Wire plant cloches for your garden or indoors ensure their safety without hindering the sight of watching them. Luckily, they are easy to handmade. So, today, I will teach you to DIY chicken wire cloche for plants that are strong and appealing, too, because it looks much like a bee honeycomb with similar patterns. So, I finished this cloche with the golden paint and attached a cute little bee to the cloche for more beauty. You can make as many according to the number of plants you have, all following the same method and few materials.
DIY Honeycomb Wire Cloche Tutorial
If you have small pets like chickens or rabbits, keeping plants safe is difficult unless you have this DIY chicken wire cloche for the garden. This is quick and whimsical for your spring and summer plant decor… So you can quickly complete these rescue operations. However, since I have nothing more than my children, I placed it inside the home on the dining table near the window to show off.
In this tutorial, I will provide step-by-step instructions and help choose the right materials below. So, keep reading this guide if you love your oxygen sources!
Why Is Chicken Wire Cloche Special?
The best thing about the chicken wire cloche is that the openings are small enough to keep hungry critters, like rabbits and chickens, away from your precious plants. At the same time, they’re large enough to let sunlight and rain reach the plants. Because it’s light and easy to mold, the cloche can easily be shaped to fit nicely around any plant without causing any damage.
Materials You Will Need
Below are the materials and Tools that I used to DIY chicken wire cloche:
Quality Chicken Wire: Net of flexible, corrosion-less wires with special hexagonal gaps. Since these gaps resemble honeycomb gaps, they will be perfect for our chicken wire cloche. Also, they can be easily molded into any shape. So, certainly have a few meters.
Wire snips: Chicken wires are strong; don’t cut with ordinary scissors. Wire snips are especially for cutting the strong wires used in the chicken wires, applying very little force.
Needle nose pliers: They look quite like the snips but don’t have the blade. They will be used here to fasten off the shape of the chicken wire to the shape of the wire in the end.
Some cloche or vase for a mold: Having a mold is better for shaping the wire cloche.
Small Bowl: Maybe you will not need it, but I used it because my cloche had a bird on the top, making it difficult to shape the top.
Metallic Gold Spray Paint: I also used golden paint to mimic the honeycomb golden color.
How To Make a Chicken Wire Cloche?
After getting the right supplies for your Chicken wire couch, you will follow some simple steps to utilize the tools and mold materials into appealing cloche:
Step 1: Measure The Circumference
I used a wire cloche that I already had to measure the perimeter of the DIY chicken wire cloche by rolling it around. I will extend the height to the bird atop my cloche.
You can use any cylidrical cloche, a vase to mold the wire or simply imagine the circumference that will be suitable for the plant to protect.
Step 2: Cut The Chicken Wire
Cut your wire… Clouch wire may be sturdy, but my sheers are sturdy and cut well. But my hands looked like I’d been in a catfight when I finished!
Tip: During cutting the clouch wire, wear soft gloves to prevent your fingers from paining. Also the
Step 3: Wrap The Wire Around Mold
To check if you have cut the right circumference, Wrap the chicken wire around your frame… Chicken wire is flexible but will also mold into the frame’s shape.
Step 4: Press The Wire On Mold
Press the chicken wire together on the frame, starting at the bottom and then going up and around, wrapping the wires together… The more you press but evenly, the better round will be attained.
Step 5: Trimming
Because my frame cloche is dome-shaped, there’s more wir at the top, so you’ll need to trim your wire…and continue wrapping it to hold it together…
Step 6: Use Bowl
I used a tiny bowl to cover the bird on the frame to easily wrap the wire around in the shape I wanted (a bit like a dome!).
Step 7: Cut Slits For Wrapping The Top
Pretend the wire is wrapping paper…I cut three slits. It will be helpful to wrap the wire according to the cloche top.
Step 8: Fold
Put the bowl back and start folding the slits over the bowl on by one…
Step 8: Wrap Tiny Wires
Then, wrap the tiny wires to hold the whole thing together…
Step 9: Pull Out Frame
When it’s stable, gently pull out the “frame” and close the tiny wires around each other using the pliers… The chicken wires are completely moldable but may break with much pinching in place. So, balance the pressure.
Then you have a beehive!
Step 10: Spray
I spray-painted the little cloche and…
To make a little gold beehive! And look at this tiny bumble bee pin I found in my: “Why am I saving this stuff” stash!
Plants are important in keeping us alive, so preventing them after planting is very important. With a DIY cage, you can do this task easily. So, this gardening season, try to make your own!
Here are the answers to some queries of people:
How High Your Plant Cloche Should Be?
If you have small plants that remain small and grow very little, like air plants, a height of 1.5 times the actual height of the plant is a good option. I also follow the same path. However, for plants with a higher chance of growing large, you should avoid adding the top so that it may grow up. Just make a wide round fence around.
How Far The Cloche Walls Should Be?
Small animals like hens can enter the beak even in the small mesh of the cloche. So, the walls would be wide enough that the hen or any other animal cannot reach the plant in the cloche. Also, consider if your plant will grow and reach again near the walls. So, a 1.5 times greater circumference is a better option.