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DIY Miniature Cage Centerpiece from Scratch

If there’s one thing I love doing most in the crafting world, it’s upcycling for the purposes of making something really pretty out of a simple material that a lot of people might have thrown out. That’s why I find myself crafting with cardboard so often! Whether the cardboard is the classic brown kind or the occasional white type, I’ll happily turn it into something decorative that I can put on display. Lately, I’ve also actually been on a huge centrepiece making kick. There’s just something so much more complete looking about a dinner table that has some kind of centrepiece, particularly if it’s one I made myself! I like that they often become conversation starters when my guests ask if I made the piece myself. Last week, I saw a cage style birdhouse in a home decor store and I couldn’t really justify spending the money on the piece… so I went home and used cardboard to make a crafty little tribute version myself!

Diy miniature cage centerpiece decor

Diy miniature cage centerpiece cardboard

By now, I’m pretty used to people asking me how I made things, which is nice since I’m always asking other people how they made their own DIY decor pieces as well, so I actually kept track of the steps of this project, just in case other people wanted to learn more about it! Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

Diy miniature cage centerpiece top

Diy miniature cage centerpiece display

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam
  • Wooden kebab sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • A folding utility knife
  • A pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbon (pink and white)
  • White paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Flower embellishments
  • Pearl beads

Diy miniature cage centerpiece for table

Diy miniature cage centerpiece materials

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Diy miniature cage centerpiece step 2

Step 2:

Use your ruler and pencil to mark out rectangular shapes on your styrofoam, making them two inches wide and three inches long. I made sure to draw the actual lines right onto the styrofoam rather than just making ticks because I’m not very good at cutting in a straight line if I don’t have a guide to follow. Use your utility knife to cut out the first correctly sized foam rectangle and then mark out and cut a second of the same size with your pencil and ruler or simply use the first rectangle you cut as a guide to cut the second in the same shape and size.