Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Etceteras: diy bell or cloche jars


Bell jars or cloche jars are all the rage these days. They adorn mantles, counters and knick knack shelves.
Photo courtesy of Art and Artifact


Photo courtesy of the Company Shed

Did you know that “cloche” is the French word for “bell”? Cloche jars were originally hand-blown jars used to protect plants from cold and frost.


Decorating with some cloche jars has been on my list but I haven’t run across any to purchase so I decided to make some of my own.

I found these votives at the dollar store. I also found these flat glass marbles.

I glued two marbles together (flat sides together) and then glued them to the bottom of the votive. Turned upside down and the votive becomes a cloche jar. I don’t have a lot of experience gluing glass objects but I used Beacon 527 Multi-Use Glue and it dried crystal clear and seems to be holding nicely.

Now the fun part…deciding what to display in your cloche jar. Here are some ideas that I came up with.

 
 A woodland floral arrangement

 A single beautiful flower

 Succulents

A precious photo

 A collection of sea shells


Vintage objects

I’m so happy with how these turned out, I’m heading back to the dollar store to get some more votives.




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45 comments:

  1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for your comment. I have just linked up for the first time with you with a different dragonfly project. I hope you can come over ubersavvy.blogspot again soon, or follow along for regular projects :)

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  2. Wow, these turned out great! You are so creative!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  3. U r inventive... I guess I know what to use my hurricane candle votives for.

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  4. what a GREAT idea! I have some jars in the attic-glass marbles in the drawer! This would also keep things out of reach of kitty paws! ; ) thanks for sharing! Blessings, Sharon

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  5. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at 733. I'll have to grab one of these next trip to the Dollar Tree!

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  6. this is such a superb idea just loved it

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  7. Funny, I was just thinking of doing the same thing the other day but hadn't tried it yet! Looks great, domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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  8. Genius!! I love it!
    May I feature this in my Darling Day soon?
    Thanks!

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  9. This is wonderfully simple, but beautiful. I love things with glass of all sorts, thank you for sharing. I did go vote for you. I love your page, I hope to remember to come back often, I found you on twitter this morning from a tweet and thought this was an intriguing idea.

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  10. What a great idea. I love these.

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  11. Great idea, I love when craft projects are both simple and beautiful :)

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  12. So clever & pretty! I have some of those flat marbles. Recently scraped them off a pencil holder. I see a new purpose for them. Thanks for sharing!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  13. I think you have such a beautiful design and aesthetic-- I was drawn to the photo of your cloche (brilliant project by the way) from a link party, and then so drawn into your site by your header, etc. Well done!

    Warmly
    Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

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  14. PS I cast my Babble vote! Good luck!

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  15. :o

    U deserve a Nobel Prize for this one- cuz it's genius!!!! Thank you ;) me+dollar store tonight+ no kids= new deco's for my living room!!
    Thank you thank you thank you!

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  16. carolyn this is one of the best ideas i have EVER seen... seriously! I love it. I bet E-6000 would work too for glue. great work! great idea! i'm going to try this one!!!!

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  17. HI Carolyn-

    I love this project and have linked it to a DIY page on my site with credit back to you. I love seeing ideas like this. You are so clever.
    My best- Diane

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  18. What a great idea. I had never thought about doing that before. I think I have all of those things already in my stash here at home. even if I don't I'll be heading to my local Dollar Store and purchasing the items.

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  19. Brilliant! I never seem to find these when I'm out thrifting so now I can just make my own! Thanks for showing us how.

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  20. brilliant! putting on my list - would be great teacher gifts next year.

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  21. Great idea! Gonna keep my eye out for some glass jars that might do the trick. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Michael
    bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

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  22. I haven't been able to find a cloche either, so this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Your blog is so adorable!!!! I am definitely going to be following you!! If you would like to check out my blog also I would LOVE that!! And follow me too!! I am excited to share new ideas on recipes and about mineral make-up!! And giving away free giveaways on make-up! So look out for it...
    -Brooke
    For-The-Luv-Of.blogspot.com

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  24. excellent idea - so simple, so effective.

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  25. I love it when people look at something mundane like a cheapo piece of glass from the dollar store and turn it into something incredible! Thanks for the idea!

    Cheers,

    Heather from http://fakeitfrugal.blogspot.com/

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  26. These are beautiful! I love your project, nice job!
    Susan

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  27. Great idea, and I can't wait to try it out myself with my wonderful thrift store finds.
    Cana
    http://lavendardragonfly.blogspot.com/

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  28. That is a genius idea! They look so expensive.

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  29. These are fabulous! I love them! What a great idea! I'd love it if you'd like to link them up to my Wednesday blog party {re}create into something new...its still going on so stop on by!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

    PS I'm your newest follower (love your stuff!)

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  30. This is an incredible & clever idea. Now I'll be adding flat glass marbles to the bottoms of everything......lol! I just pinned this idea, so thank you for sharing. I'm a new follower, here for your blog & on Pinterest!
    CAS

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  31. You are so clever, what a fantastic and inexpensive idea to make your own cloche jars. I've priced cloche/bell jars and they sure are out of my price range/budget. Thank God for $ stores huh? I hope I can find some votives that are big enough to use. I'll be haunting $tree, Family $ and pretty soon we'll have a $ general. Oooooh, can hardly wait to go $ store shopping. I already hae some of those gorgeous flat glass "marbles?". Got them at $tree. You sure have inspired me.

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  32. I've been wracking my brain trying to think of what to put on top of the glass jar/ votive/ drinking glass to enable it to be a cloche!!! Flat glass marbles..........you are brilliant...thank you.

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  33. i want to make my own Jewelry Cloche, I wanted the one from pottery barn but to expensive and sold out lol.

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  34. this is one of my fav projects ever!

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  35. Oh my word, how absolutely run and creative is this. I love this idea. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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