January 4, 2010

Candy + Sea Shells + Coffee Filters = Cloche?????




My oldest daughter, Alex,  loves Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.  That is the only candy that she requests every year for her stocking.  And, of course, Santa brings it – He She likes it too!!!

This year he brought it in a bell shaped plastic container.  I knew before the candy was gone that it would be going in my craft box.



Questions were raised about my mental state when I asked G-Man not to throw away the container!  “You are going to do what with it??”  



Knowing that it would make the perfect cloche, I had to decide how to proceed.

Since everybody seems to have the winter doldrums, I thought I would create a summery cloche.  So, out came the box of sea shells and why not add some used coffee filters that everybody is using in creative ways lately!



I started by cutting out a piece of card board the same size as the base. 



I used a coffee filter to cover the top of the cardboard circle, and then glued another one on the bottom, bringing it over to the top to create a ruffle effect on the base.

It looks like baked filo dough here!!!




I couldn’t get all the glue off of the top of the bell where the bow was attached, so I decided to build a seashell finial to hide it.  

I started out with a shell that has little cups on it (don’t know scientific name).  I glued longer, twisty ones (these either!) inside the cups.



I glued the finial to the top of the dome, adding troca pearled shells to fill it out.




I happened to have a little footed trivet that fits the base perfectly.



A starfish is perfect to use as an easel for the flat glittered shell.

Sand around the starfish would have added a great touch.


It’s hard to stop playing when I’m in crafter’s mode.

So, I tried….

photos of the kids when they were little – couldn’t find a beach photo!



And,  this little porcelain cup belonged to my mother when she was young!


I am leaving the little cup in it for now.  I have been missing my mom a lot lately.


I am joining the following parties this week:


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   Make It For Monday                                                 Met Monday



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Before and After Party                                              It’s So Very Creative




         DIY Day        



Just Something I Whipped Up


2nd Time Around Tuesday



     Get Your Craft on!                              



  Penny Pinching Party


Thanks to all of the hostesses for these parties.  If you would like to see a lot more creativity, you can check them out.  The links will be blue when the party has started.



  1. Super cute idea! It really looks great. Love the use of coffee filters!

  2. Love the cloche!! It is so fun to repurposing things and you have done a great job!

  3. This looks fabulous! Great thinking. The finial is gorgeous and I love all the little tresures you put inside especially the picture - adorable.

  4. Oh, perfect! I have about 300 coffee filters to use, also. Have to find out what to do with them! (purchased to ship cookies safely)

  5. This is waaay cute..love that you used that cute little bell shaped candy holder.
    I've not heard of anything using used coffee filters....guess you are gonna have to do a post, showing a few more ideas!! :O)
    And, of course, I have to follow you so I won't miss the post!! haaha...
    xo bj

  6. Wow how talented you are my friend. Never in a million years would I have come up with this and it turned out really lovely.
    Neat that you shared it with us

  7. Hi Rhonda ~
    I am sorry you miss your Mom :o( I also think it is so neat that you do miss her, cause it means you so LOVE her....
    I love your cloche and I will have to remember that next year - great excuse to buy that candy !
    HUgs ~ Kammy

  8. What a clever project...and I love that one can eat candy while creating it :-) what could be better? happy New Year

  9. Rhonda-From chocolates to summer cloche--wow! You are definitely in a creative mode. I love it and it is just the thing to remind us that spring and warmer weather will eventually come.

  10. Now THAT is crafting at it's best girlie, you are so creative, and that turned out absolutely adorable!!! Clever, Clever, Clever, I LOVE it!
    Hugs ♥ Teresa

  11. I love it! Dang it though, now I have to go eat the whole thing worth of chocolates to get it!

  12. Why you crafty lady you..now your daughter will surely get that chocolate all the time since you can use the container :)
    looks good.

  13. Rhonda,
    I just love this. My favorite part is the finial! It is just neat! I love all seashell things and this ranks as a favorite! Thanks so much for sharing and a tutorial!!!

  14. Rhonda, You are so flippin' creative! Who would of thought of coffee filters and a candy container! Too cute!

  15. Rhonda,
    You did a great job, love it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Too cute. I've seen those candy holders too. Someone needs to buy me candy. I really like the picture added to it.

