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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What to do with vintage birdcages...

They were a huge fad a few years ago, but now they've become a staple in vintage home and garden decor. In the last few years I've bought and sold many of them, but now I'm keeping the ones I have left to sprinkle here and there, in the house and garden. Here are just a few I grabbed for a photo vignette.





We've had parakeets and a conure in the past, but cats and birds in the same household can be a little stressful on everyone. (mostly the birds) But an empty birdcage is a little sad to me, so fill it with something fun and it feels like a cloche; a great place to display plants, candles, flower pots, even dishes, but don't forget the little birdies!



(the backdrop is my antique dressing screen that I papered in pages from an antique French Language Lesson book).



Say Hi to this sweet little guy...


and here's his little friend






I'll be linking up with Debbie's Copy Cat Challenge on Thursday
so here's my inspiration,
The June 2012 issue of Country Living Magazine.














I'll also be partying at these great places:


See you tomorrow for


xoxo,


45 comments:

KATHY said...

Debra, your birdcages look sooo good!! I love your antique dressing screen too!

Kathy

Michelle said...

What adorable ideas! I don't have any vintage birdcages, but if I did, my favorite idea would be the one with all the greenery and the charming bird peeking out of the little hideaway:)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Debra,
I love birdcages! Your are so very cute with their greenery and birdies. Thank you for sharing and have a splendid day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Blondie's Journal said...

These are great ideas, Debra! I gave away a lot of my bird cages for lack of inspiration, now I wish I hadn't! :)

XO,
Jane

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

I should join in the copy party...I could copy you copying the magazine. I have 2 birdcages on my porch with the same little birds in them....with some faux greens...
I love your backdrop screen!!

Creations By Cindy said...

I too love bird cages but seem to never have time to really decorate them. Maybe this is the inspiration I need! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Brenda said...

Love the Cute Coops! Yours are FABULOUS! And the antique dressing screen such sets them off nicely.
BEAUTIFUL!
Brenda

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I loved those pages too! You have some wonderful vintage cages. Love the screen! There are so many styles, and I never get tired of them. I let some go that I regret so much now. Cheery post! xx

Vintage Gal said...

I have one birdcage and I love it. Yours are fabulous ~ love them ;-)

Dorthe said...

Dear Debra, they are wonderful, I ONLY have new ones, and the soul has left them, in compare with yours beautiful ones. The round one is my favorite-love your decorations, too.
Happy wednesday, my friend.
Hugs,Dorthe

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I love your bird cages! I have a few (not old) but I just can't seem to find somewhere to put them!

sissie said...

Hi Debra,
Love the papered screen. That gives me an idea of something to put in my booth as a back drop.

Love finding old birdcages. You've made yours look so pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I like your background much better than the magazines, Debra! I love birdcages, too, and have a few sprinkled throughout our home. I usually stick a nest and eggs in them and, of course, the required bird {even if it is fake}. Your white one is such a great piece.

Heather said...

I scooped up a decorative birdcage from someone's leftovers after their garage sale a few weeks ago. Now what do I do with it? Thanks for the inspiration!

Beth said...

Love your birdcages, Debra! Very nicely done.

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh Debra, these cages are awesome! I have been seeing more and more of them as well. I remember back in the 80's I had a few white wicker ones that I filled up with stuff. Today's current, and vintage style ones are so much nicer! Lovely copy and I am so happy you shared it!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Yours are terrific.. Nice samples too.. I have 7 in my storage room and never get around to doing anything with them. Maybe now I will.

pam {simple details} said...

They're beautiful, love your little details. What a perfect copy, too!

reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful, I love birdcages! Love your backdrop too! Awesome copy cat :)

Jody and Stan said...

Debra, Love all your different size birdcages, so cute! Your antique dressing screen is so creative! Thanks for your inspiration this week.


Jody

Debra said...

I love what you did with these. Great idea with the pages from the french books. I need to file that for future use! :)

Donna said...

Your birdcages are awesome, Debra! I've blogged about my vintage cages in the past, along with 1950's photos of my Nana with her Pete the parakeet (one of many, all named Pete just as ours were in the 60's). Birdcages remind me so much of going to my Nana and Gamps, I just love decorating with them! Have a great week!... Donna

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Great idea! I love how you have found a fun new way to display your cage.

vignette design said...

Hi Debra,
You have made me think....I have a collection of birdcages in the garage that I cannot get rid of. I love them, but they take up a lot of room. Seeing this post made me realize that I should find a place for them. They are such a wonderful decor item!

June said...

Wonderful vignette Debra! I love me some birdcages : )
hugs from here...

jeanetteann said...

Yes love the look of old bird cages. Your little birdies are so sweet. I love flowers in the cages too. x

lynn said...

your sweet cages look wonderful with the awesome screen, debra! thanks for the pretty inspiration:)

andrea@townandprairie said...

O, Debra, I l.o.v.e. your papered window!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Debra, this is a fantastic copy cat. I love vintage birdcages, and (as you have shown) you can decorate them which makes them fun!

Super post!

ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

What a great look, I love the backdrop as well! Those little birds look happy, love the addition of the terra cotta pots in the one cage. Such a great job!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

These are lovely!! What I wouldn't give to have one (or two) of my grandmother's & great grandmother's bird cages. Must find me one! :)

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful vignette of birdcages. I love them.

Cynthia

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Hi, Debra! I love all your birdcages and this is a great copycat!

Carolyn Robbins said...

What wonderful ideas of things to do with birdcages. Thank you for sharing.

Lady Pamela said...

Fabulous post. I have the cages, I just never know what to do with them. Thank you.

A Cottage Muse said...

Great ideas!
We have a few in the shop filled with old mason jars!

Budget Design Girl said...

I love your birdcage vignette! I've always loved birdcages, and I am seeing them everywhere right now.

Very cool papered screen too!
xo-Lisa

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

My favorite is actually the little simple, square one -- adorable! I love the idea of putting the pots in there the way you did -- beautiful!

Miss Kitty said...

LOVE your idea of using the birdcages like cloches! Makes it seem less like "the cat ate the bird" empty cage scenario. Thanks so much for sharing that idea with us. I saw your post over at Debbie Doos Magazine Copy Cat Challenge.

Country Gal said...

Oh my where was I when you posted this ! WOW! They are beautiful. Love how you have displayed them. Have a good day !

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

These are all awesome! I adore bird cages, wish I had more!

Bliss said...

I have 3 birdcage type things. One I started using as a bird feeder outside, one is a clock and the other is shaped like a house. The clock one needs to be painted white I think after looking at yours.

~Bliss~

Jody and Stan said...

Debra, Thanks so much for sharing all your birdcage ideas on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love them all. Now you have me collecting antique birdcages. Always love hearing your comments, such a dear friend.

Jody

Barbara Jean said...

cute cute cute!!!

blessings sweet lady!

barbara jean

PitterAndGlink said...

Like the bird cages, but I'm IN LOVE with your dressing screen!

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