From garden fence to cloche - an unexpected project!

August 28th, 2009 in blog, projects     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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Great for displaying LOTS of different things - seasonal, collections, plants, etc...
We cut wire sections for each of our projects...and wired them together to form a cylinder. 
This old rusty roll of wire has gone a long way...
This is the bottom (or top - depending on what you use it for)  - we bent the wires of the fence in and wrapped it all together...with MORE wire (and I had to curl it and make it pretty)!  This closed up the end so we could sit something in it to hang...until...(go to next photo...)
Oops - flipped it over, and it immediately said (or screamed)  CLOCHE  (I know you love this Lani!! :) - so had to find a silver dish to try it!
Nothing fancy - but had to throw something in there too - just for fun!  You get the idea, right??
Great for displaying LOTS of different things - seasonal, collections, plants, etc...

Great for displaying LOTS of different things - seasonal, collections, plants, etc...

On our last workshop night, my girlfriends and I wanted to make a wire/fence outdoor chandelier.  We had seen one at a show, and wanted to make one of our own.  So, between the four of us, we had more than enough garden fence collected to do just that (no surprise there...)!

I'll share pictures of our finished chandeliers once they're all decorated properly (ha ha) - but wanted to show you this unexpected use - for the heck of it! (and I really like it too!)

This piece was made to be the the hanging centerpiece of the chandelier (sort of a basket) - and hold a container for live flowers (or whatever you might want to display) - with a larger piece of garden fence out around it that holds small containers for votive candles.  This was an easy part to make - and the fact that it wanted to be something other than what it started out to be - was just fun (and probably not a new idea, but just an unexpected part of our process!)...

So...we've decided to make a few of these "cloches" to sell at our next show at the Springfield Extravaganza - they'll be fun to display and hopefully people will like them as much as we did!

P.S.  I didn't get a chance to display this properly - it quickly became a part of my chandelier... (We were on a mission to get our projects done - so I couldn't stop for a full "photo shoot"! - I think I probably drive my friends crazy with my camera sometimes...but they love me so I get away with it!!)


P.S.  Don't ya just love the unexpected???  There's definitely lots of possibilities for that in junking - guess that's why we love it!!!

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Comments (21)

pollyjanes writes: I love this idea! I'm going to try and make one for my nieces wedding under the oak trees! Merci Posted: 4:32 pm on July 11th
JJ writes: Very innovative. Nice design!

JJ Posted: 8:29 pm on October 9th
Terrylee5151 writes: I have seen so many cloches lately and am going to look for some at yard sales. You did a great job making yours....I am not that talented.

Do any of you have any idea what I can do with this tabletop greenhouse? I am having a girls get together in January and want to have some cute ideas for them....besides using plants. Posted: 9:09 am on December 4th
junkntrunk writes: O-M-G! You are so awesome, Kathy. I want to do this...cloches are so expensive...what a great way to have one and quite unique...guaranteed to get conversations it! Posted: 5:14 am on September 5th
shabbychick writes: Thanks! Glad you liked the cloche - my next post will show the chandelier - with the cloche "hiding" in the middle!

Good luck with your projects too!! :)

Posted: 2:59 pm on September 2nd
TrashHag2 writes: Love, Love Love...I'm gonna have to steal this idea ;) Posted: 2:35 pm on September 2nd
Christina_S writes: Love this! Wonderful idea, it looks so great! Posted: 1:10 pm on September 2nd
suewhitney writes: This is as cute as can be Miss Kathy. Looks like you had some fun with the girls. Nice work!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 8:41 am on September 2nd
JunkArchitect writes:
I love anything made out of wire and I can’t wait to see the finished chandelier.

Posted: 9:55 pm on August 30th
fellowjunker writes: Love this cloche idea Kathy.........too funny as I have been busy trying to make cloches out of chicken wire....I like yours better, but bet it was hard on the hands!!!
xojanis Posted: 1:23 pm on August 30th
chippingcharm writes: Yet another great idea for garden fence! I've got a bunch of it in the garage. I've got all the stuff for a chandelier too...better get to it!
Thanks for sharing, Laurel Posted: 8:48 pm on August 29th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Very nice there, Ms. Kathy! I have a bit of old fencing from my parents' place and I must say your cloche has me inspired! It looks wonderful with your silver dish.

Nice work, oh creative one.
Candy Posted: 3:51 am on August 29th
shabbychick writes: Hey - thanks you guys! This was just a little fun thing I thought I had to share! I almost hated putting it into the chandelier...ha ha So, today Terri and I made five more - to sell - we'll see how they go.

Kenda - can't wait to see how your girls junk night goes - we have so much fun, and I think we'll invite a few more people next time - the more the merrier!! :) (And, hoping I can get down to Texas one of these days - there's a few people I'd like to meet...)

Geo...I say go into mass production honey!! - ha ha!!! :) I think people will love them! (we actually did three different sizes today) (and I also thought they'd look cool hung from chains in a grouping - maybe with a big crystal hanging in the middle of them...?????)

LuAnn - you're right - so much for Tupperware... :)

Jan - can't wait to see your cloche!

Midge - I'm going to do a post on my blog - so will let you know and you can see the finished chandelier.

Thanks again everyone! Happy Junking!


Posted: 9:31 pm on August 28th
roadtriplouise writes: Love the unexpected, great clothe! Posted: 8:01 pm on August 28th
junkermidge writes: I really like this as a cloche! I always meant to make one of these as a chandelier -- I cut the fence and that's all the farther I got. But I think I'll pull it out and finish it cloche version. And how fun that you "discovered" it with your friends. Very cool. Bravo!

P.S. I am anxious to see the other version, I'm intrigued by the inner basket idea.
Posted: 7:54 pm on August 28th
byabpryor writes: Just darling! Posted: 4:31 pm on August 28th
LuAnn writes: So much for Tupperware parties--now there's junk parties. I like this much better. You go girl!! Great idea.

LuAnn Posted: 3:37 pm on August 28th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: L-O-V-E it!!


Posted: 2:47 pm on August 28th
magark writes: So cool ! I love the top on it too and never thought of using vintage silverplate for a base either. You have given me a new idea for mine....! I will post a picture of the huge one my husband made for me using a vintage porcelain door knob. Jan Posted: 12:24 pm on August 28th
georgiamoon writes: Oh Honey...I'll be makin' one of these (or ten). What a cool idea. I just finished one of the fence chandeliers for my next sale and sold it. So that means I will be breaking out the wire cutters again. Love this don't mind if I steal it do you? No? Ok then, thanks. Fantastic idea! Georgia Posted: 12:04 pm on August 28th
RustyDiva writes: Kathy you've done it again!!! I love this and especially the way you curled the ends. You've inspired me to start a "girls junk night" of my own beginning in October and now you've given me an idea on a first project. Keep em coming cause I like your style! I've said it before and I'll say it again ~ I think we would be great friends if we lived closer! Ya'll all feed my creative muse every time I open this site. Thanks!
Kenda Posted: 10:48 am on August 28th
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