Home » home decor » Decorating with Glass Cloche Ideas

Decorating with Glass Cloche Ideas

Are you obsessed with cloches? I am! Everything looks good under a cloche. Stack of cups? Put them under cloche. Vintage papers?Ferny plant? Under a cloche. I once got into an argument with an 85 year-old lady I worked with over whether it was called a cloche or a bell jar. Actually, either name is correct. I didn’t want to tell her  cloche is French for bell. Cloches were traditionally used like mini-greenhouses, to help create a micro-climate for seedlings and plants that needed protection from the weather. They can still be used for that purpose, but they are now also decorative as well. I wanted to share some Decorating with Glass Cloche Ideas with you.

Mushrooms under a cloche with birds and moss

Almost anything can be placed under a cloche if it fits. Using nature themed items are always pretty and feel almost diorama-like. Items like mushrooms, moss, birds and other botanical items look beautiful under the reflectiveness of glass.
Mushrooms and birds and a nest under a cloche
Heavier more bell jar style cloches can be used not only in the garden to protect tender perennials from cooler weather like this rosemary which actually made it through a zone 5a winter!
Cloche over rosemary in the winter
The addition of glass  to a vignette is so pretty, that everything looks good under a cloche!
DIy clock case to terrarium
The can also be used to create a diorama in the feel of an old museum or Victorian piece like this re-purposed clock cover made terrarium.
Bottle brush trees in a tablescape with candles under a cloche
At Christmas time, cloches can be used to house battery operated candles for. a pretty glow. Placed on a plate nestled in a wreath, it is an easy and pretty decor item.

The glass bell jars come in various sizes and shapes so mixing them together can make it interesting such as this large and small set.


vintage lamp shade turned into a terrarium cloche

Vintage glass lamp shades and a pretty cabinet knob can create a unique DIY cloche that has lots of interest. Items can be displayed singly or if there is enough room grouped together. A quartz rock and fern look pretty together and complement each other with the vintage brass of the shade.
Store display with a cloche
In a retail store, a cloche can be used to create interest and showcase an item like this display with a bird and vintage sheet music.
Copper topped cloche


On a cabinet top in a kitchen on open shelving, cookies or bakes goods can go under a cloche-style cake keeper.
Vintage dessert plates for appetizer serving #partyideas
The same cake keeper can also be used to keep un-used dishes dust free.
cloches and fall leaf banner made from old plaid shirts


On top of a cabinet, a collection of various sized-cloches are pretty on their own. A set of vintage suitcases stacked together with a cloche and fern on top of a silver tray fill a corner.
Vintage stacked suitcases with a cloche on top
An old clock case turned diorama terrarium give it an entirely new life.


DIy clock case to terrarium

On a work bench. a glass cloche keeps a plant moist before planting.
Repurposed work bench for potting bench
Not sure what else you can put under glass? You are only limited by your imagination and size!
Ideas for displaying items in glass cloches

If you are reading this post at any other sites or blogs besides Jenniferrizzo.com, your rss feed,e-mail or in your reader this is stolen content.

*This was posted Via Jennifer Rizzo. com


  1. too funny! I still haven’t converted my clock to a cloche yet, I mean bell jar, I mean cloche. I’m kinda obsessed with them right now too. you can add trays and terrariums on my list of obsessions too.;) have a great one!

  2. I love cloches, too, Jen! I have several throughout my home and I never did have them until I started blogging. Another addiction to blame blogging for! : ) Whenever I see a dome clock for a good price at Goodwill, I try to get it to makeover into a cloche. Last year I found a bunch of just the domes at Salvation Army. I wound up selling them but wish I had bought all of them now.

  3. OH I have been in love with cloches/bell jars since I started to work on my horticulture degree back in 1994. Our instructor had a collection that she used in her garden… yes she had real authentic glass garden cloches… some were imported from France, others were ones she had found at flea markets some 20 years earlier while in France. 20 years later and I still adore them. Do I own any? Not really. Well sorta…. it wasn’t a cloche in its 1st life but it is now.

    Thank you for sharing all the ideas!

  4. I LOVE CLOCHES TOO….I sell them and the tiniest one is 1″ high ! I set a tiny little child’s thimble under it !! Others are 2-3″. I love what you have done with yours!! Have to thank my friend for telling me of your post. Judy

  5. I love cloches/bell jars/whatever-you-wanna-call-them. But my husband hates them for whatever reason! I always tease him that I’m going to put his head under glass. 🙂

  6. That’s a great collection of cloches!! They are all so pretty!
    I too am not ashamed of my Goodwill cloche;) Well maybe it did come from a clock, hehe!

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

  7. Jen–you’re so funny!
    Yes, I lOve cloches too! But I suspect that is just ONE of the obsessions on your checklist~like the rest of us cREATive-type people! ; D

  8. Oh wow, looking through your post I thought you had an impressive collection of cloches! Lucky you!! Then I noticed the links…to your pin board…oh well, you can still dream, and I’ll dream right along with you. Love cloches and made a couple out of vases ’cause I can’t afford the price of most of them.
    Debbie 🙂

Comments are closed.