This week we created this whimsical Christmas cloche. This project was so fun to do, if you want to check out my live HERE I start the project around the 14 min mark. I have had this gorgeous old candlestick holder for years, seriously! It has moved from one place to another, one house to another, and so on for years, but I knew it would be perfect for a project, I just wasn’t sure which until now. Funny how you know something is going to come in handy but you have no idea when or how until BAM it’s purpose just jumps in front of you.
Let’s start creating this Christmas cloche together!
- Black Acrylic Enamel Paint (Get it HERE)
- White Acrylic Enamel Paint (Get it HERE)
- Glass Dome ( You can find these at thrift stores or get one HERE)
- Wood U Bend Trim TR714 (Get it HERE)
- Snow Blanket (Get it HERE)
- Tree (Get it HERE)
- Liquid Gold paint (Get it HERE)
- Wood Charger Plate (Get it HERE)
- Dark Wax (Get it HERE)
- Heat Gun (Get it HERE)
- Elmers Wood Glue Max (Get it HERE)
- E6000 glue
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Paint Brushes (I used a flat for my stripes, A fine tipped for the gold lines and a wax brush)
- Cloth or paper towel
- Candle Stick Holder (A thicker chunky base one will work best)
- Feature Statue/ Decoration. I couldn’t find the link for the exact snowmen statue but any Santa or Snowman will work or any other decorative thing you choose as long as it fits!
- Wooden bead
First take your White Acrylic Enamel Paint (Get it HERE) and paint the outside edges of the Wood Charger Plate (Get it HERE). there is no need to paint the center as the faux snow will cover that. Either Set aside to allow it to dry or speed up the process with your heat gun.
Next you will heat up your Wood U Bend Trim TR714 (Get it HERE) to get it pliable. Then measure the Wood U Bend around the base of your glass dome. Once you get the desired length simply trim, then reheat the Wood U bend to flatten it out. Take your white enamel paint and paint your Wood U Bend then set aside to allow it to dry.
Next take your now dry charger plate and measure out how many lines you will need with pencil, this will keep it looking nice and tidy. Take your flat brush and your Black enamel paint (Get it HERE) and paint your stripes on going over the edges. Dry with your heat gun or set aside to dry.
Take your previously dried wood you bend and use the Liquid Gold paint (Get it HERE) let dry. Next heat your Wood U Bend to make it pliable, then apply Elmers Wood Glue Max (Get it HERE). Following that you will apply it along the base of your glass dome and use your heat gun to help the glue set quickly.
I wanted my Candle holder to have a similar shine as the gold accenting on my cloche, so using liquid gold again I painted the candle holder.
Next take your dark wax and go over the tray, for an aging effect. Wipe away the excess.
Taking your fine tipped brush, use your liquid gold paint to follow along the outer edges of the black lines. Let dry or use your heat gun to speed up the process.
Once your tray is dry take your candle holder and center it on the back of your tray, take a pencil and make the center. Using E6000 glue, adhere your candlestick to the plate pressing firmly
Continuing on, grab your Snow Blanket (Get it HERE) and trim a size that will fit in your cloche (I used my dome as a cutting guide). Take your hot glue gun and glue the faux snow to your charger plate.
Here is where it gets really fun decorate the inside of your cloche however you would like, as long as it fits under your dome your good to go! I used this Tree and these snowmen. Once I found a good placement for them I simply hot glued them down.
Taking the top of the dome paint on black lines over the white base you have already done. Next take your wooden bead and paint it with the liquid gold then glue it to the top. Let dry then, add your dark wax and wipe away the excess. Take your fine pointed brush and outline your black lines with your liquid gold, as well as the base of the top knob.
Need bling? Add some sparkle to your cloche to make it all the more magical. This was such a fun project to create, I hope you have as much fun as I did. I would love to see your cloche creations!
Your Sparkly Friend, Kathy