How To Make DIY Glass Cloches In Two Easy Steps

Do you love decorating with decor displayed under glass? If so, then you'll probably appreciate this simple and budget-friendly idea. Today I'm sharing how to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps. Made with glass domes or dollar store glass cylinders and furniture knobs!



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

DIY Glass Cloches With Furniture Knobs

Now that they have handles, the handmade cloches are used all the time, especially for seasonal decor. For Spring, I grouped them together on a coffee table tray displayed with Easter decor.



You'll notice that I didn't use the same cabinet knobs for all three cloches. Mismatched knobs unified by color, texture, or style add visual interest.



Like us, you may already have the perfect vessels for making these collecting dust in your china cabinet. We've had a trio of glass domes in assorted sizes for over three decades. Sadly, not once have they seen the light of day.



Why? Because they were awkward to use without a handle. Such a shame considering they took mere minutes to turn into useful cloches.



On the tallest glass dome, I added a pretty mercury glass knob. This one is my favorite, despite it being a little off-center. We'll address how to avoid that oops further down in the post.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

I used a glass cabinet knob with an octagon shape on the medium size cloche.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

The smallest cloche has a round prism glass knob. Despite being different, all three knobs are unified by the fact that they are glass.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

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What You'll Need To Make Them

Supply List



Pictured below is the trio of glass domes used to make my cloches along with the glass furniture knobs I had in my stash. Being someone who upcycles furniture, I'm always on the hunt for interesting cabinet hardware and have amassed quite a collection.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

Where Can I Find Knobs For DIY Glass Cloches?

I find a lot of interesting knobs at boutique stores and antique markets. But I've often found inexpensive sets at Homesense (here in Canada) or HomeGoods (USA) but Hobby Lobby has a huge assortment.



Where Can I Find Glass Domes For DIY Glass Cloches?

I've included a link in the supply list for some glass domes that I found on Amazon. I've also seen them at IKEA and Hobby Lobby. But check your local thrift stores for cheap anniversary clocks with glass domes. Alternatively, you could use rounded glass cylinder vases.



Here's How I Made Them

Carefully cut the stems off the knobs with bolt cutters or wire strippers that have holes specifically for cutting bolts.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

Wash the glass domes with soap and water and dry thoroughly. With a cotton swab clean the top of the glass with rubbing alcohol.



Add a generous dab of E6000 glue on the back of the knob. Set the knob dead center on the top of the glass and apply a little pressure for a tight bond. If some of the glue seeps out, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits to carefully remove it.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

The glue takes approximately two minutes before it gets tacky and sets in around ten minutes. Wait for at least 24-hours before lifting the cloche by the handle. The glue takes 72-hours to cure so you may want to err on the side of caution and wait a few days before using the cloche.



Pro-Tip

Here's a helpful tip to prevent heavier knobs from sliding off-center while the glue cures. Place a piece of painter's tape over the top of the knob and down both sides of the dome to hold it in place. Double-check that the knob is perfectly center and adjust as necessary.



How to make DIY Glass Cloches in two easy steps with glass domes or glass cylinder vases and furniture knobs for budget-friendly seasonal decorating.

That's all there is to it! Enjoy decorating with your glass cloches.



Seasonal Decorating Ideas With Glass Cloches

Before closing, I thought I'd leave you with some ideas for what to display under the glass cloches for seasonal decorating.


Spring

  • Moss filled grapevine nests with speckled eggs
  • Potted faux Spring bulbs like hyacinths, crocus, daffodils, or tulips
  • Small wooden birdhouses
  • Garden diorama with mini garden tools, seed packets, mini terracotta pots, and gardening gloves
  • Vase with pussy willow stems

Easter

  • A cute bunny with faux grass and carrots
  • Colorful painted Easter eggs
  • Moss covered or twine covered plastic eggs
  • Large Art Glass Easter Egg

Summer

  • Faux flowering plant set on faux grass
  • Faux succulents in unique containers.
  • Seashells, starfish, coral, and driftwood

Fall

  • Faux mini pumpkins, gourds, acorns, apples
  • A flameless candle on a timer set on a small grapevine wreath or bed of fall leaves
  • Filled with painted or decoupage mini pumpkins

Christmas

  • Filled with Christmas ball ornaments
  • White fairy lights on a timer
  • Flameless wax candles on a timer
  • Diorama with bottle brush trees and Christmas village figurines on a bed of faux snow
  • Santa sleigh, Santa statue, or other Christmas decor
  • Filled with pine cones and fairy lights

Winter

  • Bottlebrush trees and miniature snowman on a bed of faux snow
  • Filled with pine cones and fairy lights on timers
  • Large snowman decor
  • Filled with wooden or ceramic snowflakes
  • Mini tabletop evergreen trees on a bed of snow
  • Filled with white Christmas balls and fairy lights
  • Snow diorama with snowman figurines, miniature shovels in a bed of snow


The possibilities are endless for decorating under glass. This Retro North Pole Christmas Diorama could be adapted for a glass cloche.



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  1. Love the cloches. I can see them on the mantel. High enough Daisy Darlings tail won’t send them crashing to the floor.

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    1. Thanks Jody, they are so much fun to decorate! I love the idea of collecting interesting glass cylinders to make unique cloches.

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  2. These are so freaking cute. I am gaga about the one with the little pot inside it. I have a few purchased domes that I will bring out and this is the perfect idea to use them. As always thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Yay, happy to hear you have some domes to make these. I know I was so glad to FINALLY put ours to good use instead of collecting dust in the cupboard. Have fun making yours!

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  3. These are beautiful! I did this once with a dome I found at the thrift store once and I would love to find more! I love the way you added the crystal furniture knobs to the top! xo

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    1. Aren't they fun to make, Susan? I love collecting interesting knobs for this purpose. Domes on their own are definitely not plentiful at thrift stores around here unless you find those brass anniversary clocks at a good price and use the glass domes. But interesting glass cylinders and vases are just as cute to make these.

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  4. They look really great and cool idea using doorknobs.

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    1. Thanks Anita! It was great to finally give a purpose to my stash of one-of furniture knobs.

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  5. Super quick and easy, but looks so expensive! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You made my day with the "looks expensive" comment, Beth! Thank you so much 😀 I use these glass cloches all year round. Kind of ironic considering how they sat unused for over three decades without the knobs.

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  6. These are so fun and could be used for so many different things. Love the upcycle on them - thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Chas, I'm glad you like them! Since adding the handles, I use these cloches year round.

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  7. Sorry I am late! I have been running behind this making memories! Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  8. Every time I stop by to see your new post, I get side tracked looking at many others that I missed. Geez, I love this. Now Im on the lookout for some domes. Susie from Chelsea Project

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    1. Well girl you just made my day! As you well know, that is music to a blogger's ears! LOL Happy cloche making!

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