Chicken Wire Cloche Tutorial

Make Your Own French Country Garden Accent

Chicken Wire Cloche Tutorial



Ever wanted to make your own chicken wire cloche? Well, here is a tutorial that shows just how easily you can.

Originally the French used glass cloches, also known as bell jars, to protect young plants and seedlings from the cold, frost and garden critters. Today they seem to be more widely used as decorative items, not only in glass but in wire forms as well.

Use them to accent your garden table, placing them over flowers, candles, small vignettes or anything else your heart desires. You can even use them to cover food.

Once you have made one or two for your patio or outdoor garden room, don't be surprised if you continue making a few more in different heights and widths for indoors as well.


Materials and Tools Needed:

Materials for wire cloche
  • Chicken Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Long Nosed Pliers
  • Thin Craft Wire
  • Base (optional)
  • Protective gloves


Chicken wire cloches are attractive enough on their own, but if you are wanting to use a base there are many things you could use like a terracotta base, pretty china plate, cake stand or even an upturned round cake tin lid looks just as good.

The amount of chicken wire needed will depend on the size of the cloche you propose to make. As a rule of thumb, for the height I take the diameter measurement of the base and add on 20cm, which includes the allowance for the 'knob'. I then measure the circumference of the base and add on 1cm (half an inch), so the wire edges overlap just a little in order to tie them together into a tube shape.


Cloche Tutorial Step1


Once you have cut the chicken wire, overlap the edges and use the long nose pliers to twist pieces of craft wire to join the edges. When finished you will land up with a longish tube.
Cloche Tutorial Step2


Grab the tube about 10cm down from the top and start crimping it towards the centre to create a neck. Crimp it together as tight as you can. If you battle with this step, try twisting a piece of craft wire around the neck and pull the ends really tight.
Cloche Tutorial Step3


You will land up with something like this. No worries... we will fix that in a minute.
Cloche Tutorial Step4


Make sure you have those gloves on, then hold the cloche in one hand by its neck and make your other hand into a fist. Push your fist up inside and use your knuckles to mold the dome shape from the inside, as you roll it around by the neck. Keep turning the cloche as you mold and continue going around and around until you get the right shape.
Cloche Tutorial Step 5


Once you have the shape of the dome, fan the top piece of wire outwards, then from about half way in from the outer edge fold the top inwards to form the 'knob'. Keep pushing and crimping until you get the desired shape.

There you have it, your first DIY chicken wire cloche...Enjoy!


I'm off now to make a shorter one wide enough to fit my cake plate. Will post another picture of this later.





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