Upcycled Glass Cloche Christmas Centerpiece

Upcycled Glass Cloche Christmas Centerpiece

To this day, some of my favorite Christmas decorations include my waterless snowglobes. I don’t know what it is about them- perhaps that I made them myself…and that they include vintage “bits”… but I just love that look: A quintessential Christmas scene captured under glass.

While out thrifting a few weeks ago, I came across this cheese dome or glass cloche that just screamed “REPURPOSE ME!”. I knew right away that I wanted to create a Christmas centerpiece with it.

Vintage cheese dome, cheese board, or glass cloche with base for upcycling into DIY Christmas centerpiece idea by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Come to mama…

I thought long and hard about what kind of Christmas/Winter scene to recreate…and at first, I decided to go the “Snowy Winter Forest” route with vintage bottle brush trees and vintage deer figurines.

While it definitely would have been cute, it wasn’t all that unique. And you know me- I gotta be different! So I drew inspiration from favorite childhood memories of winters up in Chicagoland- ice skating on a frozen pond! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Cheese Dome / Glass Cloche Makeover

So, my first task was to turn the glass cloche’s wooden base into ice, so-to-speak. I had NO IDEA how I’d achieve this- frozen pond ice is swirly…cloudy…white and silver and blue…with bubbles…and streaks. So, in other words, gorgeously complicated.

First, I painted the entire base a polar sky blue. Then, I drizzled a few drops of silver craft paint on the center circle, and literally used a wadded up paper towel to swirl the paint across my “pond”.

It’s a start…

Ok- it’s difficult to photograph- but that’s the idea! However, I wasn’t done.

To lighten up the swirly silver, I used the same paper towel technique with a few drops of white craft paint. I loved how it looked, but I added one more detail- using my thumbnail through the paper towel, I added streaks through the nearly-dried paint. Like scars from ice skating blades!

Hard to photograph but hopefully you can see!

Again- I couldn’t photograph the end result well. But it’s pretty darn cool in person, I promise!

Even though I was creating an ice skating pond, I still wanted to include a few vintage bottle brush trees (how could I not?). I went into my stash and found a baggie of trees that I didn’t even remember I had! But the catch was that they didn’t have bases- just their pointy twisted wire.

How to create a base for a vintage bottle brush tree that just has a wire or no base by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…what to do, what to do…

I thought about base options and decided to use some of the leftover air-dry clay I had used from my haunted house cookie jar! I just love this stuff- it worked perfectly.

How to create a base for a vintage bottle brush tree that just has a wire or no base by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And now they stand!

NOW. For the ice skaters that will be skating under my upcycled glass cloche or cheese dome…

I thought about collecting a few of those vintage lead figurines, but they are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. So I kept my options open and stumbled across a listing on Etsy for some darling little plastic ice skaters- they’re about 1½” tall.

Vintage ice skater figurines to go under upcycled glass cloche cheese board as DIY Christmas centerpiece idea by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t they perfect?

All that was left to do was grab my hot glue gun and affix my trees and skaters to the “pond”- aka, my upcycled glass cloche base!

First, I added each vintage bottle brush tree, complete with my now-hard air dry clay base…

Creating a miniature winter scene under an upcycled glass cloche or cheese board for a DIY Christmas centerpiece by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First the trees…

Then I added my vintage ice skater figurines. And I know, the scale isn’t perfect (they’re nearly as tall as my bottle brush trees!), but I just know my Christmas centerpiece idea will be cute no matter what!

Creating a miniature winter scene under an upcycled glass cloche or cheese board for a DIY Christmas centerpiece by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and then the ice skaters!

Winter Scene under a Glass Cloche: A Christmas Centerpiece!

I piled a little bit of faux snow around my trees, replaced the glass cloche on top, and ta-da! A darling little ice skating pond scene…all with a dumpy little upcycled cheese board from the Goodwill.

Upcycling a glass cloche or upcycled cheese board into a miniature winter scene for a Christmas centerpiece idea by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I mean…COME ON WITH THE CUTENESS!

How cute (and different!) is that for a Christmas centerpiece idea? What a wonderful way to repurpose a glass cloche or cheese dome / cheese board from the thrift store.

How to upcycle a glass cloche or cheese board / cheese dome from the thrift store into a winter scene to use as a Christmas centerpiece idea by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Bird’s eye view…

And please be sure to check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled DIY Christmas project ideas for even more festive inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. clickclickmycat says:

    That is adorable! I have a couple of those in my cabinet. I’ve never used them.Now I have the best way as to how. Thanks.

  2. What an inspirational idea! I have a domed cake plate and vintage items from a village scene that I haven’t used in years. I know what I am doing today…

  3. Absolutely fantastic!

  4. Beautiful, you did a terrific job.

  5. Viane North says:

    I love your ice skating dome scene. But what’s killing me about it is I used to own a cheese dome just like that, but I gave it away some years ago. Did you buy it?

    • I still don’t remember you having one of these, oh well. Now that I go thrifting all the time for projects, it’s probably best that I don’t think about all the options that were once in your cabinets (or Grandma’s)!

  6. those little ice skaters are so adorable!! love the cheese dome to ice skating pond upcycle. I really enjoy seeing the items you create from your Goodwill trips!

