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Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY Cloche

Maybe I haven't named my blog correctly? Maybe I should have named it "Cheap-O Decorating Ideas" or "Decorating With Trash?"

I'm kidding, of course, but it seems like I've done alot of these "zero budget decorating" posts lately! I truly hope that I'm am putting the emphasis on being creative, thinking outside the box, and using what you already have in a new way- not on CHEAP.

I like to think I have expensive taste. I just can't help the fact that I have no money to go along with my taste right now! : )
Somebody? Anybody?

I really desire to help those of you who can't afford to shop for whatever you want to get inspired to create something with what you have (or thrifted finds!) and to show those of you who can afford to shop how fun it can be to create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home!

On to my cheap frugal and CREATIVE cloche! 


I first showed you this piece when I was working on my
faux fireplace mantel in November. I had thought of putting this together with one of my handmade cake stands to sell at The Penny and the Pearl but can you believe I cracked it?? Ugh. 

Last month I did a post titled Whatever is Lovely, where I used this as a centerpiece on my table. The post was about filling up my table space (and my mind!) with pretty things in an attempt to keep us from dropping our chaos there all the time. I am SO happy to report that nearly a month later there is still no junk on the table-yay!

I made a little addition to the piece for Spring, so I thought this was the perfect time to show you how I put it all together to get you thinking about what YOU might want to create!

This is what I started with. A dome from a light fixture that I picked up at the thrift store for about $2.00.
I thought it looked really sweet with just the cotton fabric scrap I added to the top.

But recently, as I was cleaning up some of my crafting mayhem, I came across this piece that I picked up on that same trip to the thrift store months ago. Not the metal flower, I still don't know what I'm doing with that yet....

An old ceiling light fixture I paid .25c for because there was something about the shape and the lacy looking part that said "possibilities".

Yeah, not so cute here, but potential, right?

I took the two sections apart and painted this piece white. I lightly distressed it and added a crystal drawer handle I already had (there was already the hole from where it was attached to the other section) 

I glued three pearls where the holes on the sides were. 

It fits perfectly on the top opening of my cloche! 

I could glue it, but I like the idea of being able to take it off (or use it on something else!) if I choose. Do I have commitment issues? :)

Total cost of my one-of-a-kind unique cloche comes in at $2.25!
The pretty white bowl was a Christmas gift from my daughter. 

There you have it. Another of my frugal decorating secrets dragged into the light. I need to think about doing a food post soon : )

Take a look around your house (or head to the thrift store) and think about what you can create that is uniquely yours! 

Sharing over at:

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground
Power of Pinterest Party at Debbiedoo's and Fox Hollow Cottage 
SNS at Funky Junk Interiors  
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo 
Pin Me at Diana Rambles 
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill 
Creative Bloggers Party at Homemaker on a Dime
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
Pretty Things at twelveOeight  
Budget Decorating at Creative Cain Cabin
Cowgirl Up at Farmhouse Porch
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House  
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm 
Welcome Home Wednesday at Vintage on a Dime 
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours 
Creative Inspirations at Embracing Change
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Cloche Party at A Stroll Thru Life    



  1. I love it! That is using your creativity. You go!

  2. This is soooo cute, It looks like a crown on top.

    Your new follower,

    Pearl 13.1

  3. Love it! I saw and commented over on hometalk, but had to pop in here, too! :)

  4. Love your ideas Jeanette! I'm a new follower, I found you on Common Ground Be Inspired Friday. ~~ Becky @ Vintage 541

  5. I think it looks PERFECT!!! I love frugal, budget friendly projects!

  6. newest follower! found you on funky junk interiors...i just bought a chandelier and it has this type of glass fixtures that i didn't want to use...i now know what to do with them! i love this idea...
    ashley @CL&J

  7. This is gorgeous!!! I hope you can share it at Pretty Things on Monday, I love it !!

    xo, Tanya

  8. Adore this fabulous creation! So cute. Brilliant idea :) Off to pin your genius!!

  9. Hmmm....let me see...I love birds and cloches...and to top it used a creative idea for the winner for me!!

  10. Adorable! The scrap fabric turned out lovely! Great idea Jeanette!

  11. As a cloch a holic, I really love this! I am quite impressed at your creativity and it turned out wonderfully! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  12. So sweet!! Love how it all came together like it was meant to be :)

  13. Absolutely adorable, LOVE LOVE LOVE the little princess crown you created for the top!

  14. Yeah...way to think and create outside the box! This is too cute. I am a new follower, found you at BNOP.

  15. This is so clever! I love anything repurposed! You go girl! Thanks so much for sharing!


  16. How sweet, it is so darn cute, i love it. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin and I am also a new follower:)

  17. So clever, so creative, so cheap, er, inexpensive! I love that you saw something in that fixture piece.

  18. So cute! I have been wanting a cloche but haven't wanted to pay lots of $$ for it! This is the perfect solution! I'm going to have to be on the lookout for similar thrift finds! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    Jenna @

  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE this cloche - and love your style of writing - you're too funny - what a pleasure to come by!!!
    Have to make it a point to visit often

  20. Cute little idea! Please share your entry on Creative Crafts Thursday,, and any of your favorite projects each and every week.

  21. Oh what a cute idea and so inspirational! Great job!

  22. Very pretty! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

  23. You're right; it was fab with just the cotton fabric. But, oh that crown! Delish!
    I found you today from the Linky at The Dedeicated House, where I am #374. I hope you will stop by my blog and leave a comment, also.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  24. Hi! I'm your new follower,looks like you have a lot of fun creative ideas.I enjoyed visiting you.Love your brand new creation :)

  25. Hi Jeanette, really cute creation. I love that it's removable. It dresses it up when one wants and I can see you using it in other ways. It's actually cute just all by it'self. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Not committment issues, being smart enuf to know you might need or want to use that top piece on something else some day or by itself. I'm always thinking about what I might use something for besides one purpose if it's detachable. Go with it, you are a genius and very talented, your table is gorgeous. Love your blog, subscribed. Had to find out what you do next. You've totally inspired me. Happy March

  27. This is so lovely, very shabby chic, but definitely not cheap!

  28. I loved this project (thought I'd commented before, oops, sorry!!) so much that I pinned it! And now...another pin I can move to my 'Pinned and Done' board! Thank you for the inspiration, I haven't posted about it, but will soon. I'll let you know, because I'll be linking to you and crediting you for the idea.
    Debbie :)

  29. Oh I totally love this. How fun and so creative. Great post too, I love your style and sense of humor. This is definitely my kind of decorating, my budget is a little small (0) too. Thanks so much for joining the party, this is totally fabulous. Hugs, Marty


  30. i love this stuff
    I am a junk gypsy and I live in a newer split level house in Great Falls, Mt. I want my home to look like an older French country cottage. Any suggestions?


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