December 5, 2013

Tips for Styling Christmas Cloches


Welcome back!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I know I did.  Speaking of friends, I want to say welcome to all of my newest followers!  It's great to have you join us here at Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}.  I'm so glad you're here!

Now I want to share with you a really easy way to add some Christmas cheer pretty much anywhere in your home.  Remember in my last post where I mentioned that I was obsessed with cloches filled with sparkling Christmas balls like these?


Well, there are many ways you can decorate with cloches and glass containers.

I started with this one tiny cloche. 
 
And it kind of snowballed from there.
 
Do. Not. Judge.

Mmkay?

WHAT TO USE AS FILLERS

For starters, one great and easily-acquired cloche filler around Christmas time is any type of natural elements you can gather up. 
 

Here I chose pine cones and evergreen cuttings from our property, but you can also use mossy items, twigs, shells, coral and any other natural elements you can think of for more of a rustic holiday look.  This cloche was one of my favorite Goodwill finds to date: $6.99 for a Smith & Hawken $35.00 garden cloche.  Score.

Vintage plays a big part in my holidays (surprise, I know, right?).  And here's a fine example of that.


I already shared some of my other Target vintage-style pick-up truck ornaments with you here.  But I had to add another one to this very delicate cloche on a pedestal.  It's one of my favorite cloches. I got it at the Kane County Flea Market a few years ago.  Any small, vintage Christmas decorations can be displayed in a cloche like this.

Staying in line with the vintage look, I filled this one with vintage glass ornaments I inherited from my mom, along with some others I've picked up at flea markets over the years.


I know this one's technically not a cloche, per se, but it's pretty darn close so I've included it in my collection.  It's from Pottery Barn.  I actually won it in a blog giveaway you can read about here.  I placed the ornaments on a bed of faux snow to protect them from any unwanted jostling.

And finally, here's a tiny cloche I really love.  It's normally home to one of my ceramic owls that you can read about here.


WHERE TO BUY THEM

Now that you know what you can put in the cloches, you're probably wondering where I get all my cloches.


Again, no surprise there.  And as I mentioned above, the $6.99 Smith & Hawken cloche I recently scored at Goodwill is one of my all-time favorite scores to date.  Depending on where you live, Goodwill may or may not be a great place for you.  Just make sure you shop early and often, since there's a big turnover of merchandise at these stores.  Also, keep an eye out at any of your local thrift shops and flea markets.  If you see one, don't hesitate, just grab it because they don't last for long!
 
HOW TO FILL THEM
 
Okay, this may seem like a no-brainer to some people, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.  To fill a cloche with something like ball ornaments, just turn the cloche upside down and fill it from the top down.  Once you have it filled just the way you want it, place the plate or pedestal over the bottom opening and gently flip the cloche right-side up.  Voila.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I might even have more cloches (remember, no judging) but a girl's gotta stop somewhere. All in all I guess I filled enough cloches for one Christmas holiday, don't you think?
 
So what do you put in your cloches?
 
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12 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Those are all just gorgeous! But my FAVORITE is the cloche that is not a cloche! Have a great evening- xo Diana

Laura Madalene said...

What a beautiful site and the post is fantastic. I liked your post and will regular visit you blog. Interior design ideas

CathyMik said...

Great article! Having no imagination I've been staring at my collection of cloches and non-cloches trying to decide what to do. Now my brain is swirling with idea thanks to you. I'm with the other commenter - my favourite is the non-cloche.
Have a great holiday and new year!
Cathy

Kelly_Deal said...

Thanks for the tips Kathleen! My favorite is the cloche with the little truck! So cute!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

These are all great! I made one up last year and haven't decided how to do it this year...perhaps you've inspired me now! Love the little truck!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - Very Pretty! You really did good!
I still have not been to T. to ck. on the trucks. To cold and everything frozen over today. :/
Have a great weekend.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What fabulous ideas for Christmas cloches! I love your Target truck! What a great find on the Smith & Hawken cloche! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

Gail Wilson said...

Great tips! I never find cloches so cheap. :)

catching you!
gail

must love junk said...

My favorite is with the little truck-so cute!!
Susan

Princess Aletha said...

I'm going to try some of these ideas in various bowls and jars and such.

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

This looks great!
Sherry

Keri said...

I just scored a HUGE cloche at our local thrift store-$5.99 and it's from Crate & Barrel!! Go me!!!

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