities. You can dress them up with lace and pearls for an ultra pretty, sophisticated look. Or pile in an assortment of colorful fruit for a spunky, bright wedding centerpiece. Once you start brainstorming, you’ll find that birdcages can be a positively exquisite and original addition to your wedding décor. Plus it’s DIY, which can save on costs and is fun in the process.
The first thing you’ll need to do is collect your birdcages. Think about the look you wish to achieve because there is a wide range of styles and materials out there. You might try bamboo birdcages for a softer, rustic look. Or perhaps a weathered metal cage for a vintage-themed wedding. There are small birdcages designed to hold little tea candles. And there are large cages with very elaborate bars.
Oh where oh where can you find them? I have to warn you, it may take some extensive searching before you find the right birdcages for your centerpieces. (I looked around for a few months before I found mine) Look at craft stores: Hobby Lobby, JoAnns, A.C. Moore, Michaels. (This is where I found mine!) You can also look at stores like Pier One, Pottery Barn, Marshall’s and T.J. Max. I even found a few at Target. Don’t forget thrift stores and rummage sales. The internet is a sure thing, too. But beware of high shipping and handling costs. Try Ebay and Etsy (my go-to site for all wedding-related goodies). Also, saveoncrafts.com has some pretty reasonably priced birdcages and tons of other neat crafty items. You might also want to try the classifieds on sites like weddingbee.com. I’ve seen brides sell their birdcage centerpieces for extremely low prices just to get rid of them after the wedding. Happy hunting!
Now that your closet is completely crammed with an assortment of birdcages, what on earth are you going to do with them?
You can go real or artificial. Fill a small vase and put that in your cage. Or just fill the bottom of the cage with poofy hydrangeas. Tie single flowers to the bars of the birdcage. Weave vines or fake ivy through the bars of the cage. Scatter petals around the outside of your birdcage. Pretty, pretty, pretty!
You can use a bunch of little tea candles or a few tall pillar candles. Light them or leave them alone. Try a battery-operated candle. Tie colorful ribbons around the candles for extra color in your birdcage centerpiece.
Fruit is always pretty. It makes for a perfect centerpiece because it’s colorful, vibrant, and fresh-looking. Pile lemons, limes, oranges, grapes, and apples into an attractive assortment and fill your birdcages with them.
Attach artificial birds to the bars of your cages. Or place them in a nest inside the birdcage. You can find artificial birds at any craft store.
I love the idea of adorning a plain birdcage with artificial butterflies. They can transform your centerpieces into an ethereal, delicate and dreamy work of art. A great way to incorporate them into your birdcage centerpiece is to hang them with fishing line so that they are suspended in the air. Or you can attach them to the bars of your cages as well.
Jewels and Beads
I’m pretty stoked about using strings of pearls to embellish my own birdcage centerpieces. You can drape beads over the bars of the cage for a funky vintage look. Perfect!
If your birdcages are fairly simple, you may want to try wrapping them with lace, especially if you’re using lace elsewhere in your wedding décor. If you place a battery-operated candle inside, the centerpiece will have a soft, elegant glow.
Try stringing tiny battery-operated rice lights through the bars of the birdcages. This would look fabulous at an outdoor wedding in the evening.
When it comes to birdcage wedding centerpieces, the sky really is the limit. There are so many ways to decorate them and tie them into your wedding theme. If you’re going for a unique look at your wedding, then birdcage wedding centerpieces may be just the thing for you!