Jun 07 2010

Bridal Collection: Bird Cage Tea Light


Hi girls, I’m back with a brid cage tea light that was the most fun to design!  What a blast I had, I didn’t want to stop with this one .  .  .  way, way too much fun!! I enjoyed designing this piece more than any piece I’ve designed to date.

I picked up this adorable little bird cage from Michael’s a couple of months ago and am kicking myself for not purchasing all of them.  I can’t remember how much I paid for it, but certainly no more than $5.00.  At the time, I had no idea what I’d do with it, but thought it was so cute.  When I got about half way into the bridal series, an idea hit and I went with it.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

This photo was taken of the front of the bird cage.  As with the rest of the collection, I used the Dahlia nestibilities for the petals and flowers on the design.  The leaves were made with the Cuttlebug leaf die.  I’ve received a few e-mails from some of you asking where you can purchase the products used in the collection.  A Bridal Collection Product Page is over my blog banner for your convenience, links are provided to my store. 

If you missed the previous posts, you can click on these links to see the bridal card, candlesticks, tea lampnapkin holder, guest soaps, potpouri bag and scented candleplace card and altered tea bag tag, bride’s bible, tissue holder, and flower girl’s gloves.


In this view, you’re looking at the back of the bird cage.  The small bow covers the latch that opens and closes the top of the cage.  The two ribbons that are draped down on the left side of the cage with the medium sized Dahlias adhered to the ends are 1/8″ silk ribbon dyed to match the bows.  I attached these ribbons through a metal loop at the top of the cage.  The ribbons are used to hold the cage, like a lantern, or they can be tied around a hook and the bird cage can dangle from the hook, similar to a lantern.


I placed the cage on a tray so that you can see the lower edge.  To make the base the cage is sitting on, I covered a DVD with two rows of leaves.  The upper row of leaves was adhered to the top of the DVD and the lower row was adhered to the bottom of the DVD.  Before adhering the leaves, I traced the edge of the DVD on the Moss Green Embossing paper and cut out a circle.  The circle was adhered to the bottom of the DVD, hiding where the lower leaves have been adhered.


You can see the leaves better in this view.  Once the leaves were adhered, I then started arranging the Dahlia petals in a circle overlapping each other, starting from the outer edge and working in.  There are 3 rows of petals.  Are you wondering how I made the petals?  I thought you were.  Okay, this is what I did: I die cut several of the largest Dahlia flowers as well as the next size down, I believe it was #6 and #5.  With a dauber, I sponged ink around all of the flowers’ edges, there are 8 petals per flower, and gave them the green water wash (made with leaf green Tinta ink).  After the flowers were dry, I cut the petals into wedges, similar to that of a make-up sponge.  I didn’t draw lines to make them even as I wanted a more natural look with each petal not matching the one beside it.  I used paper snips to cut two slits on the outer edge of some of the petals, not all of them.  I sponged a second time around all edges of each cut petal and embossed them on the Pergamano embossing pad with the Pergamano embossing tools that I used throughout the entire bridal collection (see bridal product page above my blog banner for a complete list of supplies used throughout the collection).  I adhered the leaves and the petals to the DVD with Gerga Glue (also used throughout the entire collection).  I decorated the bird cage by adhering small Dahlias around the cage.  I adhered leaves to the top of the cage, some feathers, a bow and a medium sized Dahlia in the center of the bow.  Once the adhesive was dry, I then adhered the cage in the center of the DVD.  Giving the adhesive time to dry, I then set about adding more petals around the bottom of the cage, filling in the gaps.  This time I arranged the petals to fold up, hugging the cage.


This photo, being taken from over the cage, provides a better view of how I altered the top of the cage. This is a view from the front of the cage.


This photo, also taken over the cage, gives you an excellent view of the back of the cage, you can also see the bow that covers the back latch.  The leaves were cut from the Cuttlebug die used throughout the bridal collection.  I embossed the leaves’ veins with the Pergamano extra small ball embossing tool. I darkened the edges of the leaves by sponging Memories olive ink on them.


I’ve opened the bird cage so that you can see what it looks like on the inside.  I’ve placed a rose scented Yankee candle in it and oh does it ever smell wonderful!  Well, obviously, I won’t be lighting this candle, lest I set my little cage afire!  I’m sure those leaves at the top would lite rather quickly.  This little tea lamp is for looks and the subtle rose fragrance only.  You can also see clearly in this photo how I reversed the petals to hug the bottom of the cage, there are three rows.  I used a smaller sized Dahlia die for those petals, I think #4. 


A close up from the top, a good view to show you how I tied the ribbon holder around the metal loop at the top. I love the subtle green water wash on this flower, it gives it such a dreamy appearance.  The Soft Rose memories ink is so soft and beautiful, doesn’t this Dahlia look so very delicate!  I used Very Vanilla and Blush Blossom card stock, as well as Carnation White and Moss Green embossing papers throughout the entire collection of designs.


This picture provides a close up of the small Dahlias, as well as the leaves and petals.  Look closely, you’ll see the slits in some of the petals.  By placing the leaves on top of the DVD and below it, I was able to achieve a slight gap between them, giving them a bit of dimension.  Embossing the veins and sponging the edges with Olive ink added a bit of realistic texture.  I absolutely love this Cuttlebug leaf die, it’s a perfect companion for Dahlias and roses.  Before I chose it, I browsed the internet for Dahlia leaves and discovered they look very similar to rose leaves, I was tickled pink when I discovered I had a die that matched perfectly.


