It’s no secret that I am a fan of the unique, eclectic nature of vintage and flea market shopping. These venues are the perfect place to let your decorating imagination run wild! It was in such a situation that my creative juices where first challenged by a sweet vintage lighting globe. And where did that flight of fancy lead? Why to a Christmas centerpiece, of course!
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You may recall that I obtained my first light globe on a vintage shopping trip to Kansas City’s West Bottoms district. I fell so in love with the way it sparkled atop a cake stand adorning a shelf in my farmhouse cabinet that I made it my mission to find more! But they couldn’t be just any old globe! The had to be the perfect compliments to the original inspiration piece! I had this crazy idea for creating a Christmas centerpiece that would mimic the look of decorated cakes adorning our Christmas table, so they had to be perfection!
After months of searching I ended up with three more vintage light globes to add to my collection. One large one, similar in size to the original, and two smaller pieces which worked splendidly when stacked!
These types of globes come in all sorts of designs. I just kept hunting until I found designs that looked like decorated cakes. While these pieces are typically inexpensive, prices can vary wildly. Be sure to follow good flea market shopping guidelines and have a price ceiling in mind before you head out to shop! My most expensive piece was, in fact, the original one at $13. I would have been willing to go up to $20 for the right complimentary pieces, but ended up scoring bargains on all!
Each globe was perched atop one of my white ironstone cake plates and surrounded with cedar greenery cuttings.
One of the small globes is shaped exactly like the larger ones, but the other has about a 3″ long neck on it. This ended up making them perfect to stack into a two layer version which gives the smaller “cake” the girth needed to balance out the larger ones. I simply set the one with flat top and bottom upside down on the cake plate resulting in the open end facing upwards. The globe with the longer neck fits right down inside that opening and actually makes the stacked globes much more secure than two flat globes stacked on top of each other would have been. Don’t you just love those kinds of happy accidents!
I know, I know! You’re thinking, “Okay, Terri. They look pretty, but you said you lighted them with fairy lights! So get on with it! Show us the lights!”
This is what they look like when lit in the daytime.
Aren’t they gorgeous!!!
If only I could make real cakes that looked this pretty!
I placed the cake stands on round woven rattan place mats to form the foundation of the Christmas centerpiece. Since we use our table daily, this makes it possible to easily slide one of the mats out of the way at meal time without deconstructing any of the centerpiece.
While daytime is good, the glow of the globes at night is even better!
Battery operated fairy lights are the perfect solution to providing a lot of light that emanates from multiple directions within the globe. These lights come with timer functions and my very favorite ones also come with a remote control to allow you to save on battery life! They come in different lengths and you can find them here! Simply unwind your lights and poke them through the opening in the globe. The battery box can also sit just inside the globe or on the cake stand depending on the size of the opening in your globe.
My goal was to keep our holiday decor on the simple side this year because of several family events that were going to keep us really busy. My favorite thing about this Christmas centerpiece is that it manages to achieve both simplicity and vintage elegance all at the same time!
As with most of the decorative items I invest in, they are extremely versatile! These would look great spaced out or grouped in a line on a serving table for any occasion. Of course they can be split up and used throughout your house in different table top or bookshelf vignettes also!
So there you have it! My solution to a fast and easy Christmas centerpiece that glows with the joy of the season! Next time you are strolling through the flea market and see a lighting globe that has been cast off in favor of more modern options, snap it up and let your imagination run wild!
Hugs ’til next time!
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