How to make a bird cage seed catcher

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a pet bird, you are likely familiar with just how messy they can be. Even if you clean the bird's area daily, it will still almost immediately mess up the area again. You can buy bird seed catchers that fit on the bottom of your bird's cage, but they are generally not visually appealing and often the birds "squirt" the hulls far beyond the range of the catcher. Make your own bird cage seed catcher that will block the trajectory of the seeds and complement your decor.

Take measurements for the bird seed catcher. You will need the perimeter of the cage. Once you have this, add 4 inches to get the length of cloth you will need for the catcher. The width will generally be 8 inches, but if you have a particularly large cage or messy bird, you might want to increase this measurement slightly.

Cut your fabric. Cut a piece of fabric matching the dimensions determined by your measurements. It will be a long rectangle.

Hem all sides of the fabric by 1 inch. Use a zigzag stitch to prevent ravelling. When you are done hemming, you will have a rectangle that is 2 inches longer that the perimeter of the cage and 6 inches in width.

Apply the Velcro. Half the Velcro will be on the inside of one end of the rectangle; the other half will be on the outside of the other end so that the rectangle can be wrapped around the cage and secured where the ends overlap. Press down firmly on the Velcro so that the adhesive sticks.

Attach the seed catcher to the cage. It will fit snugly around the wires at the bottom of the cage. When your bird starts eating and the hulls start flying, they will bounce off the catcher and back into the cage for easy cleanup.


You can cut a hole for the water bottle if you like. Make a variety of seasonal seed catchers so that your pet can show its holiday spirit.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
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