Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Year's Craft

This craft is for adults, but the finished product can be used as doll house furniture.

Continue your celebrations and recycle at the same time! One of our blog readers sent in this simple craft that uses the metal cages from champagne bottles. You probably have a bunch left over from New Year’s festivities.

She found these cute café chairs in a book on making doll-house furniture, but she likes to use them as place card holders.

To make the wire chairs you will need:

  • Wire cages from champagne bottles
  • Wire snipper pliers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Glue Gun (optional)
Use the wire snippers to clip the circular wire at the bottom of the cage. (I like to clip it across from the twisted part and use the twist as the decorative top of the chair.) Pull the wire out, leaving the four "legs" of the chair and the "seat."

Bend the wire you have just removed into the shape of a seat back. (You may have to clip off the ends to shorten them.) Use the needle nose pliers to twist the wire around the legs of the seat to make the back of the chair.

If you want to make fancier chairs, you will need two wire cages for each chair. You can clip different shapes from the wire loop that you remove and use a glue gun to secure the chair backs.

If you need a lot of wire cages, ask your liquor store or a restaurant that does champagne brunch to save them for you!

If you have any questions for the author of this project, your can contact her at


Anonymous said...

My child will love the chairs for her doll house. Thank you craft frog for the idea!

Anonymous said...

You know we did have a bunch of those left over that for some reason I didn't through away! Will try this. I think they would be cute favors at a wedding shower.

Anonymous said...

These are really cute and clever, and seem easy enough to do!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I can't wait to try to make the chairs.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of using these for place cards. Thank you craft frog!