Glass cloches add charming Old World style to holiday decorating

Glass cloches add Old World charm to holiday decor

According to Horticulture Educator Gretchen Voyle of Michigan State University, a modern day decorating staple, glass cloches, can actually trace their history back to Italy some 400 years ago.

Originally intended to provide frost protection for tender plants and seedlings, glass cloches work like mini-greenhouses in the garden. “The French readily adopted the cloche, followed by English and Dutch gardeners. Even Thomas Jefferson employed the use of glass cloches in the vast gardens at Monticello,” says Voyle.

Today, these garden tools are more often employed to create charming vignettes and tablescapes indoors. And, I love to use glass cloches all year long and simply change the featured items – bird nests in the spring, seashells in the summer, and wonderful fall foliage, gourds, nuts and berries in the fall.

This Thanksgiving, add a cloche to your Thanksgiving table or home décor. It’s easy! And, I’ve showcased some of my favorite ideas above.

Below you will find some shopping options. When searching for the perfect cloche, there are many factors to consider including the thickness of the glass, the addition or absence of a top knob for handling, and the base (if there is one included). Also, if ordering online, pay particular attention to dimensions, which can be deceiving in a photo.

Or, make your own! Invert a properly shaped glass or vase onto a plate, footed cake stand, silver platter, cheese board or pie tin. (Dollar Tree, AC Moore and Michaels Crafts are good hunting grounds for very inexpensive pieces that are appropriately shaped and can be used as DIY cloches.)

To see even more inspiration and ideas for decorating with glass cloches this Thanksgiving, please visit Susan’s Thanksgiving on Pinterest!


Give thanks (for great home style) with charming glass cloches!

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