Birds can be delightful additions to the home, but they can cause big messes with their feathers and bird seed. While bird seed catchers can be purchased at pet supply stores, they are often expensive or unattractive. Making your own seed catcher for your bird cage will save you money and give you more control over the catcher's appearance and size.
How to Make a Bird Cage Seed Catcher
Making the Seed Catcher
Use the measuring tape to calculate the perimeter of your bird cage. Because you want the finished catcher to be wider than the cage, add at least 12 inches to the perimeter.
Cut your fabric into a circle based on the measurements of your cage plus the additional size you want to add. Cut the fabric by folding it into fourths then into a triangle. Using fabric scissors, cut the widest part of the triangle so it curves. When you unfold, the fabric you will have a circle.
Finish the fabric edge with a zigzag stitch to avoid fraying. Fold a half-inch of material all around your fabric circle, pinning it in place as you go. If your material has a pattern, be sure to fold the right side of the material under to make the casing. Sew the casing, about 1/2 inch, around the fabric, leaving an opening to slide the wire through.
Bend the top of the wire to form a hook and slide it through the opening in the fabric. Go slowly so the wire does not snag the fabric. When both ends of the wire meet up, tie or twist them together using pliers. Close the casing over the wire.
Attaching the Seed Catcher to the Cage
Place the cage in the center of the fabric and mark the edges of the fabric closest to the four corners of the cage. Use the sharp end of a seam ripper to poke holes through the fabric where you made those marks near the wire in the hem.
Run string or ribbon through the holes and around the wire and tie a knot. Tie the the other end around the bars in each corner of the cage.
Make sure all of the knots are secure. Lift the cage and your seed catcher is attached.