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Decorate on a budget with this easy dollar store DIY Halloween Skeleton Bird cage. This fun DIY Halloween craft cost $3 to make and your DIY Dollar Store Halloween Skeleton Bird cage will look perfectly creepy outside or inside this Halloween!

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I love planning out our Halloween decorations before I actually buy anything or pull anything out of storage. This time of year also means that I’m searching for Halloween stores, blogs and Pinterest for ideas on how I want to decorate.

This year I knew I wanted a witch theme with a few skeletons thrown into the mix. We decorated the front of the house to look like a witch cottage and in our Halloween world, skeletons are helping with the decorating and our witch has a Skeleton Bird as a pet. I can’t wait to show y’all the decorations in an upcoming post but for now, take a look at our witch’s pet!

I saw this Hanging Cage Halloween Prop DIY on and loved it! I wanted to make something similar but not quite as big because I knew I wanted to hang it by the front door.

After a trip to our local Dollar Store to take a look at what the Halloween decorations looked like this year, I picked up what I needed for this DIY Dollar Store Halloween Skeleton Bird cage! This entire project was just $3. That’s right y’all… THREE DOLLARS. Ok well… $3 plus tax hahaha but you know what I mean.

Now take the 2nd basket which would normally look like this and flip the chains so that they make the basket hang upside down.

Use the little hooks that hold the chain to the basket to connect the 1st basket (without the chain) to the 2nd basket to make a bird cage. The clips on the baskets from the Dollar Store just push open so they’re easy to connect.

Let’s talk about this little skeleton bird for just second. I bought this little guy at our local dollar store. However, I’ve seen him at two other stores and online for A LOT more than a dollar. Heck, I saw one that was almost exactly the same if not the same for $24!! I’ve also noticed that the skeleton bats and rats from the Dollar Store are also at other stores for about $10.

So what I’m saying is, check your local dollar store or dollar tree for Halloween decorations because they have a bunch and sometimes they have the same things others have for just $1.

Oh, another thing the dollar store has that other stores have are the rubber plastic bats! They’re like $3-$5 at the other stores and of course, they are $1 at the dollar store. (Side note, this post isn’t sponsored by the Dollar Tree, I just love to save money and want to tell you about it haha)

My Skeleton Bird was small enough to slide through the bars of the bird cage but if you’re using a bigger bird you might want to put him in before you attach the two bird cage pieces together.

Now if you’re hanging this inside then you’re done. However, if you’re going to hang it outside like I did, you may want to secure your bird a little bit. I was worried that a storm or a strong breeze (or kids bumping it haha) might knock my litte pet bird over in his cage. So I just took a little bit of hot glue and secured his little feet to the bottom of the cage.

I was certain that this year I wanted a witch theme with some skeletons included. In our Halloween world, skeletons assist with the decorating, and our witch has a Skeleton Bird as a pet. We decorated the front of the house to resemble a witch cottage. I’m excited to share the decorations with you all in a future post, but for now, check out our witch’s pet!

I enjoy making a plan for our Halloween décor before I actually purchase anything or take anything from the closet. This time of year also means that I’m looking for inspiration for my Halloween decorations on Pinterest, blogs, and Halloween stores.

To create a bird cage, attach the first basket (without the chain) to the second basket using the tiny hooks that secure the chain to the basket. The Dollar Store baskets have clips that simply push open, making connections simple.

I’m trying to say that you should look for Halloween decorations at your neighborhood dollar store or dollar tree because they have a lot of them and occasionally they have the same items that others have for just $1.

Use this simple dollar store DIY Halloween Skeleton Bird cage to decorate on a budget. Your DIY Dollar Store Halloween Skeleton Bird cage will look incredibly eerie both inside and outside this Halloween for just $3!

First, take one of the baskets and cut off the smaller ring. The wire cutters will be used to cut each metal post surrounding the ring.

The wire will now be used to join the two baskets. The wire will be wrapped around the large metal rings of both baskets once they are placed together.

3. One tiny wooden disk, about three inches in width that I purchased from Walmart

After that, I turned the cage over so that the posts protrude through the tray’s bottom. I bent the ends of each post using the needle nose pliers. This will secure the cage to the tray and prevent the posts from sliding back through.

The posts should be positioned exactly at my tray’s outer ring. I marked the locations of each post with the black marker.


How do you decorate a tall bird cage?

Fill Your Vintage Birdcage with a Collection Milk glass vessels with votive candles tucked inside can create a pretty glow on a chilly winter night. You could also display a collection of vintage glass bottles or pottery. Even a trio of faux pillar candles, set on a timer for the dark nights.

What can I use to make a bird cage?

Purchase 6 mesh sheets, 100 staple nails, 24 nails, and untreated wood. It is important to check that all the materials that you use to build your cage aren’t toxic to birds. Only use stainless steel wire, as the zinc in galvanised and powder-coated wire can be harmful to birds.

What should bird cages be constructed from?

The cage should be constructed from material that is strong enough to withstand the power of the bird’s beak; is easy to clean; and is non-toxic if ingested. Plastic-coated wire is commonly used for small bird cages while powder-coated bars, or even stainless steel, are used for larger cages.