Looking for a cloche for your home in Farmhouse style? Let me show you how I made a budget friendly chicken wire cloche in an hour.
Do you agree that anything looks better under a cloche? Well I think so, that’s why I can never have enough cloches in my home.
Today I want to show you a very budget friendly alternative to a store-bought glass dome. The large and tall glass cloches are hard to find and don’t come cheaply. That’s why I made a homemade cloche out of chicken wire. It was a fast and easy project, and very friendly on the pocket book too.
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Supplies for making a chicken wire cloche
You will need:
- Chicken wire
- Work gloves
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Baling wire
- A large vase, bottle or something round to use as a guide
I used a bit of leftover chicken wire I had in the shed. But a role of chicken wire isn’t expensive and you can use it for a whole lot of projects.
How to make a chicken wire cloche
Five easy steps to make your own wire cloche
- Get chicken wire
Buy or barter a piece of chicken wire. You don’t need much. A sheet of 2 feet is probably enough.
- Put on your gloves
No seriously. This is an important step: put on work gloves! The cut edges of the chicken wire are sharp and you will need some protection.
- Use the wire cutters to cut your sheet of chicken wire
I used a vase to use as a guide for the shape and size of the chicken wire. Cut your chicken wire into a sheet. Make sure that the cut edge has little endings sticking out. These will come in handy in the next step
- Make a tube of chicken wire
Using your large vase, or bottle roll the chicken wire into a tube. The needle nose pliers will help you to bend the endings from step 3 around the other edge. You will now have a tube of chicken wire that can stand on its own.
- Shape the dome
The finished edge of your tube becomes the bottom.
Use the needle pliers to bend to top of your tube inwards. Cut away excess bits of wire with your cutters. Bend the endings around each other until you get a nice dome shape.
It sounds more complicated than it is, because it is really self-evident as you go along.
Because I am always into white, I lightly spray painted my chloche white. But I can imagine it looking good in black too. Or using rusted wire for a junk-style look.
How to use your chicken wire cloche
As you can see I used my wire cloche over some blooming daffodil bulbs. I think the rustic nature of the chicken wire works very well with the delicateness of Spring blooms. Placing a cloche like this over live flowers and plants is ideal, because the open structure of the wire allows them to breath, where a real glass dome would suffocate them.
Of course a cloche like this works great in a junk-style decoration. Place it on a rustic round platter and put a vintage object underneath.
A cloche is also great to group small items together and make them look less cluttered and more like a purposeful collection. Especially when your items are taller and of variating height, they will look stunning under a cloche like this.
And finally a wire cloche is ideal to place over a candle stick or a grouping of candles. If careful you could even burn a small votive candle underneath. It will get plenty of oxygen and the wire won’t burn.
I hope I have convinced you how easy and fun it is to make a chicken wire cloche yourself and how useful it will prove to be in your decorating. Have fun and craft away friends!
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