DIY Chicken Wire Cloche

By the last day of our counter project, I was in the mood. The project mood. I could feel this one drawing to a close and I know that there is a lot to do coming up and I just couldn’t sit still. We had to wait 4 hours between the last coats on the counter, and even though we ate dinner and watched a movie, I was still impatient.

We are working on the backsplash now and so the new counters are covered, or else I would have posted about that. Soon! :) They look fab.

Anywho, I was just burning time on Pinterest and saw that someone made a cloche out of chicken wire. I read the tutorial and thought, hey, I have chicken wire. I LOVE cloches. And that’s kinda a spring-related décor thing. Let’s do this. Now.

And I did.

I ran out to the garage and grabbed what I needed:

  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Wire (I actually used picture hanging-wire but baling was recommended)

My camera memory card is M.I.A. so I don’t have the step-by-step photos anymore. :( Check out this tutorial I used from Thistlewood Farms (complete with step-by-step photos).

I grabbed a smaller glass cloche and used it to guide how large of a piece to cut out- I wanted it larger and specifically taller than the glass one. I cut it out the chicken wire with my wire cutters.

Then I left the finished edge at the bottom and wrapped the piece to form a tube, twisting the unfinished wire edges together, using the pliers as needed (needle nose would be easier but I had these on hand and was just too excited to run BACK out to the garage. Sheesh.)

photo 2 (71)photo 4 (52)I left a few of the hexagons un-done toward the top and started forming them together to make a rounded top. I cut off a section that would be overlapping, and tried my best to twist any unfinished wires together. But really, it’s wire and I figured it wouldn’t move much once it’s bended in the shape I wanted.

photo 4 (53)photo 3 (62)I used my picture-hanging wire to make a handle by cutting a length, forming it into a circle, and wrapping more wire around it.

I left a little tail and used it to attach to the top of my cloche. That way I can pick it up by the handle and not smoosh it.

photo 3 (61)And that was it. Took me all of about 20 minutes and didn’t cost a dime.

photo 3 (63) photo 1 (71)

And it’s the perfect addition to my spring mantel.

photo 4 (51)Pretty awesome, right?

photo 5 (47)What do you think? Are you in love with cloches like I am? If you are looking for a cheap spring-themed project just in time for Easter, this is it!

Are you doing any cheap, free, or fun projects lately? Are you decorating for spring or Easter? I would love to hear about it!

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