  7. VERY cute!! 😉

  8. Oh my that is a score and so adorable too! Mele Kalikimaka to you and Your Ohana!

  9. Sarah, this waterless snow globe is so cute!!! You did a great job recreating an ice skated-on-pond look! Those little skaters are a sweet touch. It’s unique…love it!!

  10. I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF DOING THIS WITH A CHEESE DOME! SO COOL!

  11. This is fantastic! I love the little skaters:).

  12. So precious! I love seeing all these firsts you come out with! This is the first time in my life I want… no… NEED a cheese dome… haha

  13. Very cute re-cycle, I love miniatures and this it turned out great!

    Thank you for sharing on http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday-44/

    Happy Holidays!!

  14. VERY cute! I see those cheese domes at the thrift stores all the time! Now I know what to do with one. How fortunate to find ice skaters on Etsy….gotta love that!

  15. Nourish and Nestle says:

    Sarah, this is delightful! So, you are much younger than I am, but way back when I got married, everyone got these covered cheese trays! And of course, everyone eventually gifted them to Goodwill. So now, all of us who had these and donated them will be rushing back to Goodwill to buy them again! How funny is that?! And I admire the ‘creator’ in you to avoid the easy route with the deer…you go creative girl. And truthfully, i really does lend itself to an ice skating rink anyway. Well done!
    Have a fantastic day!

    Lynn

  16. I love this. I’ll never pass up one of the cheese domes at the thrift store again! Pinned it.

  17. Wow, super cute! I will never pass up on a cheese dome again. LOL

  18. Oh yea, this is adorable! Added your Etsy store to my faves, and I added you to those I follow on HT too. 🙂 Happy holidays!
    Rita

  19. This is one of your cutest creations ever! I’d be tempted to leave it out to enjoy all winter long. ADORABLE!! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  20. What a great idea, and you’ve executed it perfectly! I’ll be watching out for op shop cheese board and domes now 🙂 Visiting from A Tray of Bliss x Fiona

  21. Now I’m wishing I hadn’t decluttered my glass dome.

  22. Oh what a cute idea – you have such vision I would never even THINK of doing something so fun to something like this after finding it at a Goodwill – good work girl!

  23. Just when I thought I didn’t need another cheese plate! Love it! & love all the great ideas. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Happy Holidays!!

  24. That’s so creative. It has a classic look to it, which I love! Makes me want to visit thrift shops for finds like yours!

  25. Can I tell ya I just saw two cheese domes yesterday when I was at my fave 2nd hand shop!! These are darling and thanks for telling us about the blog hop! I’ve always enjoyed Country Living! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday, and I’ll be pinning this! 🙂

  26. This is SO cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  27. I absolutely adore this! I must start thrifting!! Great job 🙂

  28. What a great craft! I love it! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! See you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  29. Clever use for an old cheese dome. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  30. I just love everything you create! You have so much imagination and the figure skaters on ice is absolutely too cute!

  31. Thank you for this amazing blog post. I am your daily fan reader )

  32. Very, very cute.

  33. And she does it again – something the rest of us wouldn’t give a second look – BAM – it’s an awesome decoration – Nicely done Sarah! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  34. This is perfect and vintage. What a great idea. I enjoyed reading your post.

  35. Adorable!

  36. Omg!! Sarah! Too adorable!! You are so creative! Thanks for linking up and sharing at DI & DI. I look forward to seeing your posts!

  37. Thanks for sharing this again, precious!!

  38. Oh this is too cute!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  39. Such a great idea! Love all the little trees and figures you put under the dome!

  40. This is adorable Sarah and a great up-cycle!! Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring you at tomorrow’s party.
    Hugs – Kerryanne

  41. Love your skating pond! I think I would use a Dollar Tree mirror, as I’m not too good with paint. Now to find the cheese dome and figures! Thanks for your tutorial!

  42. OMW Sarah, that’s really inventive and soooo cute. You did a great job mimicking the ice and the scratches left by the skates using the paper towels. It looks really good in the photo and I can only imagine how awesome it must look in real life and those little skaters you found on Etsy are just too adorable. Great re-purpose as always

  43. I think all of you have bought up all the cheese domes caz I haven’t found one yet! However, I have my stash of bottle brush trees and a small collection of thrifted matchbox cars and trucks to tie a tree onto with bakery twine. My red trucks got a coat of red nail polish as they were too shabby! I would have been tempted to use a mirror but the scratched up surface is much more realistic! I really love your idea of waterless snow globes–less mess if it breaks, no cloudiness, etc. On the lookout for more deer and winter people besides Santas and old-looking jars/bottles! AND you can use these all winter (which is a LONG time here in Maine!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, I promise you I haven’t- I’ve only bought that one and that was a couple of years ago now! I still find them from time to time on my adventures, but leave them on the shelf for another lucky thrifter. 🙂

  44. Well, if I find more than 1 reasonably priced, I will get them to showcase 1/2 or 1/4 scale dollhouse dioramas! I picked up a 4 room much loved dollhouse curbside this week….oh, yeah, that’s another story!

  45. Kathy Ficocelli says:

    So adorable but also versitale. You could cut out piece of circular material or felt for “floor” and make scenes for every season!

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