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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Beca Fox says
This is very pretty. What a great idea.
I remember reading this before and saw my comment. But this time I thought you were talking about globes–world globes! They are quite popular in decorating now I think! But I enjoyed seeing your creativity again.
I remember seeing this post when you first did it. It’s such a fantastic idea. Versatile and beautiful
~ Lisa ~ says
I had not been by to visit in a while but this morning, I got up early, fixed my coffee with my peppermint mocha and started reading some of my favorite blogs. Your blog was the first! I had to catch up. This is a beautiful project. I remember you using the globes for little flower pots. They are so lovely on your table. I enjoy your blog so, so, so much.
~ Lisa from Indiana ~
That is so pretty! You're so creative!!
Just a little something from Judy says
You are brilliant! I feel like I should pay for this class I just had today:) What a great idea and how you did it all made a perfectly lovely centerpiece! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. I remember thinking the globes looked so nice with the outdoor version you made, and now this is even better!
Annie V says
What a beautiful way to repurpose these antique lamps. I so enjoy the idea of reusing things in a classy and lovely way. Very pretty!
You did a great job, it looks beautiful!
A blessed Thanksgiving to you!
Debbie Petras says
Simply beautiful Lorraine. Another one I pinned to Pinterest.
blessings and love,
This table centre is fantastic nd can of course be used in other places too…how clever you are! Glad to see you back…I've missed you 🙂
That looks beautiful. What a clever idea. I'd like to try something like that for my advent candles.
That's so pretty–what a great idea!
If that's not the cutest and most cleaver idea! Happy Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful idea. I love the length of it and the whole look is beautiful. I can't wait to see it decorated for Christmas too
That is VERY clever, Lorraine. It makes me think that if a person didn't want to use real candles you use the flameless ones, too. I love the way it looks and I am glad to see a post from you- I was beginning to worry! xo Diana
Very creative Lorraine…and very pretty too! I can't to see it all dressed up for Christmas!
Hope all is well with you and your sweey family. You've been in my prayers.
Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud says
Your centerpiece turned out beautiful, can't wait to see it for Christmas! Lovin' your great white diningroom chairs too! Happy Thanksgiving Week:@)
How inspiring! I love a line up of votives but this is much nicer! Great job, and it sounds like you could still use them in a different way since they aren't in permanently.
So clever and so charming . . .
I love it:)
Oh, dear Lorraine, These lamps are so beautiful!What a wonderful idea and how beautifully you have done it! Yes I very much remember them as flower pots. And, I missed you all these days!
That is a gorgeous centerpiece. I love the way you put it all together. And versatile! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Debby Ray says
Oh. My. Word. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the inspiration!