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Decor Under Glass

Glass cloches, jars and hurricanes are more than mere containers -- they can be used to elevate an ordinary object to an artistic element or to create a carefully contained vignette. "They make anything look special; it's like a little world of its own under the dome," says Country Sampler stylist René Haines of cloches or bell jars, which are one of her favorite decorating tools.

Here are six sweet ideas for creatively decorating with glass containers:

1. Assemble cute garden vignettes inside large glass canisters or lidded jars. Use dried corn or legumes as a colorful base that will support smaller objects such as miniature fencing, a petite wheelbarrow, tiny garden tools or seed packets. Garden Jars
2. Place cloches on pedestals or cake stands to gather groupings of small framed family photos, giving them greater impact than if they were scattered. Photo Pedestals
3. Fill tall glass cylinders with a layer of moss and insert colorful bird prints for an artistic display thatís more dynamic than a standard frame. Bird Vases
4. Conjure a tiny world within a cloche by mixing faux greens with small animal figures or other pint-size pieces.

Photo credit: Photography and styling by Gridley + Graves.
5. Tuck moss, greenery and battery-powered candles inside apothecary jars to fashion lantern-like vessels, and group several sizes of them together on a tray. Candle Jars
6. Make a cylindrical glass vase serve dual duty by using it to contain a collection of vintage doorknobs that support the stems of bright blooms. Marbles, wine corks or other small objects can be used to the same effect. Doorknob Vase