Upcycled Cheese Dome Cloche for Autumn

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Seasons change and so does our decor along with it, right? One could easily take a shopping cart and head to the nearest box store and fill up with what’s in stock. However, I love the challenge of creating my own decor from unwanteds, thrifted finds, and incorporating natural elements. To share with you how my mind’s eye works, I’m going to demonstrate what I did with this upcycled cheese dome and a few other cast offs. Let’s have some crafty fun!

Thrifted Cheese Dome & Finds Before Recreation by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you’re looking at is the aforementioned cheese dome, a large candle pillar, a broken leaf rake handle, and an empty mint tin. Now, before you think I’ve fallen off my proverbial rocker, hang with me. I’m looking to create a whimsical centerpiece for my fall tablescape and this loot is gonna help me do it. {{fist pump}}

First, I yank the lid off that mint tin and spray paint the bottom with a fun red paint color and let cure. Do you see a little red wagon forming?

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Meanwhile, while I’m waiting on the paint, I begin to assemble the base of my wagon.

TERMS OF USE: when you build these wagon and pumpkins, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own.

  1. Use a coping saw to cut wheels from the rake handle.
  2. Use a coping saw to cut dowel axles, and a drill to make center holes. Add wood glue to wheels and let dry.
  3. Tap in upholstery tacks to make wheel hubs.
  4. Use battery-operated glue gun and Gorilla Glue Sticks to assemble axle to chassis. These glue sticks are the best! Set the chassis aside until later.

Mini Wagon Assembly by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once my little chassis setup was cured, I chose a couple of different spray paints to make an aged layer look.

Afterward, I began to assemble my upcycled cheese dome cloche. Simply use the hot glue and attach the large candle pillar to the bottom of the cheese dome base as shown.

Gluing Large Candle Holder onto Thrifted Cheese Dome | prodigalpieces.com

To get a feel for the look I’m after, you can see my process in my video below and in this post. Come take a peek and follow yours truly on YouTube.

Next, it’s time to flip it over and make it look cohesive using this Nutmeg spray paint. Isn’t it a pretty color? It makes the perfect neutral base. To begin, I clean the base and wipe down the gold pedestal with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.

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I set up my Small Spray Shelter and my turntable and give it two coats of paint, letting it cure in between. Once all is ready, I use this Vintage Effect Wash in White to give it a glazed look. It helps add texture and dimension I’m after.

Whitewashing Cheese Dome Cloche Base in DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in White | prodigalpieces.com

I brushed it on with my Square Brush and the gently wiped off any excess with a soft cloth. In the meantime, while it’s drying it’s time for more crafty fun. Yeehaw!

Does anyone else have a strong affinity for Sculpey? In particular, my kids and I are sure addicts and love to use to create most anything. We typically buy this sampler pack of colors, but I also couldn’t resist this beautiful color called Tranquility. Big surprise it’s aqua…right? tee hee.

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Since we’re going for an autumn vibe today, I’m all about making mini pumpkins for my mini wagon we’re assembling up above. Likewise, if you want to make some too, just roll up a small ball until soft and malleable. Next, press a small indentation in the top, and then use a toothpick to run down the sides creating those yummy pumpkin creases.

Making Mini Sculpey Pumpkins by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I chose to use the Sculpey colors for pumpkins, gourds, and stems: translucent, sweet potato, tranquility, dark brown, jewelry gold, and leaf green. Making gourds are fun too! Simply add a stem when your pumpkins are made and bake following the instructions on the packaging.

Once all your pieces are painted, baked, glued and ready to go, it’s time to assemble it all. Are you ready to see my fall tablescape fun?

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DIY Cheese Dome Cloche for Upcycled Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Oh what fun I had creating this upcycled cheese dome into a multi-purpose cloche. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be filled just for fall. I can use it in my kitchen decor, any holiday or season, or even in the bathroom or bedroom as a touch of whimsy. What would you fill it with? I’m thinking a nest, mini books, music pages and a tiny collection. So many ideas!

DIY Farmhouse Cloche Made from Upcycled Cheese Dome by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Take a peek at what’s under the cloche…

Create a Mini Wagon Using an Altoid Tin and Some Creative Fun | Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Adorable Mini Wagon made from Upcycled Altoid Tin and Sculpey Pumpkins by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In addition, my little wagon got a bit of wax, a handle made from an old wire hanger, and a couple of Popsicle sticks made into tiny signs. eep! I love it! Even my tiny pumpkins got a bit of wax for depth too.

Just for fun, I even made a mini hay bale using raffia. Of course, I couldn’t resist layering bit on the bottom of the cloche.

