Easy To Make Super Cute Christmas Cloche

Repurposed Nutella Jar Into A Cute Christmas Cloche (Dinosaur Terrarium)

I have 3 boys who all love to snack on toast. Two are a very English in their tastes one being a Marmite lover and the other lemon curd. My youngest is slightly more continental in his taste and covers his toasts with Nutella.
The other day as I was putting away the Nutella jar after my sons snacking session, I noticed that it looked like a mini glass domed cloche. That gave me the idea for this craft.
I thought it would be lovely to make a cute mini Christmas cloche scene. In the past, I’ve made painted pine cone Christmas trees. And I’d spotted tiny pine cones in the park that would be perfect for this.
Rather than go down the traditional route of Christmas figures for my cloche I decided to make them more fun by using dinosaurs. Actually, the main reason I used dinosaurs is that I remembered there were still some in the kitchen junk drawer I had rescued from the hoover many years ago.
I knew they would come in handy one day!
I made three Christmas cloches (dinosaur terrariums), in the end, one for each son. That meant a lot of Nutella was eaten. However, I did find some great Nutella recipes on Pinterest.
Add some fun to your Christmas decorations by repurposing a Nutella jar and making a super cute min Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium). #christmascloche #snowglobe #dinosaurterrarium #christmasdecoration #glassdome
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What you need to make a Mini Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium)

  • Empty Nutella jar – The small jars with the plastic cap lids that can be used as drinking glasses afterward.
    Nutella jar small

  • Wood slices – Either cut your own or you should be able to buy these in any craft store. You want ones that are just slightly larger than the circumference of a Nutella jar.
  • Small pine cones
  • Mini dinosaur figures – you can, of course, go traditional and use Christmas figures, Christmas cake toppers would be good to use for this.
  • Gold spray paint
  • Green spray paint
  • Fake snow – I got a bag of this from my local pound/dollar store
  • Masking/sello tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft glue

What you need to make mini cloche dinosaur terrium

How to make a Christmas Cloche

  1. First spray paint your dinosaur gold and your pinecones green so that they look like mini Christmas trees.
    Gold spray painted dinosaur
    Green spray painted mini pine cones

  3. Next mark off about 5 mm of the edge of the wood slice with tape. Then cover the wood slice in glue and smother with fake snow. When the glue has dried remove the tape, you should have a snow-free edge around the wood slice. This will allow for the glass cloche to sit nicely on the wood slice.
    fake snow cover wood slice

  5. Using the hot glue gun stick your dinosaur figure and pine cone tree to snow-covered wood slice.
    Glueing dinosaur and tree to woodslice for Christmas dinosaur terrarium

  7. Finally, just add the glass Nutella jar as the dome to finish off your Christmas cloche (dinosaur terrarium). I didn’t stick my cloche to the wood slice but you can easily do this if you want to.

DIY Christmas Cloche, (dinosaur terrarium) using a repurposed Nutella jar.
Add some fun to your Christmas decorations by repurposing a Nutella jar and making a super cute min Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium).
Add some fun to your Christmas decorations by repurposing a Nutella jar and making a super cute min Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium).
Add a bit of fun to you Christmas decorations by repurposing an Nutella jar into a super cute Christmas cloche (dinosaur terrarium).
These mini Christmas cloches are so easy to make and so much fun I want to make more. I fancy making some with the tiny figures that you get with model railway sets. I just need to get my boys to eat more Nutella, which shouldn’t be too difficult!
Also if anyone has an ideas for repurposing Marmite jars I’d love to hear them.


60 Responses

  1. These are amazing! Another reason to eat Nutella!

  2. Oh Claire this is such a cute idea! My grandson is into dinosaurs and he would absolutely love these. Would be a fun craft for him!

    • I think most little boys go through a dinosaur phase. All my sons certainly did!

  3. […] Nutella jars can easily be used for storage, decorated, or even turned into terrariums! […]

  4. I kind of want to make this for my boyfriend for christmas hahhaha It’s SO cute! What a fabulous idea and thank you for sharing!

  5. I love these–anything to do with dinosaurs is awesome and this craft is so great. Thanks for sharing at Party in Your Pjs!

