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Vintage Inspired Christmas Cloche


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One of my favorite memories from my childhood (growing up in Canada) is getting snowed in one Christmas. We lived on 20 acres of land on the Bow River in Alberta where the snowplows rarely ventured.

I don't remember the cold. I remember all the fun we had.

My brothers and I played outside for hours, building snow forts, sledding and having snowball fights.

But my very best memory of that snowy Christmas?...


The best part was one evening when all five of us piled on my dad's big Polaris snowmobile and headed up and over the hills to our friends house for dinner and games! Giggling and shivering all the way, holding on tight to each other and bravely taking on the snowy weather...together.

It's been over 16 years since I lived in Canada...and I miss the snow...sometimes!

I guess that's why I love frosty-looking Christmas decorations, like this Vintage Inspired Christmas Cloche, that will be the perfect gift for someone special this Christmas.


I couldn't find a real vintage toy truck and so I decided to use what I found and make it look vintage!

A trip to the dollar store yielded a red truck. Perfect! Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. You can find my full disclosure policy here

With a little pale aqua chalk paint, I transformed my 'new' truck into a 'vintage' one! A couple coats of paint is all it took. Once it dried, I lightly sanded to remove some of the paint from the 'wear zones'.

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I had picked up a couple packages of bottle brush trees from the dollar store, and cut the top off one to create a mini tree.

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Using red twine I tied it around the truck.

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Isn't it adorable?

To set the wintry scene, I used a vintage cheese tray and dome that I'd found at the thrift store and painted white. I set the truck, a couple more bottle brush trees from Michaels and some fake snow on top.

I like it best with the dome on, but took it off to get a few clearer pictures.

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Vintage Christmas cloche at www.diybeautify.com


Christmas Cloche at www.diybeautify

I look at this little winter vignette, and it evokes those feelings of long ago...

...the joy of being together as a family, heading somewhere special in the snow...

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I'm linking this project up to the December #Makeit blogger challenge, when I partner with other fabulous bloggers and create something unique...that you can create too! This month's theme was to create a holiday gift from dollar store items.

Here are all the projects in this month's challenge:


Dollar Store Christmas Gift Challenge at www.diybeautify.com #Makeit

Dollar Store Place Setting & Take Home Gift // Chocolate Candles // Advent Calendar // Santa Mug // Have an ARTSY Little Christmas! {Gift in a Jar}  // DIY Dessert Stand // Kitchen Dollar Store Gift // Vintage Christmas Cloche // Homemade Lotion // Gift Jar and Free Santa Printable

Check them out and get some Christmas Gift Inspiration using items from the dollar store



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39 comments:

  1. I love cloche jars and this is just too cute! I love it!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I love your gift-wrapped chocolate candles...they look good enough to eat!

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  2. Cindy, so adorable! That surely does invoke memories from the past. It was quite the family event to choose the tree for Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Val! I love choosing a tree and cutting it down ourselves; we haven't done that in a few years.

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  3. It's just beautiful! I never know what to put in my cloche jars - this scene is perfect.

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  4. This is totally adorable Cindy! I have always loved red and aqua together. I think it's partly because it reminds me of vintage Christmas decorations. Love your sweet story too! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

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    1. Thanks Ann, it's one of my very fave color combos too!

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  5. Brilliant idea to paint the little car and sand off the edges to make it look worn....I have to do this! So cute! Come link up and share this post with us http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/12/centerpiece-wednesday-its-beginning-to.html
    Karin

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  6. How adorable! I absolutely love it - thanks so much for linking to Twirl and Take a Bow! ox

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  7. How cute is that?! I love that you painted the truck, very clever!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you so much :) Where there's a will there's a way!

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  8. This is seriously adorable! Plus it couldn't have cost more than a couple of dollars. Love the snowy look, great idea!

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy! You're right...it was only $3!

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  9. Aaaaahhhh!!! LOVE this!!! I'm off to the dollar store to find a truck! My 12 yr old daughter is so excited to do this project with me -- "Ooooh, Mom, we HAVE to do that!!" was her response. Thank you for this inspiration, Cindy! We'll create our own fun memories by doing this project together. Merry Christmas to you! Catherine (latest follower of your blogging adventures!) :)

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    1. Catherine....I'm SO glad to have inspired both you and your daughter!! Have fun creating your vintage cloche together :)
      And so happy to have you following along! Christmas blessings to you.

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  10. Having one of those why didn't I think of that moments - painting the new truck to make it vintagey is brilliant. Simple and brilliant.

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  11. I love that you used chalk paint to transform the car...very creative! What a cute cloche display.

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  12. Love this! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

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  13. Hi,
    I also have seen and been near the Bow River (in Calgary). Didn't live there but three hours southeast! Down there we didn't get a lot of snow but we sure got the cold and the winds! Love what you did for your cloche! I've also been looking for old cars and/or trucks - they're very scarce these days. Like how you aged yours. What did you use for snow? It looks wonderfully fluffy!

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    1. Thanks so much Cathy, nice to hear from another Canadian! The snow I used was a bag of craft snowflakes, I think they're shaved plastic. I like that they're a little 3D which gives that fluffy look!

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  14. I highlighted this post on centerpiece Wednesday thanks for linking up :) http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/12/centerpiece-wednesday-fun-christmas.html
    Karin

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  15. This is so adorable Cindy! I made a few of these this year...but I love this idea of painting the mini truck to give it a vintage feel! Such a great tip!! Thanks for sharing it at Work it Wednesday:)

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    1. Thanks so much Krista! It's good to know chalk paint will stick to practically anything and everything :)

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  16. This is so fun and clever! I want to find an RV or a 18 wheeler and do this for my dad! Just had to feature it this week on Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you link up again this today! http://bit.ly/1wg0JNp

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  17. This is absolutely precious! What a creative idea and I love the how you turned your truck into vintage!
    Visiting from the style sisters today!
    Happy Wednesday-
    Jemma

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  18. That is such a cute and very clever idea! I was just sure that was a truly vintage little truck.

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    1. Thank you Carol, that is such a compliment! Glad to hear my illusion worked :)

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  19. I love this and wanted to let you know I will be featuring this at tonight's party. Hope you can join in again!
    Blessings, Deborah

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  20. I'm so going to do this...hopefully...really like it!

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    1. I hope you try it, painting the truck was SO easy! Have fun,

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  21. I love that you added blue chalk paint to the new red truck! It looks perfect in your vintage Christmas cloche!
    ~ Ashley

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    1. Thanks Ashley, I got tired of trying to find a vintage car/truck...the chalk paint was the perfect solution!

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  22. Perfect for winter decorating! I just love it. Been looking for one of those cloches! pinned!

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  23. That is seriously the cutest Christmas decor ever! I love how you gave the car a paint job and distressed it. Love!
    Thanks for sharing on Best of the Nest!

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