Thursday, October 6, 2016

How to Create a Cloche with Old Junk

Is it really October already? Anyone else having a hard time adjusting to these shorter days? This is actually my favorite time of the year, but this year seems to be crazier than normal. I've been busy preparing for my vintage show this weekend, and I've also been putting in a lot of time and effort toward our decluttering/downsizing goal.

When I posted about the first round of our decluttering process a few weeks ago, I showed a picture of some dishes and a large glass vase in a basket. I had second thoughts about donating or selling the vase when I discovered it might just make a cool cloche if I could find the right base.

create a unique cloche with a vintage floor lamp base and a large glass vase
Score! I found the perfect base right in my own cluttered garage. I actually found three of them once
 I started digging, but this one was just the right size.

How to create a unique cloche from miscellaneous vintage parts.
The main ingredients: A heavy and chippy old floor lamp base, large glass vase, glass drawer knob, and a tarnished silver plate.

Turn a heavy vintage floor lamp base into a base for a cloche.
The rim of the vase is a perfect fit between the on/off switch and the decorative ledge.

Use a vintage glass drawer knob as a cloche topper.
To make the top look more cloche-like, I attached a vintage glass drawer knob with a dab of E6000 glue. 

Vintage lamp parts picture holder displayed in a unique cloche.
I printed out a cute vintage-inspired postcard from The Graphics Fairy to use in one of my magnetic card holders. After Halloween, it will be so simple to just change out the card for Thanksgiving. Better yet, I think I'll fill the cloche with baby pumpkins and gourds!

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  1. This is so cute, Betsy. Now I am looking at my vases in a different light :) Good luck with your show! x Karen

  2. Beautiful serendipity! It must be hard to downsize when these cool things are your stash. I'm sooo glad you kept the vase!

  3. So clever, Betsy...the knob just makes it perfect! Beautiful!

  4. You've started so many wonderful junk marriages over the years, Betsy. This beautiful cloche is another one. You are the queen of junk matchmakers. :)
    I hope you'll have a successful show and some fun on the weekend.
    xo Julia

  5. So creative as always Betsy. Love that old lamp base. That is pretty awesome.

  6. You rocked that one! And it looks wonderful with your sweet girly witch within!

  7. Too cute and the knob on top is really perfect!

  8. Too cute and the knob on top is really perfect!

  9. So fun and cute!! Love all your creations Betsy! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo Holly

  10. Betsy, I am SO glad your de-cluttering doesn't include your "rich stuff" because it is destined to be trash to treasure in your creative hands!

  11. I had the base of a glass cake stand break off - come unglued. Rather than throw it away, I use it as a base for my cloche and it looks like I bought it that way.


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