I've been enamoured by all the awesome cloches I've been seeing lately. So super cute. I've personally never owned a cloche. With my three kids, I thought it was a recipe for disaster. If only they made a non-breakable cloche. Hmm.....
So...what if I told you I made the adorable (I think so anyways) cloche below from a Diet Coke bottle? Would you believe me? Well, you should because I did! I took the bottle and washed it and removed the label. I ran into a speed bump right off the bat, I couldn't get all the label off. There was a small strip of label stuck to the adhesive and it wouldn't budge. Since the labels are plastic, I didn't think soaking it would work. So, I broke out the hair dryer and used it with a butter knife to carefully scrape off the rest of the label. It worked perfectly. Goo Gone got off the rest of the adhesive. If there is ink on the bottle then use nail polish remover to get it off.
I glued a stack of cute buttons to the top of the soda cap, that is my "finial". I picked buttons that would be pretty neutral and could be used with a variety of items for when I want to change the item on display.
I took white ribbon and wrapped the neck of the bottle. I had to use some hot glue to help hold the ribbons in place, since otherwise they tended to slip around. I also was sure to cover the neck completely, including the little ring under the top of the bottle lid/cap.
I just so happened to have a pillar holder that works perfectly as a stand. Plopped my little chicken on top and covered with my non-breakable cloche! Yea....so happy. I think that it's adorable as can be. I love the price tag even more...FREE!
Perfectionists beware....this isn't as good as a real honest to goodness cloche. Usually soda bottles get little creases/lines in them as they are being used. Occasionally they'll get a scratch or two. Personally I think it's cute and adds to the "patina" and makes it look a bit worn and loved.
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