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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