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Illuminated Spider Cloches



I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to test Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint and adhesive silkscreens (available at Michaels). I received a huge box of glass paints, silkscreens, tools, and total creative freedom to make whatever I wanted. We’ve got Halloween on the brain around here, so I couldn’t help myself from making something a little creepy. Take a look at these spider cloches and check out how easy they are to make…

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Transform plain cylinder vases into spooky spider cloches.

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Use your cloche to hold anything you like. Since Halloween is approaching, we chose plastic spiders, but you could also use small pumpkins, photos, leaves, flowers – whatever catches your eye.

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With the flip of a switch, these light up for evening use.

For this project I used:

Plaid Supplies:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™  Metallic Opaque Glass Paint, Black Nickel
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Silkscreen
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glass Paint Stenciling Tools

    Other Supplies:

  • Foam paint brush
  • Two glass cylinder vases
  • Two drawer pulls
  • Two battery-operated tea lights
  • High strength hot glue
  • Removable adhesive putty
  • Plastic spiders

 

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For this project I wanted the tops of the cloches to look like they were capped in metal, so I chose to work with Martha Stewart Crafts™ Metallic Opaque Glass Paint in Black Nickel and a delicate filigree-style silkscreen from the same line.

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Clean and dry vase. Turn vase upside down and apply adhesive silkscreen to the glass at about 1-inch down from the base. Using the foam pouncer (a cylindrical sponge perfect for this project and also by the Martha Stewart Craft brand), dab on a layer of paint. Apply a second coat if necessary.

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Remove silkscreen while paint is still wet. Allow to dry and continue the pattern all the way around the circumference of the vase.

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Using a brush, paint the base of the vase and take the paint down the sides to meet the stencil line.

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This is what your project should look like at this stage.

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Glue on a drawer pull.

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Attach a battery-operated tea light to the interior base of the vase with removable adhesive putty (available in the same aisle you would find picture hanging supplies).

Place your cloche over a huge plastic spider and creep out your kids.

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Everybody in the house loved these – I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Glass Paints and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Discussion

  1. Erin @ DIY On the Cheap  September 14, 2012

    Very clever! I love this idea. Great job!

  2. Kat  September 14, 2012

    Yet another genius idea! I really like the vintage feel of the cloches.

  3. Tonya Staab  September 14, 2012

    Brilliant! I think I need to make these for the center of our table.

  4. Morena  September 14, 2012

    I love this idea!! So clever!

  5. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline  September 14, 2012

    Wow…I am going to try to make one of these!

  6. radmegan  September 14, 2012

    SPOOKY! I love it! Great job!

  7. Darcie  September 14, 2012

    LOVE THIS!!! I like that you could use the illuminated cloches for other non-halloween projects later….

  8. Wendy  September 20, 2012

    These are SUPER cool! I think I’ll have to make some!

  9. Steff  September 27, 2012

    That brown spider looks WAY too real.
    Pardon me while I change my underwear.
    Now… that’s one fantastic idea! Obviously I wouldn’t use spiders (those lights flicker, right? Making the critters look alive? Erm, no, thanks!) but I am drooling over the whole “fake cloche” idea. Genius!
    Pretty sure I could pull it off with acrylic paint, as I am a terrible penny pincher an we have loads of paints knocking about.
    Gotta give this one a try!

    • camilla  September 27, 2012

      Ha! Too funny! I say give it a try with the paint you have and see how it works. Sometimes these things turn out OK. Let me know 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Camilla

  10. Nienke  October 6, 2012

    Crazy! Love it!