Set off a sparkling Christmas with glass bowls full of reflective items emitting a warm winter glow. Large clear or coloured glass bowls allow for a convenient display option that lasts through the holidays without having to worry about tedious cleanup at the end of the season. Combine nature with shiny ornaments or lights for an eye-catching display that warms the atmosphere with festive holiday elegance.
Pine Cones and Faux Snow
Fill a large bowl with pine cones and illuminate the bowl from the bottom with a set of battery-operated mini-lights in white or gold. For added sparkle, sprinkle faux snow over the pine cones. Use pine cones of varying shapes and sizes to reflect nature's diversity. You can also flock the pine cones in white for the effect of freshly fallen snow.
Use smaller glass bowls as candle holders. Fill the bowls with anything from decorative stones to coffee beans for supporting colour-coordinated votive candles or tapers. For example, if you're having guests over for dessert and drinks, fill five to six bowls with coffee beans and opt for brown beeswax tapers rolled in gold glitter for a display to celebrate Christmas coffee with friends. You can also fill small bowls with white floral stones and short pine sprigs under white votive candles for a simple display that mimics winter in the forest.
Nothing says Christmas like a large bowl full of silver, gold, red or green ball ornaments. This display option makes a statement with very little effort. Use a large bowl and fill it with ornaments of the same shape and size for continuity. Add a string of battery-operated mini-lights for optimising the sparkle of the ornaments.
Retro Christmas Bulbs
Before you toss those burnt out multicoloured Christmas bulbs, unscrew them from the string and put them into a bowl or cylindrical glass vase for a display that repurposes otherwise useless Christmas lights. These colourful bulbs are ideal for more casual displays with a hint of retro charm.
Bird Nest Bowl
Create a glass bird's nest by lining a low, round bowl with grapevine twigs to resemble a nest made from sticks. You can also add a string of battery-operated mini-lights for added warmth. Look for red decorative cardinals or partridges at a craft store and add them to your "nest" for a bowl full of Christmas birds.