A cloche is a bell shaped glass cover. They are used to cover tender plants in the garden in the early spring.
Someone decided to make them a decorating trend and bring them inside. I bought two and three were wonderful gifts. I will show you what I do with mine in a minute.
Why do I like cloches? I guess the reason is because they are so versatile. You can display them empty or with treasures beneath. If you put something like a rock under a cloche suddenly it looks like an expensive rock! There is just something about putting things under glass that elevates the objects to a higher level. Also, silver does not tarnish as quickly and it keeps off the dust.
Here are photos of cloches that have been used to display everything from coral:
…to baby shoes.
…with lots of things in between:
cloche styled by The Vintage Parlor.
If you want to put multiples that fill a cloche you must fill it upside down, put the base of the opening and then flip it over. I did this once with sea shells. It was not the easiest thing to do, but effective.
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Here is a bright idea:
I do find that if you put live plants beneath, they give off moisture that clouds the glass. This little ecosystem is really the intended purpose of the cloche.
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Last year I learned that if you want to use artificial snow, you can use Epsom salts.
Maybe you like the look but you do not have a cloche and you don’t want to buy one. Make one from an upside down clear glass jar. It is the ultimate in recycling!
Glue a lamp finial to the bottom of an upside down jar. Use a glue like E6000 but remember to use it in a well ventilated room!
You can get a similar look by using a glass dome…the kind that goes over a clock.
Visit www.mysocalledcraftylife.com for a tutorial on these charming plastic wine glass/cloche ornaments.
I promised to show you how I use my cloches. Actually, right now I have four of them in the kitchen on a tole tray. Today I put some rosemary beneath one of them.
In the family room I have my tallest cloche with rolled book pages tied up with string.
Last year I had them all on the mantel and there was a small glass bottle with artificial greens beneath each one.
When you are getting ready for the holidays, think about displaying a treasured ornament, a saved card, a photo of a loved one under glass. Create and be happy!