DIY cloche and vintage books



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



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?


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.


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.


Pretty simple and CHEAP. Gotta love that!


Happy Spring!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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44 comments on “DIY cloche and vintage books”

  1. I love it!! Love the books, I may need to copy! ;) it looks great!

  2. Looks so pretty! I love cloches!

  3. 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.

  4. This is just so stinkin cute!!!! I keep looking at goodwill for a cloche, but I can’t find one! One day…

  5. Super cute! Love it. After the Royal Wedding I’m heading to the Thrift store!

  6. Cuuute! I agree, everything DOES look better on a candlestick! The books look fabulous!

  7. This so so sweet. I could just eat up those little eggs and they look great on the nest. Beautiful.

  8. 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. i love amazing finds at the thrift store! score!

  10. I Love it so simple and inexpensive but looks expensive CUTE!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. I have all three of those exact things sitting in my closet, I need to get busy!

  14. What a great idea! I always spot those little cake holders (that’s what I call em) at thrift stores! Turned out beautiful.

    Delighted Momma

  15. So very pretty…I love the colours together…xo

  16. I LOVE IT! Adorable for spring :)

  17. Love it! A LOT! But then I pretty much LOVE everything in your house!! ;)

  18. 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!

  19. Naturally Me Creations Reply

    I love what you did with the books! I still want to try that out. :)

  20. So cute! You seem like a well seasoned thrifter which is something I’m determined to learn!

  21. Very cute. I love it, thanks for the inspiration.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea Reply

    What a great little project – it is so cute & adorable for Spring!

  26. Mary @ Redo 101 Reply

    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!

    Redo 101

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes Reply

      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!

  27. 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 Reply

      Thank you!! It’s true… I love candlesticks, but usually not for candles. ;)

  28. Love this!! Its one of my picks for Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  29. 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!

  30. So creative and lovely :)

  31. 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!!!

  32. Cute and clever

  33. 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!!!

  34. I linked your project to my blog. Made something very similar today! feel free to check it out. Your cloche is really sweet!

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