I am making a repurposed cheese cloche butterfly garden. I’m itching for Spring, and nothing says Spring like a pretty butterfly display. This project is so easy and these small cheese trays are so easy to find at flea markets and thrift stores. Heck, you may even have one already. I have several!
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This little cheese dome was only a dollar in Joey’s booth at Vendors’ Village. The packages of butterflies were from Mighty Dollar in Jamestown KY. I’ve had the annealed wire for years. I’m nearing the end of my roll so I’ll be needing to order more on Amazon very soon.
Drill Holes in Cheese Cloche Base
I chose a tiny bit to drill the holes in the base of the cheese board just big enough to insert the wire. I randomly drilled the holes, no real rhyme or reason.
Secure wire into holes on cheese cloche
Feeling free and easy, I cut wire lengths at random. Inserting the wires and bending them in various shapes. If you have a taller cheese cloche you will have more freedom with the wires you cut and shape.
Test butterfly placement on wires
The small butterflies are actually made from feathers of some sort. They have tiny clips on them which made it easy to attach to the wires. This made it fun to see how I might arrange them on the moveable wires.
Remove small clips from paper butterflies
After getting a feel for how the butterflies would look, I decided to remove the tiny clips and use hot glue to secure them when the time was right. I gently worked each clip from the body of the butterfly. No butterflies were harmed.
Spray paint cheese tray base
As time progressed I decided that I would like my cheese dome butterfly garden to have a more consistent color. I headed to the garage with a warm can of spray paint and my project. (it was very cold outside) Whenever I spray paint I like to do several very light coats for better coverage.
Use hot glue to attach butterflies to wire
Sometimes I tend to be impatient and it was hard to wait while the paint dried. I actually broke out the hair dryer to help speed things up a little. I used my ancient glue gun to do little dollops of glue on the body of the butterfly, then placed it randomly on the wires.
See what inspired me to do this easy cheese cloche project from my friends at Home and Family!
Arrange wires in cheese dome to accommodate the small butterflies
The colorful butterflies make me smile. Did you know I was a pre-k teacher for 19 years? Each spring our class would order caterpillars and watch them build their cocoons and morph into beautiful butterflies.
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I found a cheese dome 2 weeks ago and just found this post. I love it! And I have some butterflies--somewhere! Great idea!
How awesome is that! You have the butterflies, I had to buy them. I guess I don't do enough crafts to save things like that. 😉
I'd love you see your version when you get it done.
My son is in IT: I'm technologically challenged. He is coming over after the Easter sunrise service and breakfast to give me more lessons! I'd love to show off some of my accomplishments (she said modestly!).
what a wonderful idea. I would never have thought to try this.
Christy @ Our Southern Home
How lucky of you to find the entire cheese cloche! This is so freaking creative!!!
Jealous of your cheese dome find... I can never find them! Love it's butterfly spring transformation!
This is so cute, perfect for Spring!
I wondered what you were going to do with the cheese cloche. That’s really cute.
this is too cute and immediately makes me think of Spring!
LOVE THIS! So much better than the preserved real butterfly cloches of the 80s, remember those?? And it's so funny- my readers have bemoaned the fact that these cheese domes are becoming harder to find...and I promised them that I'd giveaway the next one I found (and I found one yesterday!). Snap them up whenever you see them...so many possibilities.