  6. Happy Christmastime to you and your family, Claire!
    Such a brilliant idea! I wish I had a little son to make these with. {He’s 23 now and married.} Pinning to my Holidays and Crafts to Make boards for you. <3
    Hope your holiday season is lots of fun for you and your boys,
    Barb πŸ™‚

  7. So very cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  8. What a fantastic idea! I am so impressed!

  9. Hi Claire. These are absolutely adorable. I know a couple of children that would light up if they saw this under the Christmas tree.Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week! Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

  10. What a clever idea, I need to buy some Nutella. And I click through to Amazon and did a bit of Christmas shopping ( I hope it works ) I am trying to help out fellow bloggers while actually getting things I need ( Dad’s Present)

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  12. The best Christmas idea ever! Love it πŸ™‚

  13. I raised three sons and this is bang on for little boys. Little boys are always dinosaur obsessed so these are perfect for them. I can just see them all lined up on a little boys shelf. Wonderful idea.

  14. That’s just brilliant.
    Sadly for me my kids don’t like Nutella, they love the non hazelnut chocolate spreads the supermarkets do but their jars are not super sweet cloche shaped πŸ™
    I wonder if any of my friends have Nutella eating kids……

    • Thank you, Julie. Have you tried making brownies with Nutella, they might like them.

  15. […] crafts this year. They formed the base for both my lovely felt Christmas trees and my cute dinosaur Christmas cloche. This time I decided to make a wood slice ornament.   Because of their round fat shape, I […]

  16. I’ve gotta hand it to you Claire these are so unique. They bring back fond memories of little boys and dinosaur obsessions.

    • Thank you Mary, I don’t think mine have really grown out of theirs yet even though 2 of the are adults.

  17. OMG these are adorable! My kids would love these, Just genious!! Xx

  18. well these are absolutely amazing! We’re a dino loving household at this end too and love this idea πŸ™‚

  19. These are so lovely Claire but β€” unfortunately β€” Nutella doesn’t come in such pretty jars here in the UK!!!! I’ve just looked at the jars in our cupboard β€” sadly they’re not half so lovely as these. I’m going on a mission to find some prettier jars I can use! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

    • Thank you, Caro, you can get the jars in the UK they are in all the major supermarkets. I got mine in Waitrose but have spotted them in other supermarkets.

      • OHMYGOODNESS! β€” BRILLIANT!! We’ve got two jars on the go at the mo β€” they’re both little ones though. They’re not the same shape as this. Am going to have a look β€” maybe these are the big jars? Lord knows, we can never have too much Nutella!! πŸ˜‰

        • You can always make brownies with the extra Nutella. They are still little jars but they market them as ones that can be used as drinking glasses afterward. I think they are the original Nutella jars. You can actually often find these old Nutella jars in Charity shops as people do use them as drinking glasses.

  20. These are so adorable. I don’t care for nutella but I may have to start eating it just for the jars.


  21. Amy

    What a great craft to male with the kids! I think relatives would love them as gifts. They would also be fun to make with a 4H group to donate to a nursing home or senior center for table decorations!

  22. What a great craft for kids to do. Loving this!

  23. They are so cute! I like a good Christmas decoration project.

  24. First time to your site, this is so stinking cute, wish I had seen this when my son was little, he was a dinosaur guy…Just may have to make some of these for friends for a laugh…so fun!

    • Hi, thanks for visiting. I think boys of any age still love a dinosaur so maybe your friends will.

  25. You are absolutely the world’s coolest boy mom! What a fun and whimsical idea. You are brilliant my friend.

    • Thank you so much Lyn. Not sure about being the coolest by mum but I’ll let them know you said that.

  26. I love these. The dinosaur is such a whimsical touch.

    • Thank you, I just had dinosaurs to hand which gave me the idea.

  27. Oh my gosh, I can’t say how much I LOVE this!! I need to go to the dollar store and see if I can find some fake snow so I can do this with my kids. They are total dinosaur junkies and they would go bonkers for this! Such a great idea, thank you! Sharing and Pinning! πŸ™‚ Lisa

    • Thank you! If you can’t find fake snow you can always just paint the base white.

  28. How on earth do you come up with these absolutely brilliant ideas Claire. The little cloches look so adorable and adding the dinosaurs is just perfect. So different and unique

    • Thank you, Michelle. I don’t know how these things pop into my head but they just do. I just love crafting at this time of the year.

  29. lovely! i love these! my college daughters would love a bit of whimsy like dinos in the snow, but i don’t think in the united states, nutella comes in glass jars to re-use as drinking glasses. i’ll have to investigate.

  30. Since I am totally addicted to Nutella I have plenty of jars to make these. It is so adorable and very easy to put together. I bet your son is thrilled to have a dinosaur terrarium to enjoy.

    • Thank you. Even though he’s 15 he still appreciates a dinosaur. My little nephews are going to be making brownies today just so they can have the Nutella jars.

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