Super cute DIY chicken wire cloche!

Super cute DIY chicken wire cloche!

Have you heard of a Cloche?  It has a few different meanings but I’m going to talk about the one Merriam-Webster defines as – a bell shaped dome cover made of glass or plastic used to display or protect ornamental objects.

I have a glass cloche but really use it more for highlighting things rather than protecting them.   This weekend I decided to make one out of an old lamp shade and chicken wire.  I know what you’re thinking – that’s going to be wacky and you hesitate to look.  Almost like the person in the circus with two heads.  So weird yet intriguing that you can’t help yourself.  I understand.  I had a similar reaction when I thought of it.

But it turned out so cute y’all!  I think you’re going to want to make one for yourself.  So here’s the 411 on the DIY.

Supplies for a Chicken Wire Cloche:

  • Old Lampshade
  • Chicken wire
  • Drawer pull of knob
  • Zip ties
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters

Start with buying or using an old lampshade.  This one was $2.49 from the thrift store.  I thought it had a nice shape and was the right size for what I needed.  Cut off the entire fabric cover.  Hopefully you’ll get one that has the attachment at the top.  If it is separate, it’s okay, you can still use the chicken wire to secure it together.

Step 1 for making a chicken wire cloche out of a lampshade

We started with a 40 inch square piece of chicken wire.  Place the shade on its side along the edge towards the middle of the 40″ piece.  Roll it into a cone shape.  You’ll have extra but this seemed to be the easiest way to cover the shade with minimal zip ties and pulling.  Once it’s rolled, use the zip ties to secure it in several places.

step 2 of making a chicken wire cloche

Cut the excess off of the bottom leaving plenty to wrap around the bottom of the base to secure it together.  Do the same to the top.  Be careful not to cut too much off.

The chicken wire is wrapped around the lamp shade ready for trimming

You’ll want to cut 18 – 20 small pieces from the excess chicken wire.  We used the pieces like clips to curl around and secure together the lampshade base and chicken wire.  They are barely noticeable.

Cut extra pieces from chicken wire to use for securing the cloche

Attach extra pieces of chicken wire for clips to secure wire to lampshade

Excess chicken wire was used like clips to attach chicken wire to lampshade base for cloche

When you have everything attached, you’ll start shaping and bending the chicken wire around to mold it to the lampshade.  It’s really easy.  Once you like what you’ve done, cut the zip ties off and curl the base under.  We used the needle-nose pliers for the bending and saved our fingers.

I had left over drawer pulls from other projects so I chose one to use as a handle for the cloche.  I got all of these from Hobby Lobby (50% off of course).

extra drawer pulls can be used to make the knob on the chicken wire cloche

Different ideas to decorate a cloche

There are so many things you can do to decorate your chicken wire cloche.  I intertwined a black silk ribbon for this look and sat the cloche on a silver tray to make it a little more elegant.

silk ribbon wrapped around a chicken wire cloche



This has a more rustic look with four layers of twine wrapped through the top.

Twine is used for a rustic look in this chicken wire cloche

You can also wrap strips of old fabric around it for a shabby chic look!

Strips of fabric used to make this chicken wire cloce have a shabby chic look

And anything goes when it comes to putting things under a cloche.  I think items seem to be emphasized or look a little more special.

Iron finial under a chicken wire cloche seems a little more special

clay pot with moss ball can easily look more important under a chicken wire cloche

It took us about an hour and a half to put this cloche together.   I love it and will put it to good use.   Let me know if you plan to make one and what you think you’ll do with yours?  I bet you have great ideas!

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16 Comments

  1. Debra
    June 12, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I don’t know which I like better your cloche or your dollar store blackboard you created. I may have to try my hand at both. I also appreciated your post for decorating for July 4th. So many wonderful ideas. Love your blog. I live out in west (the geographic region) Texas and bermuda grass grows like crazy in our part of the world. Not sure how it does in your area of the state. Guess you could check with a trusted gardening center. Keep the posts coming!

    • June 12, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Well thank you for those sweet comments! So glad I’ve inspired you to try a craft or two. 😉 I’ll keep the posts coming if you continue to comment – just kidding. I know you can’t always comment but that’s how I know people read it! Send a picture if you do make a cloche or chalkboard, I’d love to see it. You’ve just made my week!

  2. June 12, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Hi Cindy, thanks so much for coming by. love love love your lampshade turned cloche. You’ve finished it off in so many fun ways. that black ribbon is my fave I think. I just signed up for your email notifications… so I’ll be back to visit!

    • June 12, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      I was excited to find your blog and signed up to get emails today as well! I think yours will be one that I can hardly wait to open. Hope we become great friends. Thank you for the sweet compliments and the black ribbon was my fave too. 😉

  3. June 14, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Aren’t you clever! I want to make something with chicken wire, and this cloche using a lampshade is brilliant!

    • June 14, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Thank you Jenna. It was fairly easy once you got the extra chicken wire cut off. Glad you liked it and thank you for visiting my blog!

  4. June 22, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I love everything with chicken wire and this cloche is so amazing! Adding a ribbon and a knob make it even more beautiful.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Inspiration party, this is my feature for this week’s party. Congratulations Cindy!

    • June 22, 2017 / 7:58 am

      How exciting and what an honor! Thank you. So glad you loved it!

  5. June 23, 2017 / 7:46 am

    How gorgeous Cindy. I love the rustic look of the cloche and can’t even begin to pick a favorite. They’re all lovely

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you Michelle! It’s fun to change things up and get all of the looks for sure.

  6. June 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I am so impressed with this idea Cindy. It has so much more character than a plain glass cloche.

    • June 23, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you Mary. I love that you were impressed! And you’re right – you can do much more with this than a glass cloche. Happy Friday!

  7. June 23, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    This is a great simple craft. The pretty knobs really make it pop. Great reuse of an old lamp frame. Pinning.

    • June 23, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Leanna. I’ve enjoyed moving it around.

  8. June 26, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    What a fabulous and creative repurpose idea! Love how it turned out! Thanks to Mary for sharing your post on FB!

    • June 26, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog and to Mary for sharing it. Glad you like it! Happy Monday.