DIY Cake Dome & Cloche Jars

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.If pressed to explain my glass dome obsession, I’d probably blame Beauty and the Beast. Is it just me, or does a simple dome have the power to transform any object, edible or otherwise, into something magical? It’s like my boring cakes and tchotchkes knew that there must be more to their provincial lives.

Recently I was engaged in a frustrating search for a specific sized cloche jar, visiting practically every chain store and local antique shop to no avail. One night, as my red-rimmed eyes scanned yet another page of online shop results, I realized I had the choice between spending beaucoup bucks for the perfect glass cloche or just making one. Oh, if only I had thought of that at the beginning of my epic hunt! Shopping for the supplies and actually making my own glass dome took way less time than even looking for one online. Who knew?

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.The cost of this project depends on the size of your desired glass dome as well as where you source the supplies. I stretch out certain supplies from previous projects, like butcher block oil and super glue, but when I need to buy things, I usually shop at a local discount craft supply chain called Pat Catan’s. I also save money by using coupons at JOANN.

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.Supplies:
-cylindrical glass hurricane: 4″ x 4″ x 6″, 6″ x 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 8″ x 4′”
-plate or round plaque sized to fit glass hurricane: small wood plaque, small wood plate, large wood plate
-wood knob
-glass-safe super glue

Optional Supplies:
cutting board oil
-steel wool (superfine 0000 grade)

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.Step One: Brush the wood knob and wood base (unless you are using a glass or ceramic plate) with cutting board oil. I had Waterlox wood sealer left over from my butcher block counter project, so that’s what I used. If you’re using this plate to serve food, you must use a food-safe sealer.

Tip: You can use multiple coats of oil on the plate for a more durable finish, but typically each coat of sealer requires a 24-hour cure time, so this can draw out the timeline of your project.

Tip: When you’re finished sealing the wood, you may choose to sand down it down with superfine steel wool for a silky finish, but this step is optional.

Step Two: Apply super glue to the bottom of the knob, being careful not to get the glue close to the edge. Try to place it in the very center of the bottom of the hurricane. This will be the top of your dome. You may need to move the knob around slightly to get it perfectly centered, which is why keeping glue from the edges is helpful to avoid visible glue.

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.See? I told you it was easy. Making the cakes to go inside these domes was honestly the bulk of this project. It’s a burden I was willing to take on, though, only if it would assist you in realizing the magic of the DIY glass dome. I do what I can.

For the cake stand below, I added a clear, glass prep bowl to give it some height.

These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.These elegant glass domes couldn't be easier to make! Click through for the simple instructions.The beauty of this project, in my opinion, is being able to inexpensively make a glass dome in any size that you need, depending on what kind of hurricanes you can find in stores. What would you put inside a glass dome if you made one? I like to display vintage figurines under them (as seen in this glitter countertop DIY on my personal blog), but I also like inviting friends over for baked treats. Any excuse, eh? Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella of the Signature Collection.

  • Love this! Where did you get the prep bowl to make the cake dome…i love the shape of it?

  • Where did you find hurricanes with a diameter wide enough and with an appropriate depth for a cake?

  • Mandi, You. Are. A. Genius! I have looked high and low for one of these and little did I know I could make my own. Incredible. I am doing this project this weekend. Plus it gives me an excuse to bake a yummy cake. 😉

  • I guess I would create a mini terrarium and maybe use a bottom piece from porcelain for it.

  • Glass domes look fantastic! (No need to apologise for your obsession!)

  • This is amazing, love the glass and wood combo..and its so pocket friendly…awesome!

    xo

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  • Oh this is really pretty! I am not much of a baker, or cook for that matter. That’s a result of lousy kitchens in rental apartments! But I would just love the shove down that five-layer chocolate glazed cake!! Yummy! (Oh darn, that healthy diet..)
    FreeCarnation

  • Such a great idea!

    I’m already imaginating doing a bunch for the holidays! Baking is my thing and this will make everytime preetty:)

    Usually they are quite pricey and the only one I have was purchased was from a Savation Army shop.

  • oh my gosh, thank you for the lovely reminder of Beauty and the Beast, perhaps my love of glass domes stems from the same place! 🙂

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    x

  • Why am I such a sucker for a beautiful cake dome? They make everything look classier, plus they prevent pesky bugs from landing on cake, cupcakes, or pastries you’re saving. So chic!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

  • I totally get the Beauty and the Beast reference ;). I love these, so cute and easy to make! That’s my kind of project.

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

  • I was just thinking about how I really wanted some cake domes and this is the perfect project!!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • So pretty! Also SUPER useful for anyone who needs multiple cake stands for a wedding or party and can’t find ones that will fit their cakes (which happened to me recently).

  • Wow. They turned out just lovely. The largest one is my favorite. I think they would look really nice if you could paint the wood white as well. Have a lovely day!

    Anna Neumann from The Whistling Willow
    www.thewhistlingwillow.com

  • This is absolutely lovely!! What a great, minimal look that really showcases the desserts inside!

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog/

  • WANT!! I love these, and I just got a great ceramic cake stand that would be so much happier with a glass hurricane hat to wear.
    Off I go to search for the perfect glass hurricane…and maybe a neatly painted ceramic knob for the lid.
    xo
    K

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