Greenhouse Cloche

Everywhere I look I'm seeing cloches. Although I can't make perfect cylindrical glass domes, I can approximate the idea with dollar stores frames. Check it out.

4 - 5x7" frames
2 - 4x6" frames
1/2" wood
carpenter's wood glue
mat board
2 wooden curtain rings
2 small round mirrors
white acrylic paint
brown shoe polish

hole punch
paint brush
hot glue gun

When I bought these frames at my local dollar store I stood in front of the frame aisle and tried different combinations until I found the right fit. This works because the 5x7 frames have thick wooden areas and the 4x6 ones have thin ones. You may find other combinations of sizes that work as well.

Strip out the frames.

Glue the larger frames together along the 7" sides, to form a cube.

Attach the 4x6 frames together along a very thin edge of the 6" sides. Attach the other 6" sides to the top of the cube. This will form the roof of the greenhouse.

Clamp with tape until the glue has dried and set up.

Fill the gap formed at the peak of the roof with a piece of 1/2" by 1/2" wood, the length of the roof. I cut my wooden filler out of a piece of 1/2 plywood but you might be able to find a piece of molding at your local lumber yard to fit. (since you are covering this, you could use styrofoam or several strips of foam core)

Fill the two triangles at the ends of the roof with mat board.

Cut a length of mat board the length of the roof and 2" wide. Use a penny to trace a series of scallops along one long side. Cut out. Punch a hole in the center of each scallop. Score a line one inch above the opposite long edge and fold. Carefully remove the center cardboard so that you have two paper wings. Glue over the wooden filler to form the gingerbread decoration on the roof peak.

Cut two thin strips of mat board to cover the gaps formed where the roof meets the cube.

I glued small round mirrors that I found at Michael's to the back of small wooden curtain rings then glued them to the center of the mat board triangles.

Cover a white pillar candle with a page from an old book, wrap with twine and hot glue a vintage game piece over the knot. Black paper butterflies (a Martha paper punch) are glued to the candle as well.

The cloche was painted with several coats of white acrylic paint inside and out. When dry, I rubbed brown shoe polish over the entire surface, buffing off for an antique look. Lastly, I replaced the glass then added a small dollop of hot glue at each corner to secure.

The cloche was placed over my altered candle and I welcomed the many oohs and aahs. (mainly from me)


Lorraine said...

Great idea. I'm headed to the $store today - my basket will be heavier now!

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

I love your ingenuity! You've done it again! This is beautiful!

CoppersLove said...

Really Beautiful! said...

Wow, that is WAY cool! Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

Rhonda said...

This is a great idea and excellent execution! Great job!

samsstuff said...

So sweet! Thanks for posting!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love this idea! I have a feeling we are going to see a run of these cute greenhouses all over blogland thanks to your great idea!!


cucicucicoo said...

**impressed!!** thanks for stopping by my blog! it's an honor for me! lisa

Denise Dale said...

Tis is AMAZING! I love your ideas and have used so many. Thank you for your talent!

Heather - said...

This is super cool! Love your ingenuity! I'm going to link from Dollar Store Crafts.

Sarah Lou said...

so perfectly utterly amazingly magically divine! Thank you!

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

What a creative idea. I love the little greenhouse! Amazing that you could see the frames fitting together like that. I'll bookmark this!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a great idea. I'll have to add this to my never ending list of projects to do. Thanks for the idea.

Treasia Stepp said...

What a fabulously creative idea! I love this. I might just have to give this a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

kim taylor - - - the sassy crafter said...

What a great idea! I absolutely adore what you did with those boring old frames.

Kristin K. said...

I just wanted to tell you thanks for this great idea! As soon as I saw it, I ran to the dollar store, and bought the supplies to make it! Its not sitting in my bedroom, showcasing a flower display! I love it!

Gail said...

Kristin -
Pictures please! It warms my heart to think that others are making things using my tutorials.

Kristin K. said...

I just happened to check back on this post, and I will email you a picture tomorrow morning! My mother in law is even asking for me to make her one, she liked it so much! :)

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Oinkk said...

i gotta go to the op shop now

Miss Australia said...

Im making one of these but mixing it up a bit to make a wishing well for my wedding, Thank you so much for your great idea!

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