Haunted Birdcage for Halloween

Hey Y’all!

I know that I say it all the time, but Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for and I can’t wait to share this project with you!  You will not only have a creepy and beautiful Halloween decoration, but you will also learn how to weather wood to make any wood old and worn.

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I have a confession to make. I am not a fan of black birds.  If you have ever seen Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, then you will totally understand why black birds can really be spooky.  You know what else freaks me out?  Birdcages from the 1990’s that are desperate for some updating…

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I know, what a horror!  Don’t worry, I have the perfect solution for you…  Americana’s Weathered Wood.  Take any type of wood and acrylic paints and make them crackled and aged in just a few simple steps.  Let’s learn how…

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Haunted Birdcage


Wooden Birdcage
DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood Crackling Medium

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black

Americana’s Acrylic Paint in Snow White

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Step One. The first thing you will do is paint the birdcage in whatever color you’d like for the crackling to be in.  I wanted a white crackle to show through, so I painted it white.  Let dry completely.  Now, paint on a layer of the weathered wood medium and let it dry completely.

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Step Two.  Paint a layer of the black paint.  Once it dries, the crackling will begin to emerge.  That is it!  It could not get any easier than this!

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I am amazed at how well the weathering medium worked and can see a zillion projects to use this with.  For now, all of my Halloween goodies are getting a little aged!

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Happy Crafting!


You will also love these fun Halloween DIY projects…

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mini halloween apothecary jars

Mini Halloween Apothecary Jars

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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. Lenore says

    That bird cage looks FANGTASTIC! I pinned that straight away. I was going to stop pinning on my Halloween board, then I open your email and well all I can say is you put an end to my stopping.

  2. LZ Cathcart says

    LOVE THIS! And like you said, the great thing about birdcages is that you can use them for a hundred different projects. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing! You gave me an idea for my bird cage! It’s already black and 5′ tall but I never thought to decorate it for Halloween! Love your idea and your blog!!

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