I love to go into a dollar store and look for a fun item to make over. A few days ago I found some small metal mesh trash cans and immediately thought of a metal cloche.
Here is the trash can that I bought for one dollar
My first step was to cut off the bottom of the trash can with kitchen shears (you know the ones that are supposed to cut a penny in two).
Next I used needle nose pliers to squeeze the openings together on the cut end. I squeezed every space on the first coupe of rows, then every other space on the next row, then about every third space until a nice domed area was formed.
I thought maybe I could get the opening completely closed with twine woven into the holes, but that didn’t work very well. The new plan was to cover the hole with burlap.
I left the twine in the holes to give the glue a little more to hold onto, and it was just too much trouble to take it out anyway.
I placed a piece of burlap over the top and cut the burlap in a circle about an inch bigger than the hole. Next I cut a second burlap circle a little smaller than the first to go on the inside of the cloche and sewed a zig zap stitch around the circles to keep them from raveling.
I hot glued the large circle on the outside, and the smaller one on the inside.
My Mom had just given me some vintage glass-topped screw in insulators that belonged to my dad, and this would be the perfect handle! I used an awl to create a hole between the strands of burlap. Cutting into the burlap might make the area too weak to hold the insulator. I then poked the tip of the insulator into the burlap hole and used E5000 glue to keep the insulator in place. To give the handle a little more strengh I placed a metal disk on the inside of the cloche and glued it to the tip of the insulator.
And ta da! Here is the finished cloche. I’m very happy with it!