A cloche is a bell shaped glass cover.  They are used to cover tender plants in the garden in the early spring.

Make use of cloches for protecting plants in the fall garden.   Photo by Susan Reimer under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.Click To Enlarge

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:

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…to baby shoes.

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…with lots of things in between:

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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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Vintage bottles under a cloche

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Here is a bright idea:

Interesting use of a cloche!

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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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Winter cloche

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Darling bunny in a cloche! Knew I had a little cloche for something!

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from:  Wedding Chicks

Last year I learned that if you want to use artificial snow, you can use Epsom salts.

snow scenes and cloches. This could be up all winter.  I have the deer, the cloche and the snow ... need some trees.

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!

Display jars made from logs and a glass container.

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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!

Mini Cloches - Upend ordinary glassware as display domes. To create these super-adorable mini cloches, raid your kitchen.  Glue an iron lamp finial—like a tree, to the bottom of each container with a thin coat of E6000 Multipurpose Adhesive. Let harden for an hour before enclosing tiny treasures underneath.    Read more: Recycled Craft Ideas - Crafts from Recycled Materials - Country Living

You can get a similar look by using a glass dome…the kind that goes over a clock.

buttons in a cloche

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Visit www.mysocalledcraftylife.com for a tutorial on these charming plastic wine glass/cloche ornaments.

plastic wine glasses & clear glass beads to create these DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments (complete tutorial)

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.

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In the family room I have my tallest cloche with rolled book pages tied up with string.

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Last year I had them all on the mantel and there was a small glass bottle with artificial greens beneath each one.

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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!

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