DIY cloche and vintage books

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I recently finished this cloche, and I’m totally in love! :)

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I found this cloche for $1.5 and the candlestick for $1 on 50% off Saturday. SCORE!  I knew together they’d make the perfect match. Doesn’t everything look better on a candlestick?

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First things first: PAINT! Once I painted the base and candlestick white I distressed it a little. Then I thought it would be cute to put a little nest inside. I bought some Spanish moss from the $1 store and then put these little blue eggs inside.

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I also made these books (Ballard knock-off). It’s really simple. I bought hardback books from the thrift store (trust me there are hundreds, take your pick). Next I ripped off the backings and added some distressing ink… EVERYWHERE! Then I tied some jute around the books to complete the look.

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Pretty simple and CHEAP. Gotta love that!

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Happy Spring!

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Denissa posted on April 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm (#
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    I love it!! Love the books, I may need to copy! ;) it looks great!

  2. Jo-Anna posted on April 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm (#
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    Looks so pretty! I love cloches!
    Jo-Anna

  3. Jayna Rae posted on April 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm (#
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    Way cute!!! I picked up the same cloche awhile back for $3. I have found that Cali thrift stores must price things higher than in other states. I love what you did with it. I have similar plans, but it is currently in use as a simple cloche. I love the way you set up your vignette too.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm (#
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      Thanks Jayna! That is funny.. it seems like everything is more expensive in cali though. They have some GOOD shopping though!

  4. Janet @ I HEART My Glue Gun posted on April 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm (#
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    This is just so stinkin cute!!!! I keep looking at goodwill for a cloche, but I can’t find one! One day…

    http://www.iheartmygluegun.com

    • Jamielyn posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm (#
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      Just keep your eye out. I seriously found the SAME exact one last week.

  5. Chessa Moore posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm (#
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    Super cute! Love it. After the Royal Wedding I’m heading to the Thrift store!

  6. Natalie posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm (#
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    Cuuute! I agree, everything DOES look better on a candlestick! The books look fabulous!

  7. Terry posted on April 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm (#
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    This so so sweet. I could just eat up those little eggs and they look great on the nest. Beautiful.

  8. Mrs.Grinder posted on April 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm (#
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    so so so very cute! love everything about this! i made some vintage books earlier this spring, so easy to do but yet they really make a statement! xox

  9. angie posted on April 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm (#
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    love it! i did almost the same thing earlier this spring!
    http://thecellardoorstories.blogspot.com/2011/03/cheese-dome-gets-spring-makeover.html

  10. Erica J posted on April 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm (#
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    i love amazing finds at the thrift store! score!

    • Erica J posted on April 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm (#
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      oh and ps. check out a photography giveaway i’m hosting. its the first give away for my new bloggy.

  11. Trulie posted on April 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm (#
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    I Love it so simple and inexpensive but looks expensive CUTE!

  12. Nicole posted on April 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm (#
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    I love the look of the white with the distressing! I was planning on doing my second one with white, but I think I’ll copy you. :) So cute!

  13. Jen posted on April 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm (#
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    Pretty! I just made a cloche yesterday from almost the same one found at the thrift store! So funny! Really wish we lived closer. We could have so much fun shopping! Excuse for a road trip!
    Jen

    • Jamielyn posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm (#
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      haha these must of been a hot item in the 80’s! Yes I wish we lived closer. You are so cute and fun! We would have lots of fun thrifting!

  14. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants posted on April 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm (#
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    I have all three of those exact things sitting in my closet, I need to get busy!

  15. Lindsay posted on April 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm (#
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    What a great idea! I always spot those little cake holders (that’s what I call em) at thrift stores! Turned out beautiful.

    -Lindsay
    Delighted Momma

  16. Lucy posted on April 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm (#
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    So very pretty…I love the colours together…xo
    Lucy

  17. Lindsay Lee posted on April 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm (#
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    I LOVE IT! Adorable for spring :)

  18. Britany Betenson posted on April 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm (#
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    Love it! A LOT! But then I pretty much LOVE everything in your house!! ;)

  19. Jenn posted on April 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm (#
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    This looks so cute! I have been searching for a cloche for months and can’t seem to find one. The books I can do though! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Naturally Me Creations posted on April 29, 2011 at 12:55 am (#
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    I love what you did with the books! I still want to try that out. :)

  21. Nicole posted on April 29, 2011 at 7:31 am (#
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    So cute! You seem like a well seasoned thrifter which is something I’m determined to learn!

  22. Tara posted on April 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm (#
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    Very cute. I love it, thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Lauren posted on April 30, 2011 at 6:42 am (#
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    I am “cloche crazy” — you did a great job on this one by adding the eggs and moss! Love the color scheme and the books! I need to make another trip to the thrift store! Thanks for posting!

  24. Debbie posted on April 30, 2011 at 8:14 am (#
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    I love what you did! And can we ever get enough of a cute cloche? I think not! Love the spring feel, the books, the twine….the white….all of it. Cheap and incredible….the two most funnest things (yes its a word) things about getting ideas from blogs…cheap and incredible. I’m going to try this at home!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

  25. Karen posted on April 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm (#
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    That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea posted on May 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm (#
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    What a great little project – it is so cute & adorable for Spring!

  27. Mary @ Redo 101 posted on May 5, 2011 at 5:09 am (#
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    are you kidding me, I’m in love with your cloche!!! And I love the price – nothing beats a thrifty find (except free, right?!). I’m especially interested in the way you distressed your books, first time I’ve ever seen that, and am so wanting to do it. I’m off to paint my candlestick and plate now (bought at dollar store) to go with my cheese dome thingie – thanks for sharing your ideas, they are really good looking!

    Mary
    Redo 101

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm (#
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      Ah thank you, you are so sweet! You can get the distressing ink at Jo-Anns. I got the walnut color. There’s no real technique. I just kind of brushed the pad lightly across the books. Good luck with your cloche! I’d love to see it after!

  28. Amanda posted on May 5, 2011 at 9:14 am (#
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    This looks lovely, I have a cheese dome like this, never thought of putting it on a candle stick, great idea, thanks for sharing.

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm (#
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      Thank you!! It’s true… I love candlesticks, but usually not for candles. ;)

  29. Alison posted on May 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm (#
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    Love this!! Its one of my picks for Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Alison

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm (#
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      yay! thank you! :)

  30. Ginger posted on May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm (#
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    Gaaahhh! I love the old books! I am totally going to make some of those. I have featured you on my linky “laundry list” from this week!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm (#
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      oo me too!! :) Thanks for the feature!

  31. Jen posted on May 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm (#
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    So creative and lovely :)

  32. Jill posted on May 19, 2011 at 11:20 am (#
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    I was very inspired by this when I saw it on Thrifty Decor Chick. I headed to the Dollar Tree for $1 hard covers and into JoAnn Frabrics for some kind blue something to add to it…I found the exact blue bird ball for $1.97 on clearance…score!!!

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm (#
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      ah thank you! that is so awesome!! i love getting a good deal! :)

  33. Gail posted on May 20, 2011 at 6:01 am (#
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    Cute and clever

  34. Rhoda Kidd posted on December 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm (#
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    So funny! A LOT! I headed to the Dollar Tree for $1 hard covers and into JoAnn Frabrics for some kind blue something to add to it…I found the exact blue bird ball for $1.97 on clearance…score!!!

  35. Gloria posted on March 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm (#
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    I linked your project to my blog. Made something very similar today! feel free to check it out. Your cloche is really sweet!