Create an easy Valentine’s Day cloche display in no time with just a few simple and inexpensive items.
Hello friends! I am excited to be joining my friend Cindy of County Road 407 and a wonderful group of blogging friends for another Pinterest challenge! If you are coming over from Everyday Edits or if you are just stopping by for a visit, I am so happy to have you here! Each month Cindy chooses a photo from Pinterest for inspiration, then each of the hop participants comes up with her own interpretation using similar elements, but with a bit of personal flair too.
Our inspiration this month is this adorable vintage Valentine cloche display by Birgit at Crafting While I Wait. Here are the elements she used:
- glass cloche
- cloche base
- vintage Valentine
- thread spools
- craft paper
- Valentine cake topper/paper embellishement
- Ribbon or string and a tag
This is such a simple collection of items for creating an adorable Valentine’s Day cloche Display!
Here’s how I created a similar Vintage Valentine Cloche Display:
- Miscellaneous Valentine’s Day and Craft Items
I started by gathering some bits and bobs from my Valentine’s decor and craft stash. I figured I would just play around until I came up with something I liked that was similar to Brigit’s cloche.
- Glass Cloche and Base
I used my French farmhouse wooden pedestal that is usually the base for a large cloche I have been using in my kitchen built-in cubby. Instead of the larger cloche, I swiped a similar, smaller glass cloche from the living room for the topper since it looks more like the one in the challenge photo.
*Thrifty style tip: No cloche? No problem! You can also use a large glass jar or a hurricane candle lamp to create a “cloche” display.
- Antique Valentine
I have several beloved vintage and antique Valentines, but this heart shaped one is most similar to the one in the inspiration photo.
This wonderful antique Valentine was a gift from my sweet blogger friend Emily of Le Cultivateur. She has a fabulous collection of vintage Valentines!
It is over 100 years old!
Isn’t it so precious?
If you enjoy all the beautiful details and sweet sentiments of old ephemera as much as I do, you will certainly want to check out my Lovely Vintage and Antique Valentines to see more of my collection.
*Thrifty Style Tip: If you don’t have any vintage Valentines, there are plenty of free printables online!
- Old Buttons
Birgit filled the base of her cloche with ivory buttons. I used buttons as more of a scatter in my cloche. These ivory vintage buttons are very special, as they are part of a small collection that belonged to my great grandmother with a few that my grandmother added in.
- Cupcake Toppers and Spools Wrapped with Ribbon
Many years ago I picked up a couple of vintage Valentine’s Day cupcake/cake toppers at a yard sale for a quarter. I have previously used this “To My Valentine” topper in Valentine’s Day vignettes.
This is the first time I have really used the little heart cupcake topper as part of a Valentine’s Day craft or vignette. Using the challenge photo as inspiration, I simply stuck it down in a small vintage thread spool. Instead of thread, I wrapped the spool with my favorite vintage-looking crocheted lace ribbon from Dollar Tree and just draped the excess ribbon around inside the cloche.
I wrapped another small vintage thread spool in red velvet ribbon and let the excess drape around similar to the lace ribbon. Because my thread spools were small, they needed some height. I used three stacked vintage butterpats to elevate the spool with lace. The red velvet wrapped spool was hard to see initially, so I had to hunt for something to elevate it a bit.
- Personal Touches
I shopped my house and found these little birds in the living room. The spool was a bit small for the opening and kept falling in, so I used vintage pearls tucked down inside to help prop the spool up a bit. Pearls, lace, red velvet ribbon and buttons are always good choices for vintage Valentine’s Day crafts and vignettes.
I just love these thrifted little birds! I first shared them as part of the entry way vintage cabinet vignette in My 100 Year-Old Kentucky Home Christmas Tour.
Can you believe that I had added the birds to the cloche without realizing that this cake topper has love birds on it? I couldn’t really make out the love bird design until I was editing the photo of the cake topper and zoomed in closer.
It always amazes me how these little details seem to come together at the last minute!
Almost finished. Hmm…What was I forgetting?
- Cloche Topper Bow and Key
Oh yes, the little red bow on top! I tied some shiny red ribbon in a bow, then tied on a tiny vintage key from my stash of vintage keys and hardware for extra personalization.
- Extra Valentine’s Day Romance (“mood lighting”)
A string of fairy lights wrapped around the outside of the cloche like a wreath creates a little extra Valentine romance and ambiance in the evening.
Brigit filled a milk bottle with buttons as part of her vignette. I chose to finish out mine with two vintage, mismatched thrifted brass candle holders with thrifted cut glass votive holders balancing each side.
Of course as a music teacher I can never resist adding some little ode to music in my Valentine decor. My vintage sheet music heart garland was an easy finishing touch to this vignette. The was a gift from my dear Instagram friend Becky of Sweet Cottage Dreams. She has a wonderful account full of vintage goodness!
You might recognize the garland from my DIY Shabby Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath.
I will be doing a little more Valentine’s Day decorating in the upcoming weeks, so please plan to stop by again or subscribe by email so you don’t miss a post. I love getting to know you better!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my interpretation of this month’s Pinterest challenge and that it has inspired you to create your own Valentine’s Day cloche display. Please click through all the links at the end of this post to see what my talented blogging friends have come up with. I know you will be inspired!
In closing, I will leave you with this beautiful verse that Brigit shared at the end of her post:
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ” Ephesians 3 17-19
My friends, I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of light, love, health and happiness. Thanks for visiting today!