Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Part 2- The DIY Instructions to re-creating our Birdcage themed shoot!

One of my favorite DIY ideas was to create our own birdseed wreath. This one requires some patience and a few rolls over the birdseed, but as you can see...the outcome is well worth the extra effort!

Birdseed Wreaths

To create them:


  • 2 of the largest foam wreaths you can buy at any craft store. (we used squared off edges instead of the round but you can use whichever you prefer.)
  • 1 bag of bird seed
  • Styrofoam or heavy duty glue


  1. Get a deep bin or large working surface and spread the birdseed out
  2. Heavily roll the wreaths in glue, gently helping the birdseed on by lightly patting to cover (you may need to repeat several times after you allow to dry a little)
  3. Tie your ribbon of choice on to hang!

Ribbon wands are perfect in lieu of sparklers or as flower girl wands. To create them:


  • 3 ft dowels (from any craft store, each will heed 2)
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock
  • Glue dots
  • Spray Paint
  1. Cut dowels in half.
  2. Spray paint wooden dowels white (or any color of your choosing).
  3. Tie strands of ribbon at the top of the dowel in varying heights.
  4. Cut out paper birds from desired paper. I used cardstock in similar shades.
  5. Attach paper birds to the ends of the ribbon by a glue dot.

Ribbon Wands-3

Paper flower garlands and birdcages were hung from the trees. To create the birdcages:


  • Embroidery hoop (2 per birdcage)
  • Chicken wire
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Candle
  • Birds


  1. Use an embroidery hoop as your base and top.
  2. Wrap chicken wire around and wire to the hoops.
  3. Wire wooden dowels into the display (high enough not to be burned by a candle, if you choose to have one in your birdcage), and add birds with wire or hot glue.

Paper Flower GarlandBirdcage in Tree

Stitched fabric birds appeared at each place setting! The pattern for these birds can be found here.

Whimsical Bird Wedding Tabletop-14

A bird mobile hung above the tabletop. It’s easy to create on your own!


  • Pea gravel
  • Planter
  • Outdoor small flag stand
  • Wooden dowels
  • Fishing line
  • Paper birds
  • Glue


  1. Place the pea gravel and flag stand into the planter, being sure it will stand vertical
  2. Attach paper birds to each end of wooden dowels and along fishing wire
  3. Use fishing wire to hang dowels from flag stand

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