DIY Projects: Wooden Bird Cages

Written by lauren reinhard
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Building a wooden birdcage is a relatively simple project that will ensure you will wind up with exactly the cage you are looking for to house your birds. Before you start, it is important to identify what kinds of birds you will be keeping and if you would like a freestanding birdcage or one that hangs from the ceiling. Plan where in your house you will be keeping the birdcage so you can plan if you would like to build a square, round or rectangle cage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper or electric sander
  • Wood frame pieces
  • Waterproof glue
  • Staple gun
  • Straight blade
  • Door hinge
  • Hook
  • Wood for frame legs

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  1. 1

    Start building your basic wooden frame by sanding down each piece of wood that you will be using for your birdcage. This will ensure you won't get splinters while you construct the remainder of the cage and your bird will stay safe while housed inside.

  2. 2

    Cut each piece of wood to the desired size based on how large your cage will be. Take four pieces of wood and attach in the shape of a square or a rectangle using wood glue. Attach four more pieces of wood in the same size square or rectangle you have just previously made. One of these will be the top and one will be the bottom of the cage's frame structure.

  3. 3

    Affix four equal sized pieces of wood to each corn of the top and bottom of the frame's structure, creating a cube.

  4. 4

    Cut the wire to a size that wraps all the way around the outside of the cage frame and fits snugly. Using a nail gun, affix the wire all around the top, bottom and down each side of the frame. Cut two more pieces of wire that will snugly cover the top and bottom of the frame with no gaps. In the same way, attach one piece with a staple gun to the top and one piece to the bottom of the wooden frame.

  5. 5

    Cut a square out of the wire on one side of the frame with a straight razor. Make sure the square you cut is right next to one of the wooden frame pieces and is large enough to get your hand through. Cut another piece of wire that is just slightly larger than the hole you have cut in the cage.

  6. 6

    Affix one side of the door hinge to the wood on the side of the cage next to the door opening and the other side to the edge of the wire that will be the door. This will attach the door to the cage.

  7. 7

    Attach a hook to the top of the cage if you plan to hang it from the ceiling or a stand. If you want a freestanding cage, attach four evenly cut pieces of wood to each bottom corner of the cage with a hammer and nails.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to choose materials that will not harm the health of your bird. Use only untreated wood that has not been painted and wire mesh that is free of metals like brass, zinc or copper.

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