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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Beautiful Birdcage T-Shirt Craft

By: Claire Armstrong frompillarboxblue.com
Beautiful Birdcage T-Shirt Craft
Beautiful Birdcage T-Shirt Craft
This image courtesy of pillarboxblue.com

In the Designer's Words: "Transform an old shirt and wire coat hangers into these gorgeous fabric birdcages. Lovely easy craft, they make a great home decoration and gift. These are so easy to make cost almost nothing and can be personalised by using a favourite old shirt.  They make for a lovely spring decoration."
Using recycled crafts and upcycled home décor ideas is a fabulous and fun way to add some dimension and interest to your space. While plastic jug organizers and wine bottle crafts will always have a place in our hearts, recycled art projects that use materials in a brand new way will always top the list. If you are looking to really dress your home décor to impress, consider creating this funky and eclectic Beautiful Birdcage T-Shirt Craft! These t-shirt crafts are created using old tees, wire hangers, Mod Podge, and an old dish or cardboard.
This adorable piece of DIY home décor is perfect for those who long for a pet, but just do not have the time. Create this DIY craft, find a faux bird you adore, and hang your tweet-free friend up anywhere in your home. This project would look especially cute in a nursery or front porch, too! 

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting

Beginner

SeasonSpring

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 2 Wire coat hangers
  • Fabric scraps or old shirt
  • Duct tape, glue and pliers
  • Old small flan dish or round piece of cardboard

Instructions

  1. Cut your coat hangers and bend to make into a rectangular shape. Fix with duct tape.

  2. Cut the hook off one coat hanger and slot them together to form a cross. Secure with duct tape.

  3. Using glue cover all the wire with strips of fabric.

  4. Cover the round base with fabric and glue to the frame.

  5. Make a swing out of twig and twine then just add bird.

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If you were to make this project, what kind of bird would you put in this faux birdcage? An owl? A parrot? 

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Oh this looks like a fun craft to do with my 11 year old. What kind of glue would be recommended for this? Woild hot glue work? Also does the width of the fabric strips matter? I cant wait to try this thanks

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