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Coastal Decor: How to Create A Net Covered Cloche Filled With Seashells

Tutorial on how to cover a glass cloche with netting and fill it with seashells or coastal decor pieces from Dollar Tree.

Did you know you can recycle those net bags from the grocery store? The ones that hold produce, fruits, and meat? I did it. I’ve always wondered about recycling the bags because I hate tossing them out,  especially the colorful ones that hold limes or lemons.

thrift store cloche

I’ll show you how I recycled the net bag our Easter ham came in. Plus, today is Thrift Store Decor Tour Day and I know you guys are as excited about the tour as I am.

I found the glass cloche at the thrift store and the price was $3.99 but I had my old person discount so the cloche was a deal.

how to recycle net food bags using spray paint

The net bag from our ham was dark brown and since I was going to make coastal decor with the cloche, I decided to spray paint the bag white along with the bottom of the cloche and the top piece from the cloche. Luckily the top piece just screwed off.

spray paint home decor wth Rustoleum Heirloom satin white

I used my favorite Rust-Oleum Heirloom Satin (off-white) spray paint for the job. I keep a large stock of this spray paint on hand.

how to use hot glue to adhere net bags to a glass cloche to make a beachy coastal display with seashells

Once the paint dried, I wrapped the net around the cloche and hot glued it to the cloche on the backside. Then I trimmed the excess where the net was glued together on the back.

Next, I hot-glued the net to the bottom edge of the cloche. At this point, I did not trim the excess net on the bottom. This was a trial and error piece for me and I didn’t want to waste any of the netting. Many of my projects are trial and error, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

recycle produce netting

Now I had all the extra netting at the top of the cloche. I trimmed just a tad off the top and then pulling taut on the net all the way around the cloche top, I hot glued the net into place at the top. I was careful to keep the glue near the screw hole on top and to use as little glue as possible so the top piece would set flat when I screwed it back on.

net covered glass cloche

After the top part was glued in place, I trimmed the netting down to the glued area and screwed the top part back on. I guess I did good because the top piece fits back in place perfectly. Then I trimmed all the excess netting at the bottom of the cloche top.

how to make a coastal cloche display using Dollar Tree items (2)

I made two different displays with the cloche after I spray-painted it and put the netting in place. The first display is a little beach scene with a beach shack piece I bought at Dollar Tree.

Coastal Style Cloche with net cover and beach shack (4)

The seashells and rocks are finds from beach trips. The brown sand with glitter is some Ms Sofi brought over to the house and used in one of her projects. She likes to make things just like her Mamaw.

beach shack from Dollar Tree in a coastal syle or beach style cloche display (2)

I love the way the net looks on the cloche and I’m really surprised that I was able to get it wrapped around the cloche and glued in place so easily. We aren’t going to take a look at the backside where the net is glued together in the back although it really doesn’t look too bad. 

Coastal Decor, How to create a net covered cloche filled with seashells

For the second display, I filled the cloche with seashells and one starfish. I turned the cloche upside down and just poured the seashells into it. Then I wedged the great big shell and the starfish inside. Next, I set the bottom on the cloche and turned it right side up.

beach style cloche filled with seashells and starfish (2)

The giant shell is one of many we picked up on a beach in Kodiak Island when our daughter and her family lived there. I have never seen seashells so big before.

coastal style cloche covered with netting and filled with seashells

Well, that’s it for my project. What do you think of it? Leave a note if you have time. I would especially like to know if you recycle those net bags in any way at all. I need ideas.

coastal cloche

Now it’s time to take the tour. Just click the text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage…..

thrift store decor makeovers April 2023 before photo

Thrift Store Decor Tour….
  DIY Indigo Handcrafted Vase – Domestically Speaking
  Vintage Rattan Trunk Makeover – My Repurposed Life
  Coastal Cloche Decor – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
  Classic Stool Makeover – Our Southern Home
  Cactus Garden With Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers – Sadie Seasongoods
  How To Bleach Wood Furniture – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
  Junky Botanical Planter from Thrift Store Finds – Organized Clutter
  Easy DIY Luggage Rack Makeover for Guest Bedroom – Reinvented Delaware
  Outdoor Footstool Makeover – Shop At Blu

As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I never would have thought to recycle those bags, the displays turned out so beautiful. Had I not known, I would never know it didn’t come that way. You cracked me up at old person discount lol.

  2. Omgoodness, Kathy, you are brilliant! The netting goes perfectly with the beach-themed cloche ideas! Pinned!

  3. I definitely like the shells better, but both are very cute!
    As you were placing the netting on the cloche, all I could think of is those horrible fish net stockings I wore back in middle school. Boy, did I think I was cool!!!

    Awesome idea to paint the recycled netting.


  4. You know I love any beachy and I love how you put the netting over the cloche… so pretty.

  5. I LOVE that you were able to repurpose the netting from a ham!! What a great use of resources!

  6. Love this our quilt group makes fidget quilts for people with Alzheimer’s, and we use things that have texture and produce bags. I want to have them.