How to Build a Centerpiece: “World Traveler”


All week long I’ve been showing you how to build a centerpiece. I chose 5 very different foundations to begin with so each would have a unique style. Are you getting the hang of it? Will you be more confident with your own styling now?

Today’s galvanized tray was given to me by my neighbor. I have used it in many spots around the house, but today it’s going to be a centerpiece. And I’ll call this one the “World Traveler”…

Foundation first, then add the vertical elements:


A smaller globe stacked on, once-again, vintage books (you really should pick some up;). I stood up an old wood crate for some great rustic texture.


Just when I think I’ve got the tallest element in there, I add some more. I like decorating with height. These antique clay bottles have become some of my favorites. ( Check out how I got them and their history {Here}.) Sticks and fake forsythia are perfect for some early spring foliage.


For a little graphic punch and a nod to the circular shape of the globe, I simply laid an old clock face on the crate. Nests, moss and eggs are perfect early signs of spring and I added a real ivy plant for some fresh green. Notice all the textures represented here already: metal, paper, clay, wood, ceramic, real and fake foliage. An interesting variety of textures creates a very rich display.



For some final junky bling I added state puzzle pieces all around the perimeter of the tray. The bright, springtime colors catch your eye and create a fun, whimsical accent. The scrabble tiles provide a graphic punch and decorating with words is so popular right now. I added two  green flower frogs to the clock face just to finish it off.

And remember, these centerpieces need to look good from the back, too…


A couple more origami flowers left from the other days centerpieces {Here} and {Here}, and another clock face (I just nailed it on).

“World Traveler” is the perfect junky spring centerpiece!


Check out all 5 styles of centerpieces using the same design basics:


“The Classic”

“French Country”

“The Horticulturist”

“Asian Inspired”

“World Traveler” (here)

And Pin, so you can refer back!

Centerpiece How To- 5 Styles in 5 Days

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19 thoughts on “How to Build a Centerpiece: “World Traveler”

  1. Add me to the “World Traveler” group! So excited now. I just got an old globe in a lot I bought at an auction & it’s been sitting in the box waiting for me to get a creative nudge – when I needed a big push! I love that you had so many different styles of centerpieces. My mind is racing with possibilities but can’t get up & drag stuff out now because hubby is asleep…. but I will have something beautiful later today!! Thank you!


    1. I’m so happy I inspired you, Arlene; that was my goal! And what perfect timing with your newly acquired globe! I’d love to see what you come up with-post a pic on my LoraB Facebook page if you have a chance!


  2. Oh Lora they are all great but the “World Traveler” is SPECIAL! Love the puzzle pieces!! and the wood box, wire basket, nest, books, flowers, clock faces, frogs…yep ALL of it!


  3. I’ll have to go with “World Traveler”, too. I love globes, clock faces, frogs and puzzle pieces of maps. (I have collected all those things and so much more!) Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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