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Have & Make: Terracotta Cloche

On weeknight summer evenings, after a long day of work, sometimes my husband and I just sit outside with a glass of wine and some snacks instead of a full dinner.

I love dining al fresco, but hate spending the whole time shoo-ing away bugs from my food instead being in the moment.

I thought of using a washed terracotta pot as a cloche, not just because it’s functional, but also because it’s pretty. A simple piece of rope knotted through the bottom hole acts as a handle. And guess what?  Terracotta will retain the head of a hot dish, or keep a cool dip from warming up and drying out.  Double awesome.

This is really a project anyone can do, just be sure to wash your old pot really well and have fun with it! (bonus points for cool colored rope or a painted pot!)

Have a SPLENDID Wednesday!

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26 Comments on “Have & Make: Terracotta Cloche”

  1. Funky Sunday May 30, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    What an easy and ingenious way to reuse an old pot everyone can find at home! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
    Ciao from France!

  2. laura parke May 30, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    this is such a clever idea, erin! i love the simplicity and functionality!

  3. Mandy Pellegrin May 30, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Cute idea! And also, how gorgeous is that set-up you’ve got going on with the flowers and the table?! Such beautiful styling.

    • House of Earnest May 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks! The flowers were left over from an event consult that I did this weekend!

  4. Igor May 30, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    This is really a fun idea! I’ve been planning for so long to paint some terracotta pots if only I had more time….sigh.

  5. viv May 30, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Coolest DIY idea!

  6. kelly@refresheddesigns. May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Such a cute and easy idea! I love finding great ways to repurpose common items.

    • House of Earnest May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      me too! I feel better about utilizing things I have rather than bringing more ‘stuff’ into my home!

  7. jin May 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    thats an adorable cloche!!!

  8. Alexa May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    oh wow this is a fantastic idea! Definitely going to give it a try!

    • House of Earnest May 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

      I hope you do! Super easy- and it works… The humus stayed creamy all night!

  9. Hannah May 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    How clever! I love this!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  10. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives May 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Very sweet idea! So summery and perfect for bug-proofing!

  11. Katie Anderson May 31, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Where do you come up with these ideas! I love how simple they are. I might actually be able to do some of them.

  12. Sweet Harvest Moon May 31, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    What a great idea!

  13. Jess May 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    This is sheer brilliance. I think I’ll have to try this out for our summertime balcony meals!

  14. Colleen May 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I love anything that is cute AND functional. Fantastic idea… might have to steal it :).

  15. Debora June 4, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Love love love it! I have many empty terracotta pots in the garden and you gave me a great idea. Thank you! :)

  16. Samantha Green June 8, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    LOVE this idea — i’m definitely going to try this when i have an outside space of my own.

    Erin, i absolutely LOVE your blog :) xx

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