Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cupcake Dome Tutorial (from light fixtures)

Hi. I'm Heidi Rew & I'm addicted to glass domes.

...for decorating purposes & party purposes.

I can't resist a Goodwill glass dome & have been banished from the dome aisles in Home Goods. It's a problem. A problem for my limited storage & my wallet (it's $36.99 for the pair of domes from Country Door). And not something I can hide easily from my husband. Next up...Hoarders: Glass Dome Edition. 

I love the look of glass domes & their functionality. For an outdoor party, what is more perfect than protecting your sweets from the equally sweet-toothed bugs? They put the shmancy into fancy. But they can sure can add up, cha-ching cha-ching. 

Lately, I noticed an interesting Goodwill trend. I see these glass light fixtures in almost every Goodwill around Atlanta...and trust me I've been to most of them. So I had, in the words of Oprah, an "ah-ha" moment. Why not transform those suckers into glass domes? And you can create these cheap & easy glass domes too! 

Here's what you need to round up - 

1) Glass Dome(s) - I got these at Goodwill but Habitat Restore would be a good place to look too. 

2) Assorted knobs - I thought I was really smart & tried a clear marble. Yeah...you know what that looked like??? Hint: Lady parts. Clear marbles were out! Enter knobs. 

3) E600 - you can get this at your local arts & crafts store. 

The E6000 is a must. It's washer/dryer safe, clear, extremely strong & can bond to just about anything! Please use caution, though because there are some harsh chemicals in it. I wouldn't let young children handle. As far as bonding...this is the bond diggity bond. ;p 

First apply some E6000 to the dome then to your knob. The E6000 said to wait several minutes before adhering but I'm impatient so I waited for like 30 seconds. ;p It still worked okay but I understand why they said to wait. The E6000 starts to thicken up so it doesn't end up sliping & sliding all over the dome. Hopefully you have more patience than I do. 

Let it dry, at least overnight. And before you wash it, at least 24 hours. 

And you're done. Cue the "Easy button!" 

Here's the breakdown - 


Glass Domes (2) = $2.00 from Goodwill
E6000 = $2.00 from Michaels (it's actually $3.99 but I had a 50% off coupon) 
Knobs (2) = $3.00 (I know I could probably have found some cheaper at Habitat Restore but I didn't get a chance to get them) 

Total Cost per Dome = $3.50 
Not too bad compared to the $36.99 for two from Country Door 

Time Spent = 10 minutes for the assembly 

Difficulty Level = If you can sing along to Justin Bieber's Baby Baby, you can do this. 

These would be perfect for an outdoor garden party. 

What is a weird addiction you have? Do you love collecting cutting boards? Measuring cups? Ceramic animals? Please make me feel a little sane & share the thing you can't resist buying in the comment section! :p 

Hope you have a great week! I'm going to be attending the Haven Blog Conference here in the ATL this week. I'll be the one rocking back & forth in the corner. I'm scared penniless! Oh wait, I AM penniless! ;p Okay, lame jokes. Sorry. I'll give you all the pics & deets on Monday! 

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  1. I never comment - but I LOVE keeping up with your blog. You have such wonderful ideas. I will certainly be using this one!

    1. Thank you so much! :-) You can now subscribe so you don't have to worry about having a google account. I'm sorry. I know that has to be frustrating. Just go to my new website - www.partiesforpennies.com Have a great one!

  2. Heidi, you are so adorable! Thank you for ALL of the GREAT ideas! God is using you, friend! :-)

    1. Thank you Jill! Love your blog too...so inspiring & real! :-) Your comment came at just the right time...before I was off to the Haven conference. It really encouraged me. Thank you.

  3. This is the best little dome EVER!! What a fabulous idea!!

    You are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality.. right? :)

    1. Thank you Christine! Ohh...the The DIY Dreamer??! On it! :p Hope you have a great day!

  4. Hi! I just found your blog and love it. I was especially drawn to this diy cupcake dome as I LOVE anything made to display sweets! As I read it I wondered what I could use to create my own domes and my mind wandered to my favorite past time... wine. Wine glasses. Upside down. With knobs on them. :) I think I might hit up my local thrift store and see what I can find! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I LOVE the idea! Those would be soooo perfect to display a few macaroons that are the latest thing now! SO cute! If you do it, will you shoot me a picture so I can share with others your great idea? heidi@heidirew.com Hope you have a great day!

  5. I am very fond of little brass bells. I only have a few, but they all came from finds... not purchased new. :D

  6. Wow, I just stumbled upon this great idea! I absolutely love it! It will work great displaying cupcakes and macarons on wooden slabs = perfect wedding table decorations.


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