Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thrifted photo cloche

I found this new (read unattractive) floral frog at Jo-Ann. It cost me a dollar. It was marked defective or deformed or something because a few of the spikes were bent. How many pair of pliers do I own? This is not going to be a problem.

It took me less than a second to fix the spikes but I decided to go ahead and spray paint this thing as well since the green was hideous and I'm not actually going to be submerging it in water. I painted it with a couple coats of antique brass metallic.
When I was cleaning after being gone for what amounts to almost my entire summer, I found this salsa jar holding some odds and ends. So classy. Instead of throwing it away I decided to use it for this project by giving it a couple coats of black spray paint.

And it became the base for my photo cloche. The key to this was layers. I used a little doily which I'm not usually a fan of, but it helps the jar lid look like less of a jar lid with some paint on it. With the newly painted floral frog, a tattered photo of my mom (I'm guessing my dad carried this around for quite a while) and the ten cent glass top I found at a garage sale this summer, my little display will now keep this photo out for display and dust free.

shabby creek cottage


Dianne said...

Very cool!

kathy said...

I haven't been by in a while - I love your froggie-photo holder.

gail said...

very clever transformation! :)
Love the color.

Kerry Rossow said...

Molly- this is so lovely! What a creative way to display a special photo!
Thank you for popping by my place!
Kerry at

Megan said...

Beautiful transformation, as usual! :) You are more inspiring than HGTV, my dear.

alyssa said...

what a great and creative project! (& you can't beat that price!)

i love your thrifted thursday themes...i blog about my vintage finds: "friday finds"

lovely blog, i'm following