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Kids Craft: How to make a hanging bird cage

A simple tutorial on how to make a hanging bird cage. You can use any leftover card from other DIY projects to make this gorgeously simple bird cage craft. Make a few of them and string them up under an awning or sun shade for some ‘cheep’ and cheerful garden party decor!

You will need:

  • Coloured Card
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or Tape
  • Needle & Thread

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1. Cut out three strips of coloured card about the same width of your ruler. Form one into a circle and staple in place.

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2. Fold the other two strips in half and cut along the fold to make four narrow strips.

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3. Stick each end of the strips to the inside of the circle using tape or a stapler. Each strip should cross over the next – forming the ‘bars’ of the cage. Continue until each strip is in place.

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4. Next draw a simple bird shape in coloured card and cut out. Your child may like to add colour or decoration such as feathers or sequins to the bird.

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5. Using a needle and thread attach the bird to the inside of the cage by piercing through the top centrepoint and tying it in place. Make sure to leave a length of thread at the top to allow you to hang up the birdcage.

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