This bird cage is totally adorable, I hope you like it as much as I do.  I’m on a mad internet search to try to find the cage on line or something similar, I want to make up several of these for my girlfriends.  We get together throughout the year for luncheons and I’d love to have several made up for the table so that they can each take one home.

Tomorrow is the last day of the bridal designs.  I hope you’ll come back to see what I’ve saved for last, the grand finale, a gift for the bride to treasure for years to come.

For your shopping convenience, refer to the Bridal Collection Product Page at the top of my blog banner for links to A Touch of Grace – Paper Boutique for products used in the designs.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I truly appreciate your visits.


19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Bridal Collection: Bird Cage Tea Light”

  1. KathyN says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous Jerri! Absolutely stunning!!

  2. Jerri, this is too pretty for words. I just love flowers on my projects and so I have been loving this series!! I purchased the die just so I can copy you! I hope you don’t mind!! These Flowers are just beautiful! Can’t wait until tomorrow to see what you do!!

  3. susan says:

    An absolute treasure Jerri and a collection I’m sure that will be treasured for years to come…I love it

  4. Joan Fricker says:

    Jerri, what a stunning piece and a darling gift. Each piece of the series is gorgeous and is something to treasure for years. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  5. cepet says:

    Jerri, what a fantabulous idea! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The whole set has been so inspirational, but this takes the cake, for me. Can’t wait to see the finale.

  6. Pinky says:

    Jerri, what more can I say, gf?? This is over the top gorgeous and I love that little bird cage….

  7. Cathy says:

    Jerri, This is positively exquisite. And not “just” for a wedding, either. I’m thinking of my mom’s 80th birthday…. she LOVES to get dressed up for Senior’s Dances and many of your designs would make absolutely wonderful decorations for the table for a tea for her birthday. Your designs are always so inspiring and the execution of them is pure perfection!

  8. Selma says:

    Yes Jerri I love this little bird cage tea light as much as you do. This whole series of items are stunning. I can’t wait to see what you have to show us tomorrow. I tried to make one of your roses and will be posting it today. I’m anxious to see your video.

  9. Shawna says:

    Gorgeous Jerri! I love how it is nestled into the flower.

  10. Dottie Davis says:

    Just loved the whole dreamy, “Somewhere In Time” era collection. I love the time period where people actually wore beautiful clothes and were graceful. I am really looking forward to seeing a Youtube video on making those flowers and leaves. For now my artroom will see a bit of activity with my dahlia die! I bet tomorrow you are doing a bridal book … that’s my guess. Whatever it is it will be gorgeous.

  11. Denise Trottier says:

    WOW!!!!Jerry, this collection keeps me swooning from day to day…can I be one of those girlfriends who gets to have a beautiful cage???? I mean I could travel from Canada just for that luncheon!!!!Love it…just love it…this is so my style…hugs…Everything you touch is just magical…
    Denise Trottier

  12. *Sigh* No words.. Question, though… what do you do with all the amazing things you make? Do you sell them? I imagine walking through your house and seeing these things and feeling like I’m in a fairy tale. You have an amazing way about you, my friend.

  13. Mary Roberson says:


    While all your bridal designs have been inventive and lovely,
    this one knocked my socks off! I really appreciate the inside
    view of the cage. This is what I call thinking outside the box:)

  14. Joan Ervin says:

    What a fabulous idea to add the candle cage to your wedding collection….it’s absolutely gorgeous, Jerri!!!! Thanks for the great pictures, too…now I can see that this is pure perfection!!!

  15. Margaret Thompson says:

    What a cute idea. I saw those bird cages in Michaels but I see it better here with your handiwork on it! Pretty neat, I like it. Now I can’t wait to see what’s next – tomorrow. A bridal head piece?? Looks like you are covering the bridal set up from head to ? – toe as they say. Soon it’s going to be Cinderella’s glass slipper at the rate you’re going and I’m watching for that unless you are planning on a slew of men’s things for a wedding… that would be a kicker… a lot of black and white though.

    Take care Jerri and have fun.

  16. Heather says:

    I haven’t been online for a bit and look what you’ve done?!
    These are such exquisite pieces and each is more darling that the last. I’ve actually gotten up from the pc to make sure I had the Dahlia dies (check!) and made a few cutouts so I can be ready to play. The soft rose is so delicate and the perfect shade for these flowers. I think your addition of the green wash really does make the difference. I am, once again, in awe!
    My, but you must have run through oodles of ribbon, too! I’ve been dying mine for a while now and I really love how it turns out. Always has a vintage feel to it 🙂
    I’ve been playing with different flower punches lately and have been loving the entire making of process. Now to make something with-lol! You’ve inspired me to play and mostly, to enjoy playing.
    Thank you!
    Oh, I simply can’t wait to see what else you have up your wonder sleeve!

  17. So beautiful! The birdcage is adorable and the base you created for it is PERFECTLY DIVINE!

  18. Oh this is so awesome Jerri! I love the look of it! I’m wondering if you could use an electric tea light in it and it would give you the effect of light without the fire hazard 🙂

    Beautifully done friend!

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