Here’s the deal. I bought these adorable itty bitty cake plate stands a few months ago, and I have been itching to find them adorable glass cloche pieces for the top. I have searched and searched in vain. Then I thought, maybe I could somehow make them? Well, I am not a glass artisan, but I sure know how to use fabric stiffener! I am dying over how cute they turned out, and I can’t wait to put them into action at a party!
Here’s what you need to make a crochet cake plate cloche of your own:
I found the glass knobs and crochet doilies at Michaels in their dollar section. They just happen to work perfectly for my cake plates, but doilies come in all different sizes. You can also make a larger version that just sits on a dinner plate. You don’t even need the cake plate!
To get started, lay your crochet doily over the plastic bowl, placing the center of the doily on the top center of the bow.
Next, use your paintbrush and Mod Podge fabric stiffener to give the doily a thick even coat. If it helps, you can even use your fingers to rub it in to make sure it gets everywhere. You want to use it liberally, but not have it dripping either.
Set your bowls aside, and let the Mod Podge Stiffy dry for twenty-four hours. You will know it’s completely dry when you lift it off the bowl and it remains stiff. If your fabric still has movement, add more Stiffy and wait for it to dry again.
My doily had a scalloped edge that I didn’t want as part of the finished project. I think it’s cute either way, I just wanted mine to have a straight line. I used scissors next to trim the doily so that it had an even edge. Again, it’s a personal preference, so do whatever makes your heart happy!
After your doily is dry and ready to go, just use a dab of hot glue to attach the glass hardware to the top. The glass hardware does come with long 2” screws, but in order to use them you would have to cut your screws down to about ¼” to 1/2”. It’s really hard to cut screws without ruining the threading, so I didn’t use them at all. If you are worried about it not holding up, you can pick up shorter knob screws at Home Depot.
That’s it, just place your crochet cloche on top of your cake stand or dinner plate, and you are ready to go! If you want to have an actual cloche that keeps out bugs for an outdoor party, you could totally replicate this idea with fabric instead of a crochet doily. There’s lots of options when it comes to fabric stiffener!
Right now I am using these little lovelies in my craft room for storing favorite embellishments, but I can’t wait until I can pull them out at my next party. And I can’t want to make more projects with fabric stiffener. I am hooked!