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Bird Cage Valentine’s Decor

Bird Cage Decor by Kelly Wayment

This year for my February office décor, I decided to make a little birdcage. And yes, it’s quite little…and covered with mini flowers (my favorite part). Most of the flowers are about 1/2″ or smaller, and the birdcage itself is 7” tall including the 1.25″ finial.


This birdcage design comes with an optional swing and bird, which I did not use so I could hang some hearts inside instead. You can find the birdcage assembly tutorial from the designer here, which covers the same assembly for several similar files.


The cutting file itself comes with some extra pieces, depending on whether you use the bird and swing or not. I did not, so all I cut were 8 “wedge” pieces of the birdcage (the piece with the perforations and decorative flaps) and the hexagon base. I made mine small enough so I could fit four per 12 x 12” page. (And I was in a “mini” kind of mood!)


bird cage cut pieces


I used pattern paper instead of heavier cardstock, and the finished cage is sturdy enough. Each cage piece (except the base and the optional bird center piece) gets folded like this:


Cut 8 tabbed cage pieces


Once these are cut and folded, simply glue four together, then another four together to get two halves of a bird cage. Leave the flaps out of the way while you glue the matching vertical cage pieces together.


Glue cage pieces together


For the hearts, I chose a heart from my Studio Library that was symmetrical and just added my own perforated line. (See image below.)

  • Place a symmetrical heart shape on your work page.
  • Draw a vertical line down the center (with your Line Drawing Tool).
  • With that line selected, go to your Line Style Window and choose a perforation style.
  • Center the line within your heart. (Select the heart and line, go to your Align Window and choose Align Center.)
  • Group the line with the heart so you can duplicate and resize as necessary.


Heart with perforated fold line


I cut 10-12 of the same size (10 hearts about 1.5” tall and 12 hearts about 1” tall) and stuck the coordinating halves together, then added a string inside before closing up the final pieces. I used “strawberry” adhesive cardstock on the smaller heart, which made it really fast to cut and assemble.


String between 3D heart - adhesive cardstock


Tip: You can turn a flat shape into a 3D shape like this with any shape that’s vertically symmetrical by adding your own perforated line.


I placed the string of the hanging hearts against one half of the bird-cage finial and glued it in place. I trimmed off the excess string before adding glue to the remaining face and pressing the two cage halves together. You can glue the decorative tabs in place before or after putting the two sides together.


Hang heart in cage


Finally, I cut a lot of little flower pieces, shaped them, glued them together with hot glue, and added rhinestones to the centers with my rhinestone setter tool. I did a little mixing and matching of flower pieces, and most of my flowers only have one or two layers because they’re so tiny. The largest flowers are about 1/2″.


I used hot glue to place individual mini flowers all over the cage. Pretty cute, isn’t it? I’m excited to put this piece out on display.


Bird cage flower detail


Bird Cage Decor by Kelly Wayment



Kelly Wayment

Hi! I'm Kelly Wayment and am thrilled to continue on with Silhouette America's design team for a fourth term. I live in Utah with my husband of 17+ years and our four kids ranging from first-grader to teen. I work part-time as an auditor in an accounting firm, but I would always prefer to be crafting. I started scrapbooking and cardmaking in 1999, and that has spread into other crafts over the years. The Silhouette machine has literally changed the course of my life as it has turned my simple hobbies into ways to push the boundaries with my creativity, along with innumerable opportunities to teach and share that joy with others.

Designs Used:

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®


CAMEO 12-inch cutting mat

adhesive cardstock


assorted rhinestone pack (clear, rose, pink)

yellow rhinestones


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  1. MAJOR cuteness!

  2. OMG I love this!

  3. How very pretty!

  4. This is so cute. Your tutorial is easy to follow, too!

  5. Very pretty Kelly…the tiny flowers are so cute!

  6. What a lovely ornament. You have inspired me to make one too – love all the features.

  7. Beautiful! I love your projects and all the pretty things you make.

    I’m a fairly new Cameo owner, I purchased mine, just before the newer version came out. I’m loving it!

    Hugs, Lori m

  8. OH my – this is absolutely beautiful 🙂

    Thank you!

  9. Oh Man…………
    This is outstanding.
    I almost think I could do this with these instructions

  10. This is so very pretty! Those tiny rhinestone flowers are such a nice touch too.

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