Absolutely Cute Mini Red Altoid Tin Wagon with Handmade Sculpey Pumpkins by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room Fall Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My tablescape includes a runner made from a vintage table cloth cut lengthwise, a burlap runner layered on top with a piece of scrap from our kitchen countertops (reclaimed hickory) as a base. I have natural abaca placemats under my plate setting, the same as I offer in my shop. Our favorite canning jar glasses add that farmhouse style I adore. My antique canning crocks are filled with wheat and chrysanthemums. And, I even used a few vintage linen napkins – some of my favorite finds.

Farmhouse Autumn Tablescape with Natural Elements by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Canning Jar Filled with Wheat and Chrysanthemums for Fall Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

All in all, it’s extremely fun for me to create decor using my imagination and what’s at hand. Do you do the same too? I’d love to hear some of your favorite decor tricks and stories.

Handmade Farmhouse Style Dining Table with Fall Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Decor with Tips from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While we are fast approaching the turning of summer to fall (my favorite season), I hope you find joy wherever you are. It truly is a wonderful time of harvest, the earth taking a rest, and time to rest ourselves too.

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Well, I hope you are inspired to give your own decor a big DIY try. Invite others to join you in your adventure – make it a group thing!

Farmhouse Pumpkin Cloche with Mini Wagon DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you’d like to purchase my upcycled cheese dome cloche, you can find it and my other handmade goodies in my shop HERE. (SOLD)

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Oh how cute!! This upcycled cheese dome turned farmhouse style cloche is perfect for creating vignettes for fall, winter, summer, spring and more. Get the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #fall #home #homedecor #crafts

Up next, this pile of “would be trash” (aka. #trashure) will be getting a whole new life.  See their new life HERE.

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26 Comments

  • Susan

    Oh my gosh that is adorable❣️❣️❣️ Your house looks beautiful Larissa!

    September 20, 2018 at 6:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! You’re so fun, Susan. Thank you. I had a blast!

      September 20, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Trish

    OH my goodness Larissa, that was such a clever project. I absolutely love the cheese dome makeover. Very clever.

    September 20, 2018 at 6:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sure do know how to make my day, Trish. Thank you!

      September 20, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
  • Janette Deans

    Hi Larissa, How fabulous, you did a wondwerful job as always, your table looks gorgeous..x

    September 20, 2018 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Janette! Thank you for the love and sweet words.

      September 20, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Becky

    This is SO CUTE it is ridiculous!!! I’ve seen a lot of fall action from all the bloggers out there, and it’s pretty, but this is the only one I find I MUST do myself, TODAY! SO CUTE!!! I love it! Excuse me, gotta get the clay out…

    September 20, 2018 at 7:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me LOL, Becky! That is AWESOME to hear. Thank you so much! And have fun!

      September 20, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Tracey

    This has got to be the cutest ever!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yippee!! You are so fun!

      September 20, 2018 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Love the mini pumpkins and wagon. So creative.

    September 20, 2018 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m slightly addicted to mini. tee hee!

      September 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Barb

    You crack me up. Looking at your stash made me scratch my head. What can she do with that stuff and not have something tacky? Was I shocked! That is just too cute and the only original thing I’ve seen for fall. Something I’d want to make and I have everything already except the candle holder and Sculpey. Time to craft!

    September 20, 2018 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      woot! I just love having fun with my stash. I hope you have fun!

      September 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Sheila Edgerton

    I have a collection of tins but I didn’t know what to do with them. Now, I know! Super cute!

    September 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Score for you! 😀

      September 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Lynda

    You are so clever!! Love it!

    September 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so, Lynda.

      September 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    So cute! I adore your wagon, now I will have to go out and buy mints and quickly eat them up lol! You have sold me on Sculpey also, that will be on my next shopping list hahah!

    September 21, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha!! You made me LOL! Thank you for the giggle and the love. 😀

      September 24, 2018 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Mary

    You are so resourceful Larissa. This came out so pretty!

    September 22, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. Truly fun to create from cast-offs.

      September 24, 2018 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, I just love all the beautiful things that went along with decorating the gorgeous cloche you made!! I’m a sucker for classic radio flyer wagons and those little pumpkins 🎃 are just perfect!!

    September 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Kaycee. They are just a classic goodie, so you can see why I had to make one. Yay!

      September 24, 2018 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Lorna Erickson

    Genius idea! I love your Fall table setting. So natural and pretty.

    October 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot! Thank you, Lorna. 🙂

      October 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm Reply

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