What is a cloche??? It’s a glass dome used to cover and protect various items. They were also used to cover and protect young plants from the cold until they were big enough to weather the elements on their own. Nowadays we mostly use them for decorative purposes. REAL cloches are very expensive and hard to find. I’ve come up with some ‘make-do’ cloches using Dollar Tree and thrift store findings.
The ceramic finials I used for the handles on the above two cloches came from Dollar Tree earlier this year. I painted them antique white (regular craft paints) and added Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze to enhance the detail. The cloche part (inverted glass vases!) on the right came from DT; the one on the left, thrift store. The stone gargoyles and bust also came from DT.
Just about ANY glass vase that will stand on it’s own when inverted can be made into a cloche. Look for a size that will allow you to place something underneath the dome. A flat bottom is a PLUS, as it’s easier to add the handle to a flat surface. I use e6000 to glue my ‘handles’ on. Just about anything can be used as a handle too. I’ve done several using ceramic birds; and placed a little nest under the dome. Regular old knobs work too!
Ceramic DT birds I’ve used for cloche knobs.
The ceramic finials from DT, as purchased and before I painted them.
Ceramic DT bird glued to domed cloche. Little vintage juice glass and bowl glued together to make the base.
Add a little Spanish moss (from DT!) and a little egg for the finishing touch. Where do I get the little eggs? Because I use a LOT of them, I stock up around Easter time and buy multiple packages of little colored wood or plastic eggs. Then I paint them white or Robin’s egg blue. IF you only need a few eggs, you can buy small packages of them at a regular craft store; OR make your own using fimo clay.
More birds on assorted thrift store cloches. These particular birds are from a year or so ago, and no longer available. I bought as many as I could find when I saw them, so I had lots on hand for future projects!
Plan B for the birds to use as handles. Once I could no longer find the white ceramic birds I’d been using for the handles; these colorful resin birds appeared on the shelves at DT. A quick dose of some black spray paint and some sponged on antique white paint, and they were a perfectly fine substitute for the other birds!
AND I used them to make some pedestal birds with too!
Assorted vintage pieces used for bases. Glued together with e6000.
And I always sell a LOT of them. It’s ‘one of those things’ that I am ALWAYS on the lookout for!
Another GREAT dollar store crafter for you to check out!
I JUST stumbled upon this blog and haven’t looked at the whole thing yet. But from what I’ve seen so far, this could well be my ‘twin separated at birth’! Lots of ‘old book pages’ ideas AND Dollar Store supply crafts.
Check it out!
Grabbed up a few of these scrap paper clip on birds recently. Not sure HOW I will use them just yet. But I’ve learned to ‘buy it when I see it’ when it comes to shopping at DT. A lot of the seasonal and specialty items arrive in limited quantities, and sell out FAST!
I’m actually considering deconstruction one of the birds to make a template so I can make my own, in colors that I like! (but of course I can always spray paint them too!) We’ll see how ambitious I really am when the time comes! Or what other inspiration strikes in the meantime.
The point is, if you see something at DT that ‘strikes your fancy’, but you don’t have any immediate ‘light bulb’ moments of what to do with it, BUY IT ANYHOW!!! the inspiration WILL come. But the stuff might be gone if you wait to buy it!
“I never see stuff like that on MY Dollar Tree!” I get that comment a LOT. You really have to HUNT in the right places, AND hunt OFTEN to get your hands on the really unique stuff. I always look in the seasonal section, of course. The wedding section; which is where I recently found these SQUARE paper doilies. Paper doilies are a basic paper crafting supply so you can always use them for something! And the square shape is quite unique! I always check out the ‘favor containers’ in the wedding section too, and keep a stash on hand for little gifts (filled with candy!) for friends.
Found these gusseted cello bags in the party supply section. Always need cello bags for packaging up smalls to sell at Stars and the shows! The regular craft stores carry the cello bags too, just cost more!
I always check the dishes section too. Nice jars and containers are to be frequently found there!
Make it a habit to stop by your local Dollar Tree every chance you get. Gas is too expensive to make a special trip, but plan your errands as often as you can to include a quick stop at your Dollar Tree, and you’ll start finding some of the same great stuff I do. And as you ponder what to purchase, just ask yourself. “WWAJD?” What would aj do with this!?
Got several of these gold glitter stars at DT BEFORE I decided that my ‘color of the year’ was going to be that ‘different’ shade of gold’ .
Folded paper rosette, made from vintage sheet music. Simply fan fold your paper and glue ends together to form a cylinder.
Flatten out the cylinder to make the rosette shape; then glue on a card board backing. I cover MOST of the cardboard backing with tacky glue, then add a few strategic dots of HOT GLUE to hold the cardboard in place while the tacky glue dries. I also stack a book on top while it dries.
Hot glue the star in place on the front of the paper rosette.
Fold up some gold chenille stems to add a little ‘oomph’! I made five of them, one for each inset on the star.
Hot glue the chenille stems into place.
I pride myself on creating things using ‘unlikely’ or unusual supplies. Innovative AND inexpensive ideas. It’s what I do every day. But THIS is truly one of my MOST innovative creations!
These glittered witch hats are for display only; about 1/2 the size of a ‘wearable’ one. Pretty cute with the ‘eyelash’ yarn trim around the rim, eh?
I had seen some cute, slightly bigger (but still not FULL size) paper mache witch hats in another booth at Stars last time I was in. I wanted one!!! But $28.00 was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my budget. And these weren’t even glittered!?!
So off I went to my favorite store, in search of ‘something’ that I could use to inexpensively creat some little witch hats out of. Here’s what I bought:
Have you ‘caught’ my vision yet???
How about now??
Okay . . . .NOW it’s starting to look like a witch hat! I was in a hurry, so I spray painted mine. The shiney surface of the hats would have required a sealer before I could use regular craft paint on them; so spray paint was faster and easier. (and probably CHEAPER since I buy the cheapo .99 a can flat black paint at Home Depot!) NOW it’s looking like a little witch hat!
On this first one, I decorated it with some wire edged ribbon I had picked up at Dollar Tree. Not necessarily and EPIC fail, but certainly not the “WOW!” that I was hoping to achieve.
So the next day I dug out my glitter and found some eyelash yarn and VOILA!!
These little hats will be sold in my space at Stars.