I've seen decorated shoeboxes and fancy mailboxes, but I wanted something that would be pretty and dainty and sit on the table. I'm not dainty at all, but this was the one place I vowed to be girly. (Vowed, haha!) I was all over the wedding forums at that time, and there was a lot of talk about decorating a wire birdcage with tulle and ribbons. That appealed to me so much.
I purchased a decorative cage at Homesense, stocked up on white tulle from Michael's, and went to town. I loved this so much. Doesn't it look like a little church?
I had a hard time finding something I was happy with and, with no time to spare, finally settled on a wire magazine holder with flower details.
Her bridesmaids were wearing green so I added some green accents to the center of each flower.
The sides and top are done with a basket weave pattern.
I fashioned a little door on one side using a wire coat hanger so that she would be able to open the cage later. Considering the frame I had to work with, I think it turned out quite nice.
When another cousin announced he was getting married a few years later, I started looking for a cage right away. This is the beauty that I found.
I worked for weeks on this one. I wove it and took it apart a half dozen times. I planned on giving it to the bride at her shower and stayed up until after midnight the night before getting it perfect. (Shannon, if you're reading this, don't feel guilty - I did it 'cause I love you!) Here is the final product.
If there was a market for it, I could be happy making and selling these forever. If you know a person looking for something like this, let me know - I'd love to help them out!