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DIY Birdcage Lamp

Continuing our usual trend, I incorporated one more mushy gushy sappy happy element in Olivia’s already memento-filled bedroom. Because ya know, the nightstand and wall decor needed company. (And also because we apparently don’t throw things away…ever.)

And this time, I’m echoing Steve Carrell. I love lamp. I mean, uh, I really really like lamp.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

When Robert and I were planning our wedding years ago, I was hooked on bird decor anything. Okay, you caught me. I’m still hooked on bird decor anything. So birdcages, natural branches, nests, robin egg blue, vintage bird prints, and that sort of thing are right up my alley.

For months, I collected vintage birdcages to use as our wedding reception centerpieces.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House
Credit: Brandy Wine Photography
DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House
Credit: Brandy Wine Photography

I had saved two of them to use in our house after our wedding. When I tried to find a sweet lamp for Olivia’s “new” nightstand, I had the idea to turn one of the cages into a lamp. I figured the fleur de lis on this one would be great for her already Frenchy vibe room.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

The only problem was I really lack electrical skills. Wiring a light takes time and effort, and quite frankly, I wanted a quickie solution on this one.

In all of the lighting makeovers I’ve done, I always steer clear of anything to do with rewiring/electrical work because, for me, I’m not competent in my abilities there. (God forbid I burn the house down.)

So, hey, I decided to kill a cartoon character instead. I’m sorry, Minnie. It’s not you, it’s me.

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I found this Minnie Mouse nightlight while passing through Walmart last week and thought it would be perfect to use the “guts” of. (Is this getting too graphic? I mean, we’re talking about Minnie Mouse’s guts here.)  “What kind of blog is this, Lauren?!”

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

All it took was a small screwdriver to separate the light from the plastic head.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

And bam! One decapitated Minnie Mouse later…I had my lighting kit.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

I taped off the cords and socket with a little painter’s tape and gave the metal part a coat of spray paint. I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze (my favorite).

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

Since the light had a spiral stand, I just twisted it into the bottom of the birdcage. No fancy hardware or anything!

And plugged in the sweet new lamp.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

This was barely worthy of a tutorial, huh? But there ya go. So easy.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

It turned out to be exactly what she needed beside her bed.

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

DIY Birdcage Lamp in Under 5 Minutes (No Electrical Work Required) | Bless'er House

This might be the last of the sentimental decor in here. How many lovey dovey pieces you think a bedroom can take? It was a fun way to reuse one of the few wedding day items we have left.

So do you love lamp too? Or are you just shocked and appalled that we murder cartoon characters at our house?

Update:  See the full bedroom makeover reveal here!

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29 Comments

  1. I love the lamp!! Beautiful! Question, how tall is the birdcage you used? I want to create something similar, but trying to figure out how tall of a birdcage would work. Thank you!

    1. I think I have a similar nightlight that I can tear apart. I love the birdcage idea. I definitely have one of those! Thank you for sharing your idea!

    1. Totally agree! I never have the heart to throw these kinds of things away. It’s always wonderful when we can figure out ways to repurpose them.

  2. Your birdcage lamp is so romantic! And simple to make, a win-win! We have an old batman light like your mini-mouse light that is just sitting in the top of my son’s closet..never thought to repurpose it. Thanks for the fun idea!

    1. Thank you! So glad it could give you an idea! I love finding new uses for things just sitting around in our closets.

  3. Wish I’d seen your post before I went to Kohl’s this morning–decorative bird cages were on sale!!!! 🙁

  4. Lauren! I swear , you’ve gone& done it again! Yet another awesome idea!! And my hubby just bought me my first rustic birdcage for our new home! Also do not ever think the people in blog land don’t need a tutorial..! I love the simpler quicker ones because then I have hope that I can pull it off!!

    1. Thanks, Eve! That hubby sounds like a keeper. 😉 And you’re totally right. It’s often the really easy projects that I like best too.

  5. I don’t often comment, but I love quick and easy that works and no wiring. Thank you for sharing. I don’t know that I would ever have thought of this. Minnie’s all over Walmart – Beware. You have been warned. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Kathy! I love getting them! Poor Minnie. She may never forgive me.

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