DIY Junky Chicken Wire Cloche

11-Chicken Wire Cloche 022Have you ever been casually browsing through second-hand stores when you come across random items that, when grouped together, cause you to become over-the-top excited, as you realize in a “light bulb moment” just what they are destined to become?!   The kind of excitement that causes you rush home and get right to work on that project in spite of all the other things around the house that are calling out for attention?  That’s EXACTLY what happened on my last junkin’ trip when I came across the fabulous items I used to make these Junky Chicken Wire Cloches.1-Fun junk from The Second Hand Rose 004 (2)The last time I paid a visit to The Second Hand Rose store owner Terry took me behind the locked gate into his back yard of  broken and not so nice items.  I couldn’t believe my great fortune!  Here are just a few of the things I came home with that day.  An acorn knob, an old faucet handle, two silver plated stands and a couple of pocket watches for Mr. OTN (these will not be a part of this junky project but I do see them in a future vignette).

2-Chicken Wire Cloche 004Add to these items a roll of chicken wire that was bouncing around in my garage (the remains of my Chicken Wire Message Board),

04-Chicken Wire Cloche 004some decorative metal sheets (the remains of another project I haven’t yet posted about),

05-Chicken Wire Cloche 005 and a can of Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, also on hand in my garage. 

All  of these items together cried out, “Junky Chicken Wire Cloche!”  If you’re like me you get that, right?  So here is the “how to” for making one of your own:

WARNING:  Making a chicken wire cloche is simple but it can also be dangerous.  I’d advise wearing gloves to avoid injury.  That said, I didn’t wear gloves myself because I like to work au naturel so I can get the whole experience . . . OR . . . I was in too much of a hurry to go find the silly gloves!

3-Chicken Wire Cloche 005Once you’ve measured the diameter of your base make your piece of chicken wire just a little bit smaller to fit inside the base, then crimp the edges of the wire over to hold the shape (acrylic nails are a great tool for this step).  Snip off any excess with wire cutters.

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When all the ends of the wire are secured you’ll end up with a really tall tube of chicken wire.  Once you decide how tall you’d like your cloche to be you’ll start scrunching the wire together at that point.  It is helpful to have a big pair of pliers to aid in the scrunching.  When completely scrunched (fun word) cut your chicken wire with a sharp pair of wire cutters.  You can see that this piece of wire actually made two cloches.

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Next, you can add any kind of top you’d like . . . a doorknob, a cabinet pull, an old piece of jewelry, etc.   I attached the cloche topper I used here by using my pliers to scrunch the chicken wire around it.  It held pretty tight just as it was but I added a piece of flexible wire to secure it fully.

08-Chicken Wire Cloche 016This is the acorn topper . . .

10-Chicken Wire Cloche 020. . . and this is the old faucet topper.

After attaching the decorative tops I taped them off and sprayed the chicken wire with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  I also cut a circle out of the decorative metal to make a “floor” for the cloche and spray painted that at the same time. 

That’s pretty much it.  Fill your cloche with some fun things from around the house and there you have it.

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7-Chicken wire cloches 012I must admit I am a bit smitten with cloches.  I have one on my coffee table that I change with the seasons, and I did a whole post on Christmas Cloches last year. If you’d like you can view that HERE. Do you use cloches in your home decor?  What do you like to fill them with?  Hmmm . . . perhaps the pocket watches I found on this junking trip will be a part of my New Year’s display.  Happy clocheing to you!


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  1. Nancy B. says

    Love your fabulous cloche’s! They don’t look like junk to me :) Such a clever mix of different materials to make such a statement .. that changes with the seasons! Love it.

  2. says

    Love them! I have been thinking about making some, but the chicken wire can be dangerous :)
    Will do this week. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. says

    You’re so creative, I never would have thought of this. I love how you added those decorative toppers with the acorn and the handle. No, I have never used a cloche before, but I might have to if I find one junkin, or make one now that you’ve shown me how! Thanks so much for sharing this at my We Call It Olde Link-Up today. Hope to see you there again! –Dawn @ We Call It

  4. says

    Love how yours turned out. I made these a few months ago and was surprised at how easy it all came together. I just couldn’t figure out how to add the knob. Thanks for the idea…very beautiful!

