When you replace a light or chandelier do you wonder what to do with the glass globes that covered the light bulb? Throwing them in the trash seems like a poor idea since they are usually in nice condition. But whatever could you do with them? Make a beautiful table centerpiece from re-purposed light globes.
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With a little creativity and a few supplies you can recycle and repurpose the globes to create a centerpiece to use on your kitchen, dining room or coffee table. A centerpiece that adds the ambiance of candlelight and is versatile for many occasions.
Change with the seasons or holidays
Simply by adding some autumn faux flowers and tucking in a few hydrangea from my garden, I have a pretty arrangement for our Thanksgiving table.
Changing the flowers gives your centerpiece a whole new look. I wash, dry and save faux flowers in a container in the garage using them year-after-year. If you need to purchase faux flower bushes, remember to use your coupon if they are not on sale. I like to purchase flower bushes and cut them apart so I can tuck the stems in and around the glass globes. Individual flower or greenery picks work well too.
Table Centerpiece from Re-Purposed Light Globes
These are the wooden boxes we used but I don’t think they are available now. You might want to try using wooden rings. Use one or two of them depending on how high you want the globe to sit.
How to make a centerpiece from re-purposed light globes
This is how we went about making the centerpiece using materials and supplies we already had. Use this as a guide and change it up as you see fit.
- I had six glass globes and considered making a three-candle centerpiece for the kitchen table. Instead we made a five-candle one that can also be used on the family room coffee table and the dining room table.
- The glass globes are open on the bottom. We could have just glued them onto the wood but I wanted something to raise them up a bit and hold them securely. I looked for some type of ring and found just the right size wooden round boxes at the craft store for $1 each. I thought about using only the bottom but decided to invert the lid and cut down the other piece to our desired height. This wooden ring is a possible option to consider.
- Using some fancy trim we salvaged from an old cherry television cabinet, we made a long, rectangular frame.
- We cut and screwed a piece of wool to the bottom of the frame. The wooden cups were also screwed into place.
- After filling any gaps/holes with wood filler and sanding the piece, I gave it a coat of stain.
- A day later it was ready for a coat of polyurethane to finish.
- The globes fit nicely inside the cups and each one holds a round-shaped candle.
Have more glass globes and rather not make a centerpiece? Try super easy, super cute flower pots. Click Simple re-purposing for pics and how-to.
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