Last year, while reading an article featured in Style at Home magazine about homeowner Devorah Lithwick and her husband Seth Mandell’s Toronto home, I came across an image of a light fixture that Devorah made for her son’s nursery, and fell in love.
In case you don’t have your reading glasses on, it’s a bird cage with little birds in it.
The article states that Devorah saw a similar fixture in a shop for $800, and decided to make her own. The magazine featured a side bar about a reader who made a similar fixture using metal and chicken wire, but I wasn’t big on the look of that one.
I searched online for “bird light” inspiration, and found this one from Anthropologie, which was way less than $800, but still way out of my price range:
Finally I decided to go ahead and attempt to make a light fixture for my daughter’s (Abigail and Isabella) bedroom. Unfortunately I made the fixture before I made my resolution to take “before” and “process” pictures, so all you’re going to get are a brief description and some “after” pictures.
First, I purchased an old lamp shade from the Salvation Army thrift store. Lucky me, there was a 50% off sale on lamps and shades that day, so I paid a whopping 50¢. I then purchased a roll of wire from the Dollarama, matte black spray paint from Walmart, and birds from Michael’s, Walmart, and the Dollarama. In total, the project cost about $25, though it would’ve been a lot less had I not purchased so many expensive birds from Michael’s before I realized that I could’ve bought them for less from Walmart and the Dollarama. Oh well, it’s still a cheap fixture at $25!
So basically, I stripped all of the old fabric off the lamp shade, then I cut lengths of wire and wired them to the shade, both vertically and horizontally to make the shade look like a cage. I then strung it up and spray painted it black. I wired the shade directly to the base of the ugly builder’s standard light that are in every room of this house. I stored the ugly glass shade in the storage room so it can be replaced when we move. All that was left to do was hunt down a few sticks from the wooded area of our backyard, and then hot glue the birds to them.
Here’s what I ended up with:
So there you have it! For approximately $25, you too could make a bird light fixture. Isabella absolutely loves birds, and every time I change her diaper, she looks up at the lamp and says, “I’m gettin’ my bum changed, birdies!” 😀
You can read more about Devorah Lithwick and her husband Seth Mandell’s beautiful home on the Style at Home website, located here.