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…

Transform plain cylinder vases into spooky spider cloches.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Glue on a drawer pull.

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.

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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  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!