Are you looking for ways to incorporate cloches into your decor? I’ve got some fun cloche decorating ideas that can easily be transformed for any season or occasion!
First of all, some of you may be wondering, “what is a cloche?” and why do I need cloche decorating ideas?
A cloche (“klōsh”) is a glass domed cover used to protect plants from frost. The word itself is actually French for “bell”, which makes sense given the shape!
Back in France, they used these as miniature greenhouses, and outdoor gardeners today may still use them to protect more fragile plants from the cold. But they have come to serve a wonderful purpose indoors as well – as a vessel for displaying beautiful seasonal vignettes or tablescapes.
Personally I love using cloche decorating ideas for Spring.
But they can be a great option for all four seasons, or special occasions all year round.
My friend, Jamie, over at So Much Better With Age has some wonderful seasonal ideas that you can check out, too!
My favorite style was her Crow and Bat Halloween Mantle! She simply hung black paper bats she cut out by a thread and taped the thread inside to the top of the cloche!
How CUTE is that???!
For Christmas, she added in some faux snow, bottle brush trees and tiny presents!!
When thinking about cloche decorating ideas for your home, there are a few basic types of cloches that are most common.
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Some can be purchased outright from places like Amazon or Michaels, but you can also find other non-traditional items that serve the same purpose and add beauty to your design without the price tag of buying new.
Thinking Outside the Box
- Cheese Domes can often be found while thrifting and work wonderfully as small cloches.
- Cake Stands are a lovely option that give a large work surface and give your display the natural benefit of some height. And as a bonus, they’re often sold at garage sales and thrift stores.
- Most any dish or vessel with a domed glass top can work!
And once you have a top selected, you also have your pick for bases!
- Oftentimes store bought cloches come with marble bases
- Some come with finished wooden bases
- You can use the table top itself – you don’t HAVE to have a base
- Or for a more rustic or natural look, you can even use the live edge wood slices that are popular now.
When you have your dome and your base selected, you’re ready to start the fun task of filling it up!
Thinking Inside the Dome
The beauty of decorating inside cloche domes is that you can highlight and elevate even very simple pieces.
- A potted plant, such as these faux FEJKA plants from my recent 40 Farmhouse Favorites from IKEA trip make a beautiful statement even on their own. (A quick tip when putting anything “full” inside a cloche – you want to avoid the branches and leaves looking squished against the sides of the dome. The best way to do that is to shove it WAY to the top, and then to let the sides pop back into place as you settle it back down to the base of the dome.)
- A printed picture or text stood up inside the dome. One I have used before was a sketch of a rabbit from google that I printed onto an old book page. (A tip for printing onto book pages is to tape the smaller book page onto a regular piece of printer paper before sending it through. The printer will be tricked into thinking that you’re printing on a regular size, and you can simply remove the tape once it’s done!) In that same example, I added a little crown that I had that reminds me of Easter.
- A teacup & saucer – Simple and elegant! A great way to display special pieces that might not often feel like “enough” on their own.
- Small birds nests – on their own or added in next to another item like a terra cotta pot
- Small book – sitting or standing opened with another item in between it’s pages.
- Small animal figurines (These can even be spray painted with a high gloss brown paint to be made to look like chocolate – like for Easter bunnies. You can learn more in my Easy Easter Terrariums post. Or spray painted grey with a texture to be made to look like cement statues from the garden.)
- Candles – look beautiful inside a cloche, but they do lose their function since the cloche cuts off their oxygen. And if you were to put a cloche over a burning candle – beware of the black soot that can form inside the dome!
- Pretty spools of ribbon – I received a beautiful one from Hearth and Hand from my daughter for Christmas, and it looks lovely with some length unwrapped and placed loosely on top.
Simple and Elegant Cloche Decorating Ideas like these come together quickly to make a unique and beautiful statement piece.
When I’m decorating with large cloches (like those that are store bought, or any glass dome that has quite a bit of height), I have found it is usually best to group two or items together, with varied heights. One item by itself can look a bit lacking – except in the cases where it really fills the space well, like a potted plant.
I also love being able to mix and match different elements! This can work within a specific season, or across seasons and occasions.
Cloches are an easy versatile way to add fresh style to your decor.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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