Here I am with another craft tutorial! I have seen different versions of mini-birdcages on the web, and I think they are just charming! This is my version, and I have to say right away this isn't an easy project.....it's for the patient crafter. Getting the wires of the cage glued into the proper position is a bit challenging, but I think it's worth the effort. Plus, it gets easier after you've made a few.
Wire (I used 16 gauge jewelry wire from the craft store)
Small "mushroom" birds
Flat white spray paint
Trim of your choice
Barbecue skewers for the perches
Begin by cutting wire for the cage bars. You will need three pieces in graduated sizes beginning with a nine inch piece. In the picture below I've exaggerated the size difference:
Bend the first piece so it fits into the jar lid like a big arch, and adhere it with the hot glue. Use the next slightly larger piece of wire next, and glue it into place, then the next, making sure to space them apart equally.
Cut a piece of the bar-b-que skewer long enough to pass through the center of the cage, then glue it to two of the wire pieces.
Take a length of wire and wrap it around the widest part of the exterior of your cage. Add about two inches and cut, then make a little piece that looks like the one below. Make sure it fits snugly around the exterior of your cage, and glue it in place:
Cut a five inch length of wire, and thread in through the wires at the top. Twist it a couple times around the top wires to join them securely, then make a second loop for the hanger.
It still doesn't look so great, but don't worry, the paint makes a big difference....at this point, remove excess glue.
The last three steps are to spray paint the entire piece, add decorative trim around the base, and add your birds: