DIY Cake Dome & Cloche Jars
Recently I was engaged in a frustrating search for a specific sized cloche jar, visiting practically every chain store and local antique shop to no avail. One night, as my red-rimmed eyes scanned yet another page of online shop results, I realized I had the choice between spending beaucoup bucks for the perfect glass cloche or just making one. Oh, if only I had thought of that at the beginning of my epic hunt! Shopping for the supplies and actually making my own glass dome took way less time than even looking for one online. Who knew?
-cylindrical glass hurricane: 4" x 4" x 6"- $3, 6" x 6" x 8"- $6, 8" x 8" x4'- $6
-plate or round plaque sized to fit glass hurricane: small wood plaque- $1.17, small wood plate- $2.69, -large wood plate: $4.19
-wood knob: approximately $1
-glass-safe super glue: $3 for a small tube that you can reuse
Total Cost: $8-$14
-cutting board oil: $5
-steel wool (superfine 0000 grade): $1.67
Total Cost with Optional Supplies: $15-$21
Tip: You can use multiple coats of oil on the plate for a more durable finish, but typically each coat of sealer requires a 24-hour cure time, so this can draw out the timeline of your project.
Tip: When you're finished sealing the wood, you may choose to sand down it down with superfine steel wool for a silky finish, but this step is optional.
Step Two: Apply super glue to the bottom of the knob, being careful not to get the glue close to the edge. Try to place it in the very center of the bottom of the hurricane. This will be the top of your dome. You may need to move the knob around slightly to get it perfectly centered, which is why keeping glue from the edges is helpful to avoid visible glue.
For the cake stand below, I added a clear, glass prep bowl to give it some height.
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.