Want to make a farmhouse cloche for your home? Here’s a simple tutorial on how I created a chicken wire cloche for only $1.04. Create yours in an afternoon.
This chicken wire cloche is not complicated to build, but it looks so expensive. Here are the step-by-step instructions I used to create this cloche. And the best part? It costs less than a cup of coffee.
Things I Wish I Could Tell My 22-year-old self number #1641.
Make a chicken wire cloche.
Don’t blow the candles out on your 23rd birthday cake without a wire cloche on your kitchen counter.
I know you don’t think you need one right now.
I completely understand.
And you don’t even know what the word “cloche” means.
You have bigger fish to fry.
Like teasing your bangs and spraying aqua net hairspray to make them look all flock of seagulls and wearing high heels with lace socks and fishnet tights with holes in them and making sure your shoulder pads resemble a Pittsburg Steelers linemen.
And learning every word to “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Important stuff like that.
But the day will come when you will buy an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
And Flock of Seagulls and lace socks and fishnet tights and shoulder pads will be a thing of the past.
You will straighten your hair and wear fancy flip flops with your painted toes and spend an inordinate amount of time shaping your eyebrows.
And that’s when you can thank me later….because by then….
……your chicken wire cloche will be vintage 🙂
Q: How to decorate with wire cloches?
There are so many different ways to decorate with wire cloches. Here are just a few of the ways I’ve used them in my home.
- place small topiary on a plate and cover it with a cloche
- add a small vase of flowers inside of a cloche
- place a cloche on top of a cake stand and decorate
- add a chicken wire cloche to a stack of books
- create an ivy centerpiece with a wire cloche and ivy
Q: Is it easy to make a chicken wire cloche DIY?
This is one of the easiest crafts. You can make it in under 30 minutes. Simply cut the wires and twist. You’ll want to make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp ends of the wire.
Q: What supplies do I need to make a wire cloche?
The chicken wire cloche project starts with simple chicken wire for the base. You’ll also need baling wire, wire cutters, needle nose pliers and a crimping tool. As I’ve already mentioned, you’ll also need gloves to protect your hands.
Q: Can you make a larger cloche and how do I make it?
Yes. You can make a larger cloche using a tomato cage. Simply snip the tomato cage and twist ends together to create a form for the topiary. Next, attach the chicken wire to the frame and crimp closed.
Chicken Wire Cloche Project
(for the 22-year-old in all of us)
Needle nose pliers
Step 1: Buy chicken wire
I know this is so Captain Obvious. To make a chicken wire cloche, you need chicken wire. I got mine from Lowe’s.
It was $12.99 for 25 feet. I only used 2 feet to make a cloche, so according to my calculations that makes this cloche a $1.04.
For the money….that is so much better than diet coke from McDonald’s.
There are tons of other projects you could make from the leftover chicken wire. This Christmas tree is one of my favorites.
Step 2: Get a pair of gloves
Put them on to make your chicken wire cloches. Make sure they are work gloves with a thicker outside exterior
You will need them because the chicken wire is sharp.
Step 3: Cut wire into a sheet
I used a glass cloche that I already had as a guide for these wire cloches.
You could use a glass cylinder or a 1/2 gallon milk bottle. Lay whatever you are using for your template on the chicken wire. Roll the cloche or the milk bottle from end to end on the sheet and mark where to cut. After you’ve determined the size of your sheet of chicken wire, snip with wire cutters.
My wire sheet was approximately 2 feet long by 18″ high.
Step 4: Combine open ends of the wire sheet
You now have a rectangular piece of wire. Take the two short ends of the rectangle and attach them together. You want to twist open ends together to form an open-ended cylinder.
You will have cut ends of the chicken wire that you can just twist together. Another option when making the wire cloche, another option might be to use small pieces of baling wire to join the two open edges together.
Step 5: Wire one open end of the cylinder together to form the top of the cloche
Now you have a cylinder with two open ends.
One of the ends will have a finished edge. That becomes the bottom of the cloche. Take the unfinished edge at the other end and start wiring together to form a dome. On the unfinished edge, you will see pieces of chicken wire that can be just wired together (or attached together with baling wire). The goal is to create the top of a dome.
I used the glass cloche as a guide.
You can shape and form the wire into a dome by working with it until you have it the exact shape you want it.
Step 6: Form the circle for the top
Your cloche is almost done. You just need an ornamental piece to finish off the top of the cloche. You can add a finial to the top of the cloche or any other ornamental top you choose.
I think old school is best. I simply made my own cloche top out of wire.
For the top of my wire cloche, I used a piece of wire, shaped into a circle, with another wire wrapped around it for the top.
Then I attached it to the top of the cloche with a wire.
Step 7: Stand back and admire your $1.04 chicken wire cloche
It is a true work of art. It’s farmhouse decor at its finest with a little rustic elegance added in. My favorite? It adds height to any display but has an airiness about it that doesn’t take up much visual space.
You are a chicken wire cloche rock star.
You finished the project.
Truthfully, you have made this world a brighter place by the addition of another wire cloche.
Then give yourself a high five pat yourself on the back and tell your 22-year-old-self to stay tuned….
…..Billy Ray Cyrus has much cuter hair now. 🙂
PS You can follow along on my YouTube channel for projects similar to this.