  17. I swear...you never cease to amaze me...how darling!!!I wish you could shoot me a few of your creative genes. It seems all I am good for is buying stuff other people create. I would love to make a few goodies of my own!!!

    I am drooling over the cabinet it is sitting on...beautiful!!!

    I will keep visiting and hoping that your talent rubs off on me;)!!!


  18. You just gave me a reason to buy my favorite candy. I can't wait to eat the yumminess then make this beauty. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  19. This is just wonderful, it turned out gorgeous!!
    I love all of the different vignettes inside, although the sweet cup is extra special! I'd leave that piece inside... as a reminder of the love for your Mother!
    Have a beautiful day!

  20. Love your cloche! So creative..., it can be used to create all kinds of "scapes".

    Thanks so much for placing the button for the giveaway!!

  21. Wow! How clever. You never know what you can see in something you would normally trash. Beautiful cloche!

  22. My friend that has three children under the age of three wanted apothecary jars that were plastic (for obvious reasons!). So I have been hunting for them. I finally found some filled with candy. I gave them to her, but told her that I was keeping the candy! Is that wrong? :)
    I love what you've done to your new cloche! I never would have thought of using coffee filters to line the bottom, but it looks really cool! You have a wonderful, creative eye Rhonda!

  23. Oh that is just so ridiculously clever I can't stand it! Very cute! I have got to start looking at trash in different way.

  24. Hi, Rhonda ...

    I admire your creativeness, and especially love the way you displayed your mother's cow cup. Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas with us.

  25. ~WOW! Rhonda this is so beautiful and very creative. You are talented my friend. Love it!

    Many blessings to you in 2010! ~Melissa :)

  26. Oh my word how smart and how creative. The coffee filter cracked me up. Would never have guessed. And would never have guessed the cloche part. How smart you are.
    Thanks for sharing your craftiness. I need to visit you again and see how smart you are!
    Have a great 2nd time Tuesday. I have a non crafty post up. Come over.

  27. I don't like those candies, but I am now on a *hunt* for that container!! That is gorgeous!

  28. This looks GREAT!!! Love it!

    And it is sentimental too....I miss my mom too...

    Lou Cinda :)

  29. what a great idea! i guess i need to go get me some candy! thanks for sharing!

  30. Love the idea!!! I too save those containers to repurpose!! Yours is very creative indeed!

    Warm Hugs,

  31. Love it....You are wonderful...Love finding new blogs.....enjoyed reading yours tonight.. Happy New Year


  32. What a great idea!

    I am so glad I found your blog in 2009 because now I can get inspired for 2010!

    Have a good week,

  33. Yes, yes I do love ferrero rocher!! They are a perfect mouthful of sweetness!

  34. It is so fun to repurposing things and you have done a great job!

    Work from home India

  35. Wow! You are so clever and creative. I am kicking myself for throwing out my ferrero rocher bell! (Now I have an excuse to purchase another one - on clearance now to boot!) This is beautiful. I love the use of shells. Kudos to you! Thank you for sharing.

  36. Yay. You are my hero! I have been searching for just the right cloche to join a cloche party. I needed one with this shape, and have not been able to find it. So now I know what to do till I find it. Yay (again)!

  37. What a beautiful blog and a wonderful idea! Wow, this is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  38. OMG no way, I can't believe how that started it's life. Now I am kicking myself for not buying one of those at the after holiday sales. I love the beachy theme and how it would be relatively "safe" around my three year old. At least I wouldn't have to worry about glass breaking.

  39. What a fabulous vision you had ~ from candy box to this beautiful result. And I love the way you used the coffee filters. Lovely project!


  40. I love it! I'll be featuring you tomorrow at my Penny Pinching Party.

  41. I am a bit late but I love the summer cloche! It is so unique and you are a clever lady with a beautiful daughter (Alex). I am so glad I meet both of you through the blog. Have wonderful Thursday! :)

  42. Now that's using your old nogin (sp. ?) It is just adorable. I remember seeing those bells at the holidays and now wish I'd picked up a couple. You should feel very proud of yourself ! Nice job.


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