I really enjoy seeing the creative things people make and the tutorials they share. Recently I saw a cloche made from a thrift store cheese board and candle holder and I decided to make one of my own. I followed these oh-so-helpful tutorials at House of Hepworth and Thrifty Decor Chick. Since they already provided the how-tos, I'll just show you mostly photos of what I did.
One of the hardest parts was figuring out which candle holder to use. I ended up using the greenish one on the left ($1.99). The cheese board was $3.99.
I made sure to thoroughly clean the top of the candle holder for the best adhesion with the Gorilla Glue. (That stuff is terrific!!!) I wish I had also cleaned the base because some of the paint bubbled up, but it's okay.
It was really helpful for me to draw a line exactly where I wanted the candle holder to attach to the board. I slightly dampened the board as the glue instructions say then plopped the candle holder down on the line with no guessing. The instructions also say to clamp the object or put a weight on it to achieve the best possible bond. As you can see, I used plates.
I painted a coat of black primer then a coat of oil rubbed bronze. Voila! A decorative cloche for my kitchen counter! I think I'll buy some Pottery Barn limes to display. They'll look better than these aging apples. Any other ideas about what to display?