That's a quote from Franz Kafka. But it's OK, this cage is a paper one, and couldn't hold a bird if it didn't want to stay!
At the Ashtead Craft Club's monthly workshop on Wednesday, I will be showing how to create a birdcage.
This is a good project for upcycling stuff - for the base I'm using a cheese triangle box, such as Laughing Cow or Dairylea, or those Camembert ones would be good too. I'm also using some strong acetate from packaging, together with bits of card from my off-cuts box.
Before the bars are secured, create what will be inside the cage. I've used a bird, but anything is possible! Flowers, hearts, animals, butterflies - whatever takes your fancy!
Fix inside the cage base. If any part of it is going to stick out through the bars you have the pencil marks to show where the bars will be.
Now you can glue the bars onto the base, using the pencil marks as a guide; the brad will allow any adjustments to be made.
Next, fix the strips of patterned paper around the base sides.
Embellish to your heart's content!
This was fun to make, and would make a perfect alternative to a birthday card if a greeting was included, either inside or outside the cage.
I hope you have noted - no paint or ink was involved in the making of this project, and come to think of it - no blue either!