Another project using vintage individual salt shakers

I can usually find these little guys at thrift stores and rummage sales for a dollar.  


Sometimes for less, if the caps are missing!  (which is fine by me, as I don’t use the caps.  Need to think of a project TO use them though, as I’m accumulating quite a stash of them!  SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!)


Lots of different shapes and sizes of shaker lids; awaiting an inspiring idea.


Taller / wider ones are a bit too big for this project, but will work for larger cloches.

Whoa!  That does NOT look ‘centered’ in the photo, but I assure it is centered in reality.  These pretty little individual vintage salt shakers make perfect knobs for the tops of cloches!

P1160826I just put a little e6000 adhesive around the rim of the shaker and place it upside down in the center of an upside down vase or hurricane jar.

P1160828I had four of these medium sized ‘bell’ shaped vases to turn into cloches; so I decided to vary the shakers.  (I didn’t have four matching ones anyhow!)

P1160849A snippet of pretty ribbon tied around the neck of the shaker and no one would ever guess it wasn’t a crystal knob.

P1160851What can you DO with these cloches?? Put ANYTHING that will fit under them.  Everything looks more special ‘under glass’.

P1160852I don’t have many things here at home to put under them; so I just used a couple of the little tree topped shakers I recently showed you.  Will have lots more ‘examples’ of ways to use them once I take these to my booth.

Cloches are a STAPLE in my booth.


Here’s a bit of what I’ve found on my thrifting ventures lately:

P1080491White Stoneware pitchers.  (sorry about all the blotches on the pictures.  Must be something on my camera lens?!) This is my very favorite shape of white pitchers, and not that readily found too often.  Let alone finding ALL THREE at the same time.  I’ve always wanted to start my own white pitcher collection, but always convince myself to sell everything I find.  This time I decided to keep them!  And I discovered that I had one more, a smaller one, in one of my booths to add to my collection!

P1080492Little glass spice bottle (I put a Halloween label on it) A tall funky heart shaped bottle (will be made into a ‘love potion’ bottle for Valentines Day) and a bell shaped cloche.  (always need these!)

P1080533The bottle on the left is the one from the previous pic.


Cute dog figurine (NO idea what to do with it!?!)  Little urn (to fill with a little nest or bottle brush tree or use as a dessert plate pedestal) small glass (to use for a cupcake stand base) and a salt shaker (to use as a pedestal for a little bird)

P1080494This is the little white bird that I want to put on the previous salt shaker.  The bird is also a salt shaker though, so I have to figure out a way to cover up the holes).  Little ceramic bird (maybe paint it black for Halloween??)

5.21.13 finds signs projects 032It’s the same bird as the one on the left here; that I painted white and used as a cloche handle.

P1080495Stoneware bowls (ALWAYS on my ‘look for’ list; any shade of white/cream)  Little stoneware crock that I added a Halloween label to.

P1080496Large hurricane vase that I inverted and added a knob to, to make it into a cloche.

P1080498BIG lettuce shaped salad bowl!  



Such a cute little set of milk glass jars with wicker carrier.  Any one know what this might have originally been used for??  Debating whether or not to ‘piece it out’ and sell bottles and carries individually; or leave it as a set???  What do you think?  One of the lids was GLUED on to the base, which we (the cashier and I) both noticed at checkout.  I decided to get it anyway.  Soaked it in warm soapy water for a while and it came right apart and the glue peeled right off.

P1080499Such cute ‘pot belly’ shaped jars!

P1080503Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!  That bell cloche fits this angle candle pedestal perfectly!  Maybe paint the pedestal white and pair them up??

P1080504Itty bitty angels; super fragile; might have to glue them in a glass jar to protect them.

P1080506These apothecary jars originally had brushed aluminum lids; which I spray painted black.  Will add some collage labels to these.


Here are some similar jars I did a while back; embellished with keys and papers.

P1080507A big vintage cherub vase.

P1080509Upcycled / repurposed it into a tall cake pedestal.


 With faux display cake.

P1080596For sale in my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton for $29.00.  The taller stand is $39.00.  Perfect pieces for a small wedding cake OR a cupcake buffet!




More upcycled cloches

P1070412Assorted thrifted glass vessels, inverted; with assorted thrifted bird figurines glued on (using e6000) as handles.

P1070416Most of the glass vessels that I find and use for cloches are vases and/or hurricane candle holders.

P1070418This ‘bell shape’ in my favorite kind; and usually plentiful and easy to find.

P1070419Tall skinny cylinder vases will do also; preferably with a flared edge.  Just be sure they are actually side enough that you could display something under them.

P1070421I thought I could ‘leave well enough alone’ when I finished these.  Nope!  HAD to add crowns!  *(which, of course!  I always have a little ‘ready made stash of!’)

P1070516These three cloches have gone to my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton; using them to display some vintage ballet and tap shoes.

P1070517These wire cloches and pedestal stands were a fun project too!


LOTS on new cloches

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 015Had these sitting on my work table for MONTHS!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 016And had collected all the glass for them for months before that!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 017I’m not sure exactly WHY, but I seem to have ‘a thing’ about taking new product to my booth at Stars in ‘big batches’.  I suppose a larger quantity of any item makes a better ‘statement’.    Whatever!  That is just how I do it.  No real reason.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 027This time I have a lot of small/medium cloches.  No new BIG ones; but still have several of the big ones I took in previously still available.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 081I put some of the tallish ones over these little pink glitter owls.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 073Did a few like this, to fit atop these cupcake pedestals.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 096Some of the same shape and size as on the cupcake stands available to buy separately.  (fits quite nicely in the center of that silver rimmed salad plate, doesn’t it?)

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A little bell cloche atop this tiny green ‘bliss’ bottle.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 090These are a few of the bigger ones that have been there for a while now.

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A bigger one with a small one under it, a smaller one on the left and a pretty apothecary jar on the right.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 098A trio on top a stack of old books.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 099Some more tall ones over glitter owls and some little ones.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 104Vintage ceramic doll hands for the handles on these two that are covering an owl salt and petter set.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 105A cluster of tulip shaped ones.

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A bigger on that has been in stock for a while atop one of the candle jars with keys.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 139Assorted owls and new ones.

SO, if you need a cloche of just about ANY SIZE, I probably have it.

ORRRRRRRRR.. . . if you’re an avowed DIYer and want to know all my secret for making my own cloches, you can buy the how to e-book in my etsy shop for $10.00.  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, back when I introduced the sale of this e-book here on my blog, I offered a $5.00 discount to my blog readers.  Click here    for info on getting the discount, and more pictures of the kinds of cloches I’ll show you how to make in the book.