A cloche arrangement at this time of year can make a really unique centerpiece or talking point at a gathering. The magical nature of flowers under glass combined with twinkling candle light will look stunning in your home at Christmas.
The arranging itself is simple and ridiculously enjoyable. Anything goes here: scraps of foliage from the garden, feathers, flowers, and twigs. It's a collectors dream, a cross between flower arranging and a school nature table.
Glass cloches, which are bell-shaped covers that sit atop flat, often wooden, bases, have been used as display cases (and protective plant covers) for centuries. So the best place to shop for them is in your local antique store.
Here's how to build a flower arrangement inside a cloche:
Take a small shallow dish (small enough to fit inside the glass cover) and place a scrunched ball of chicken wire or floral foam inside it. Tape this securely to the base of the cloche, and add a little water to it.
Using hair pins or wire (bent in half to make long 'u' shapes), secure the moss around the entire base of the dish to conceal the structure created in the first step.
Add the tallest twigs and blooms first, being sure to put the glass dome back on each time a tall stem is added to check proportions.
Stagger the stems of flowers at different heights, using a few statement blooms at the bottom. Always checking at every stage that the dome still fits.
Lastly, fill out around the base more densely with items that don't need water. Feathers, foliage, pine cones, shells or fruit which can be secured with a wire into the moss with the odd flower and stems dotted amongst them.
Try keeping the Cloche somewhere fairly cool to minimize condensation. Once it has steamed up, they usually clear within a day, so unless you like this look (I do!!) then create your cloche a day in advance to give it a little time to clear.
What else do you put under a cloche for display? Tell us in the comments!