Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bird Cages in the Garden

Please welcome my guest writer, Robert. He has some great ideas on how to use bird cages in your garden!

Using Bird Cages to Decorate Your Garden
Finding interesting, charming, distinctive items around your home or stashed away in your attic and placing them strategically in your garden is a fun and thrifty way to create a one-of-a-kind space that fits your personality. Bird cages are one such item, as they are typically dainty and elegant enough to fit in with your favorite flowers or hang from a tree. They are especially delightful if you are an avid birdwatcher, as they call to mind some of the colorful songbirds you might see around your yard. If you like the idea but are not sure how you would use them, consider the following suggestions to spark your own creative designs.
Use bird cages as unconventional bird feeders. Hang them in trees or from hooks around the yard. Fill the bottoms of the cages with seed. Keep the doors to the cages wide open and let the wild birds enjoy.
Suspend several bird cages anywhere you have trailing plants such as begonias, impatiens or ivy. Allow the tendrils of the plants to grow around, over and through the bars of the cages. Even if they appear rusty or show patina over time, they will look lovely among the flowers and greenery.
Use bird cages as hanging planters. Dangle them from hooks on your porch or patio and place pots with flowering plants that will grow through the bars and hang down attractively, such as verbena, fuchsia or geraniums.
Create a custom outdoor chandelier by hanging a bird cage over a picnic table or on your porch ceiling. Place several votive candles in side of the cage and light them whenever you desire some romantic illumination. Another option is to hang several cages around your garden and wrap them with strings of white holiday lights. When lit, your yard will look like something from the pages of a fairytale.
Once you start thinking of ways to adorn your garden with bird cages, you may find that you want more of them. Fortunately, you can find bird cages for sale at pet stores, home design shops and even yard sales.

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