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.
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 wire cloche will be vintage 🙂
Chicken Wire Cloche Project
(for the 22-year-old in all of us)
Needle nose pliers
Step 1: Buy 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.
Step 2: Get a pair of gloves
Put them on.
You will need them because chicken wire is sharp.
Step 3: Cut wire into a sheet
I used a glass cloche that I already had as a guide
You could use a glass cylinder or a 1/2 gallon milk bottle.
My wire sheet was approximately 2 feet long by 18″ high.
Step 4: Combine open ends of the wire sheet
Twist open ends together to form an open-ended cylinder.
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.
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
You can add a finial to the top of the cloche or any other ornamental top you choose.
I think old school is best.
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 wire cloche
It is a true work of art.
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. 🙂