It’s time for this months Pinterest challenge and I’m joining in the fun my Fall Cloche With Raffia Pumpkins. Do you use cloches in your decor? There are tons of ways to use them for seasonal decorating, and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for fall decorating.
Just in case you’re new here…every month our amazing host Cindy of County Road 407, selects an inspiration photo for us to recreate. Each participant puts their own spin on the photo according to our individual style of decorating. The best part is seeing how everyone interprets the image, and we always have an interesting variety.
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This months challenge photo comes from Beth of Home Stories A to Z. Beth’s cloche centerpiece from a fall home tour is our inspiration. Be sure to click through to see the complete tablescape, and her beautiful surrounding room.
Here’s a list of elements I’m pulling from the inspirational photo.
- glass cloche
- wood base
- pressed glass
Fall Cloche With Raffia Pumpkins
Part of my personal challenge is using what I already have around the house as much as possible. The exceptions are fresh flowers, and occasionally supplies for crafts.
You may find this hard to believe, but I don’t have any faux pumpkins, not one. With no real baby boo pumpkins in sight for at least a month, I using raffia to make a pumpkins to fit inside a glass cloche.
I have a step by step guide if you want to make some too. First you’ll need a two ounce package of raffia, which is enough to make three small pumpkins. If you want to make really dense ones, then I suggest buying two packages.
My pumpkins are kind of wispy looking, so it’s a good thing they’re in protective cloche.
Start by tying the raffia strings together at one end (figure 1), then make small loops holding them tightly in one hand. You can tie each loop, or just hold tightly in your hand and tie them all at once (figure 2 & 3).
To create a stem, I left some of untrimmed raffia sticking up on top of the pumpkin. You can trim off the raffia (figure 4) for a flat surface or add a short stick for a stem. However if you’re going to stack the raffia pumpkins as I have, then you may not want a stem.
To keep your pumpkin tower straight, insert a short bamboo skewer down the center.
Pinterest Challenge Cloche
The wood base for my cloche is not a good color for this vignette, so I’m using a cutting board instead. Using a cutting board gives me a little more room to add acorns and a pinecone. For a bit more elevation, I’m using one of my favorite decorating books City Farmhouse Style, which I highly recommend. It’s a great resource for styling vintage finds.
If you click through the inspiration link, you will notice a line of pressed glass vases and hydrangeas down the center of the table. That’s where I got the idea to use a glass bowl to display pinecones. This is one of the reasons why I love the monthly PC, because I’m inspired to try new things.
As for the hydrangeas, I’m grouping them together in a vase that I recently updated with chalked paint. I got the idea from my own post, How To Create Vases With Chalk Paint. Who knew a green glass vase could look like ceramic! 😉
The violet colored hydrangeas were not what I was hoping to find, however the unusual deep color turned out really pretty.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration you’re going to love!
Next on our Pinterest challenge is Katie of Let’s Add Sprinkles sharing a cute wire cloche. Please enjoy clicking through all the links in our list below.