  5. says

    I’m so impressed with how you made the chicken wire not only so perfect, but the items used in the whole projects. You had me at perfection!

  6. JaneEllen says

    Oh boy am I loving your cloches, especially the awesome toppers. Love that you used old stuff and made it seem so special. I’ve got to get some of that metal screening or whatever it’s called you used for the bottoms. So awesome, I just love your home made cloches. I’m nuts about wire anyway and cloches so your post really got my attention.
    I use cloches quite often, Try to find a way in all my arrangement no matter what room they’re in. Recently I got two of the smaller cheese plate glass covers for $1 each, you can believe I grabbed those babies in a heart beat. I have a bigger one that’s more for a cake I guess. I can see my glass cloches with that metallic screening as a base, awesome. I love getting such great ideas from all the blogs I am lucky to visit. It’s just too much fun. I can hardly sleep with all the inspiration out there. What a great life.

  7. JaneEllen says

    I also made a couple glass cloches with a thrift shop hurricane container turned upside down and another was part of a lamp. I got a really pretty glass knob at HL to put in the top hole, glued it in with E6000 and hubs cut the screw off. Loving those two a lot. On the hurricane I had a small glass like fancy dish I glued on the pedestal then another glass knob. Thank heavens for HL’s 1/2 off knobs. I love my cloches.

  8. says

    Love the way you made yours! This makes sense! Did you twist the middle of the long tube and then cut where it was all scrunched together to make two cloches? That’s what it looks like and seems simpler than trying to round out the top of a single cloche! Thank you for sharing…coming from “so much better with age”-new follower too! -aimee @ refreshrenew

    • says

      Aimee – I didn’t twist it but just scrunched it together with my pliers. I did cut it at that point to make a second cloche though. And yes, much simpler this way. So glad to have you as a new follower. Thank you and blessings to you, Patti

    • Deb says

      I was wondering about that step also of scrunching and cutting. Thanks for asking my question Aimee and thanks Patti for your answer! Cool idea – I love the idea of making my own cloche!

  9. says

    These are the coolest cloches ever! You are so brilliant, I can’t wait to try this! I don’t have pretty acrylic nails though, :( Thanks for the great tut!

  10. FABBY says

    Oh wow, this wire cloches are amazing! You are so clever and talented…I don’t think mine would ever come out as fabulous as yours…no wonder your wire cloches are featured in every party, lol! Thanks for sharing sweet lady. Hugs,

  11. says

    Hello Patti,
    I know you were excited to find these things – you’ve done an amazing job creating these cloches – I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday.

  12. says

    Thank you for posting this! I have a couple of old silverplate caterer type bases that I wasn’t sure what to do with. They will make perfect displays for my upcoming show! Thanks! — Pauline

  13. says

    So cute!!! I really would love to try my hand at something like this. I am in love with these cloches. I bet you had fun making them too. Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors. Featuring tomorrow! Party starts at 2:00 PST.

  14. says

    How creative can one be? Oh my goodness! I consider myself somewhat creative but to construct a cloche from chicken wire…really? This is absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Teddee Grace says

    These look fantastic but you lost me after you made the one long tube and then scrunched. It looks like a hour glass Did you actually make two cloches and cut the apart at that point?

  16. says

    Patti, your cloches are just over the top gorgeous! That old faucet handle? ….. GENIUS!!!!
    They are fabulous, I pin in my “Gotta Do That” book. Love it

  17. says

    I have been looking at a lot of instructions for chicken wire cloches, and what I love about yours is, you ended up making two at once, and, instead of cutting the top and wiring a bunch of it together to fit the glass shape you had it on, you crushed it…..much easier….have not tried it yet, but looking for my chicken wire to do it.

    thanks and blessings


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