The Caged Bird Swings

Doodle a bird cage not with a pencil, but with wire. You will love this whimsical object.
rebar wire
20 gauge wire

wire clippers
2 needle nose plies
large can
masking tape

Cut a piece of paper so that it is the exact size as the height and girth of the can. Fold the paper into 8 equal pieces lengthwise. Unfold and tape the paper around the can.

Cut two pieces of rebar wire as large as the circumference of the can plus an inch and 1/4.

Cut 8 pieces of rebar wire 12" long and using the needle nose pliers, make a small loop at one end and a spiral at the other. The loops and the spirals should face in the same direction.

Cut 16 pieces of 20 gauge wire 2 inches long and one piece 4 inches long.

Thread one of the rebar wire circles through the loops at the ends of the long rebar wires. Pass both ends through one of the loops and tape the ends and the loop together with masking tape. Place the can in the center of the wire circle making sure that the circle fits loosely around the can.
Tape each long rebar wire to each fold on the paper with masking tape.

Place the second circle over the wires about an inch above the can. Overlap the ends of the wires and tape to one of the upright wires. Do not use the same wire that was used for the bottom circle intersection. Wrap with masking tape.

Tightly wrap each long rebar wire to the circle with the 20 gauge wire. To achieve this, loop the two inch 20 gauge wires on each side of the upright wires by hand. Grab the the ends of small wire with pliers, pull and twist in opposite directions. This should tighten the loops. Continue to wrap and tighten, compressing the loops in towards each other. Clip and crimp the ends of the small wires.
Remove the masking tape and wrap the converging ends of the circle with the corresponding upright. If the circle is loose, crimp the small wires against the circle with the pliers.

Gently bend the tops of the long wires in a dome shape until the spirals meet in the middle. Wrap with the longer piece of 20 gauge wire.

Place the can on its side and wrap the bottom circle and loops with the 20 gauge wire like the upper circle. Remove the masking tape that secured the ends of the circle and wrap those ends and the loop with a piece of 20 gauge wire.

Remove all of the masking tape that was used to adhere the upright wires to the can. Gently remove the cage from the can. Tweak the shape if necessary.
Make a bird and wire swing; instructions are here and place the loops over two wires at the top (dome) and pinch to close.


maryann said...

oh my gosh, i love this!! so much!! thank you!!!!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 May 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

NanaDiana said...

That is a really cute project! I love how whimsical it is! xxoo Diana

biancamargherita said...

I love cages!
donata said...

yes, you are right, I do love this whimsical object! doodled bird cages are my favorite so a 3D one is heaven! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

Mary Ellen said...

This little bird cage is so adorable!!!

I love bird houses and cages and would love to try this!

bee blessed

Brandy J. said...

Love, love, love!! So crazy cute I can hardly stand it. Thanks for sharing.

Fishtail Cottage said...

oh, i love love love this!

Lolly Jane said...

heehee i LOVE this! too adorable!

no spring chicken said...

Simply wonderful!

Blessings, Debbie

Maria Matter said...

oh I love it!!! so creative & fun!

Ginger said...

Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

ker said...

Genius! I'm doing this today, right now! I simply love it! Thanks for posting over at Sassy Sites!

Pop Art Minis said...

Very cool...I love birdcages and this is so tweet! Thanks for sharing! New follow too!

Katie said...

This is so cute! I love it!

Marysol said...

How adorable!

I tried to get creative with wire once, and failed miserably. However, I think it's time to give it another shot.

Sarah said...

Love it! I always wondered if it would be hard to work with wire, thanks for the tutorial!

Gina Vincent said...

The Best craft I've seen all year!! LOVE this!!!

Shelley said...

This is adorable! Perfect for my little one's room :D

Found you on Element's Interiors!


Quilted Cupcake said...

Found you from Blue Cricket. I've been wanting something like this cage, better to make one! I've pinned your idea to my Pinterest board!

Melanie said...

Love it!!!

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Lilliedale said...

so, so ,so cute! I can't wait to try this out. Thank you so much for sharing! ~Merrilee

Inspired by you said...

You are so very creative! I'm going to have to try it!

KK said...

I love birds! i love this little house! Adorable. And I think I could make this. I might have to get my crafting on!

KK said...

I LOVE birds. I LOVE this little house. I think I might get my crafting on!

AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! Great job!
Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Love this! Very creative. Oh...makes me want to make a bunch of them.

Mary said...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your birdcage on Masterpiece Monday, and let you know that I featured you on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" this week at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)

shopannies said...

how very creative looks great

ANNE said...

Its divine! Love the whimsy.

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

fabulous idea!! thanks for partying with whipperberry!

Embellish said...

I recently made a wire bird cage and how I wish I would have thought to use a can to shape the wire. Very smart. I think you should use your wire cage as a cloche and display something in/under it. It turned out terrific!!!!

Bambi Pro said...

Love this

Georgina xxx said...

Had to share this one with my followers!!

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