Handmade Cloche

What is a cloche you ask?

Cloche (French for bell) may refer to the following:
Bell (instrument), especially in music directions
Row cover, a covering for protecting plants from cold temperatures
Cloche hat, a close-fitting women’s hat;hat worn by flappers in the 1920s
A restaurant’s bell-shaped cover for a plate of food, to retain warmth
A dome-shaped clay oven used for baking a single loaf of bread

Basically, they are the latest rage in home decor. I have been seeing these babies all over the place. Here is a website with a bunch for sale. But you know there is no way I am paying that! So where does that leave me? MAKE MY OWN OF COURSE!!! I have seen quite a few brilliant ladies make these so I have been keeping my eyes open for parts that could make up one.

So Thursday at Goodwill I found this hurricane lamp (without the rest of the base) for $.99.

This cute glass plate for $.99…

And this taper candleholder for $.25…

I had this little flat glass pebble…

I added a little of this…

And came up with this…

Stinkin cute huh? Not bad for $2.25! It measures about 11″ high and 6″ in diameter. Now I just need my Christmas decorations to add some little ornaments inside, or some berries or something festive. Maybe I could add acorns or cranberries for Thanksgiving. I will have to think about that one.

Here are a few ideas of things some bloggy peeps have done with them…Thrifty Decor Chick, A Soft Place to Land, Nesting Place, Nesting Place again.





  • Andrea P.

    OH I like that! It would be darling with cranberries and/or mini-pinecones in it too!

    I did a similar prject today – making pedestals for my table. If you’d like, check them out here: http://goodisbestsworstenemy.blogspot.com/2008/11/put-up-on-pedestal.html

  • Carmel

    I’ve never seen these before, but your’s is much cuter than the ones on the website. Much more frilly looking.

  • MomE

    I have a little one…didn’t even know that’s what it is…I take cheeseballs to parties in it! Ha ha ha! How do you pronounce this? I’m so going to Goodwill on the hunt now!!

  • asnipofgoodness

    OH MY GOODNESS, SOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!! What a wonderful idea, you ARE infarrantly creative (I’m not sure what that means, so I hope it’s good). I really, really love it!!!

  • lifeandjoy2

    I just found your site today and let me say that I want to be just like you when I grow up!!!

    The cloche you MADE is just genius!

    I’m off to check out the rest of your site ;o)

  • Hester Jane

    I stumbled upon your site today, very nice. I love your cloche! You really have an eye/ a talent for putting things together. Thrifting is fun.
    Best
    -Hester Jane

  • Alicia

    I have a feeling all Goodwills are going to be bereft of all their glass jars, plates, candle holder, etc. Anything we cloche-a-holics can find to copy your beautiful little cloche. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to hit the yard sale/thrift stores tomorrow :0)

  • Michelle@Sweet Something

    What a wonderful idea!!Great job!

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Oh I love, love, love it. Thank you so much for showing this wonderful tutorial. I have had so many ask how to do it and I had no idea, I just knew that someone did. This is just adoreable and I love the glass knob. Thanks so much for joining the party. This is such fun. Hugs, Marty

  • Barb

    That's great!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    blessings
    barbara jean

  • Ana~A Petite Cottage

    That is too cute. You should come over and see my transformation. I use a candelier glass lamp/sconce and turned it into a cloche. It turned out pretty cute too. Hope you can make it. Have a great weekend.

    Blessings and a Smile,
    ♥Ana

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Your cloche turned out really well!

  • Denise Marie

    Goodwill needs to be thankful to bloggers for coming in there and dreamin' up creative ideas for the discards. Terrific make-over!! I have seen some great ideas from about 6 of the posts at the party for creating your own. :P

  • Oliva

    Ohhh…way too clever! Thank you for showing step by step how to make a cloche!

  • Kim @ Starshine Chic

    It turned out fabulous!!!

  • Jane

    Very clever!

    Jane (artfully graced)