Holidays and Festivals

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIt Is Pronounced \ˈklōsh\

Have you seen all the adorable Christmas cloches and terrariums on Pinterest? (And while we’re having this conversation how do you pronounce “cloche” anyway? Good question! It ends up that people in the UK pronounce cloche kind of like “claus” with an “h” at the end and people in the US pronounce cloche kind of like “close” with an “h” at the end. But, you know I have moderate hearing loss, so listen for yourself if you’ve never heard the word pronounced.)

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsCloches Are Meant To Protect Delicate Plants

Cloches are meant to protect delicate plants outside. They are kind of the outdoor equivalent of terrariums, which protect plants indoors. Ironically, none of the Christmas cloches or terrariums on Pinterest are being used for actual plants. Instead, the cloches look gorgeous with simple scenes created inside them.

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThey Don’t Come With Bases, Because They’re Not Supposed To

Since cloches are meant to cover plants on the ground, they traditionally do not come with a base. So you either can just cover a scene on a table or mantel or you will need to find a base of your own.

We Won’t Judge You If You Use a Regular Jar Instead

You can create pretty Christmas scenes in simple jars too and it will still look lovely. I’ve seen on Pinterest where people glued things to their jars to make the jar look more like a bell, which is what “cloche” means in French, but that is really not necessary to make it look pretty.Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Terrariums With Plants In Them Are Cool

Since we so enjoyed making our Halloween terrarium, we decided to redecorate our terrariums for Christmas. If you want to make a Christmas terrarium with actual plants, be sure to check out my directions for building a terrarium.

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsTurning Things Over To You

So have you ever made a Christmas cloche or Christmas terrarium? Interested in making one? They are really easy to make and look really cute, so why not give it a try?

 

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With the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to be thinking about scheduling for the year, including fitting in any holidays for 2016-17 that you plan to celebrate. For the holiday calendar 2016-17 school year, I am including holidays from a few more religions, just because we are living in time when it seems more […]

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