Chicken Wire Cloche Tutorial
What’s even more inspiring about today’s post is the fact that it comes with extra ideas as part of a Spring tablescape blog hop. You will get a chance to visit some lovely ladies and their creative ideas all week long! This February I was invited to visit the New York Headquarters for the website Hometalk (a great DIY site I frequently contribute to). While there I met Chloe from the blog Celebrate & Decorate, she invited me to join along with her fun tablescape party. Chloe was a bright light for me. I was really struggling at the time about this blog, Chloe was so excited and energized about what she is doing the feeling became contagious. The whole trip was an inspiring special time for me. It helped me realize how much I love sharing with you all and what a privilege it is to be a creative maker!
All the mush aside here are the decorating ideas you came for! Chicken wire was on my “must use soon” list and spring screams chicken wire! Being a lover of any and every cloche I thought a chicken wire cloche would be super fun. I’m not gonna lie, I have a love hate relationship with this project. I love the way it turned out, but working with the pokey wire just about did me in, at least until I figured out exactly what I was doing. Hopefully this tutorial will save you the scrapes and pokes I mustered through! Tip #1: use gloves!
Chicken wire is relatively inexpensive, I got this roll for around six dollars. You can find it at your local hardware store or I will add a link below for online. Using wire cutters cut a rectangle 16 holes wide by 5 (or 9 depending on how you count it) holes tall. See picture:
Roll the piece into a tube (short sides touching) overlapping the last row of holes on each side. The roll of wire comes wrapped in a long piece of straight wire, cut 1 1/2″ to 2″ pieces to bind your wire together. (if yours doesn’t come this way you will need a length of straight wire.)
Bind the overlap together with the small length of wire. Connect in three places. Close to the top, bottom and middle of the tube.
Gently bend the top until it forms a dome and the tips of the sides touch. You will need to play with it a little and bend the wire to get it just how you like it (see two pics back).
Chicken Wire Cloche Supply List
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Chicken Wire: I used 1 inch, 20 gauge wire on a roll that measured 2′ X 10′ (this could make 6-8 cloches depending on the size you make them)
I finished mine off by threading some ripped fabric through the holes around the top and tying a bow. It would be really cute with a wooden ball glued on top or maybe even a pom pom.
For the bird’s nest I started with mismatched glasses I snagged at a thrift store for a quarter each. Next get your old newspaper out and cut it into thin strips. Gently wrap a handful of newspaper strips around your hand in a circle and softly place in the cup.
Then I stained some wooden eggs from a craft store, they were three for $1. Arrange your egg in the middle and cover with your chicken wire cloche. You could make one for decorating or eight for a pretty tablescape.
For my centerpiece I went with my old faithful…greenery from the yard. Beautiful, in season and FREE! Three small bud vases hold a few snips of boxwood, pushed together they look grand. I surrounded them with hen eggs that have had the yolks blown out. You can see the rest of my spring décor here and here.
It doesn’t take much to bring a fun table together, use what you have and add one new thing this year to change it up a little. Hopefully these projects will spark a new idea for you. Be sure to head over and see more inspiration from my friends below. Check back all week as new ideas are rolled out every day. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
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