A rusty gear and lantern Christmas centrepiece – 12 Days #8

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8 via Funky Junk Interiors

 

A rusty lantern and gear Christmas centrepiece via Funky Junk Interiors

Christmas just isn’t Christmas in Funky Junkville unless I create some kind of junk centerpiece for the kitchen island. 

A rusty lantern and gear junk Christmas centrepiece  - by Funky Junk Interiors

In our home, the kitchen island is the centre of our upstairs. It also serves as our kitchen table so it just demands a little attention. Being that the island is COVERED in fake snow, buttons, sticks and ornaments right now, I took this one to the photo studio. 

I’ll eventually carry it up when I clean up. Trust me when I say that notion is totally guffawable at the moment.

How I made it

A rusty lantern and gear junk Christmas centrepiece  - by Funky Junk Interiors

I started with things I love to look at. Rust generally ranks #1 so the cogs were a given.   My kitchen island top is black metal so the sheet music will help brighten the space up as well.

rusty gears, lantern and sheet music

I had some old boards that were already attached from my gutsy wheelbarrow coffee table project, so I used that as my base so I can move the centrepiece if we require the entire table.

rusty gears, lantern and sheet music

I always try for a tall centre object if I can. The rusty old lantern would do beautifully.

The sheets were placed helter skelter along the wood, then the bigger items were added.

A rusty lantern and gear junk Christmas centrepiece  - by Funky Junk Interiors

Fresh greens, ornaments, candles, spent hydrangeas, and spray snow pulled it all together. 

Cool fluke #1: I love how the nearly illuminated candle made the lantern appear to be lit!

candle wrapped with twine, sheet music and greens

Two candles also got a little dressed up.

Cool fluke #2:  the words on the sheet music say ‘go ka-boom’ which describe the mess upstairs perfectly! How did it know?

candle wrapped with greens, hydrangeas and key

This wrapped candle is my favourite. The sheet music was ripped along the upper and lower edge, then taped in the middle. String is holding the greens and hydrangeas in place.

candle wrapped with greens, hydrangeas and key

A little extra junky bling is always good for a smile. 

spray snow on a Christmas ornament with red faucet handle in a Christmas centrepiece

Cool fluke #3: Did you know heavy spray snow on a glass Christmas ornament turns it into a snowball? I didn’t either!

spray snow on a Christmas ornament with red faucet handle in a Christmas centerpiece

Cogs and faucet handles go together rather nicely, don’t you think?

A rusty lantern and gear junk Christmas centrepiece  - by Funky Junk Interiors

Isn’t that pretty?!

Ask most if you could make rusty junk look like Christmas and you’ll be met with rolled eyes. 

Us junkers have a lot of proving to do in order to change the world, don’t we?

A rusty lantern and gear junk Christmas centrepiece  - by Funky Junk Interiors

Cool fluke #4: I’m glad I have this farm table in the photo studio. (in case my island NEVER gets cleaned off)

Oil funnel and rusty gear junk Christmas centrepiece via Funky Junk Interiors

Here’s my oil funnel (LOL) junk centrepiece from last Christmas.

On a clean table! I can’t imagine…

So? Cool or crazy?

And here are my friends, with their welcoming doors wide open for you!

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See you tomorrow for Day 9!

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  1. Dear Junky,
    Hey, I am sooooo inspired to run right down & pull some of these things together for the dining room table! Love your ideas, they are so me. You just have such an awesome way of sharing them. Thank you!
    Love,
    Another junky
    In
    NE

  2. I love it! I want to move into your house!
    It makes me happy too because I have an old lantern that is missing the glass and now I know what to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration, you rock! karen…

  3. Tank you so much for hosting and having me. I love the centerpiece, you are so talented and clever. Loving the adorable lantern, perfect for this time of year. I’m your nwest follower, wow, so many followers!!! I’ll be honored if you’d like to follow me back. Happy holidays.
    FABBY

  4. Making “junk” beautiful one project at a time! You did it again my friend. FABULOUS!! I seriously need to get myself a collection of gears. I’m suffering from total gear-envy over here!

  5. I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now and I have to tell you……YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!! If I had to pick a favorite of the 100+ blogs I read daily, it would be yours. I look forward to many more postings in 2013!

  6. You are so gifted! I love your junk. I want to run right out and buy some spray snow, I have never seen it used so beautifully. Wow, I am soooo impressed. I love every last cog of it!