I don’t know about you, but I get a little giddy when I figure out a use for something other than its intended use.  When my poor husband walks through the door I rush to tell him the exciting news!  You’d have thought I made some amazing scientific discovery, but no, I just figured out that an upside down bowl makes a great trophy stand.  :)

Either way, using objects in new ways can be a lot of fun and that’s exactly what I had when working on my latest project, a Hollywood-themed centerpiece for our school fundraiser.




Each year, the elementary schools hosts a Father/Daughter Winter Ball as a way to raise money.  {Don’t worry, the school hasn’t forgotten about the boys; there is a separate Mother/Son event in the Spring!}  Centerpieces are needed for all of the tables, not only to use as decoration, but also to be raffled off at the end of the night.  As such, the centerpieces need to have a perceived value to them so that the girls will want to win one.


The theme chosen by the girls was Lights, Camera, Action!

{I created this collage on Olioboard using images from Pinterest. This image was then blown up onto a poster board so the girls could better understand the theme.}


Since it was a Hollywood theme, we decided to go with trophies that resembled Oscar statues and had each one engraved with the school name, event name and date.  Obviously, trophies can be a little pricey.  If you’re on a tight budget, in place of the trophy, you could also purchase a generic action figure (like a Ken doll) and spray paint it gold.



While beautiful, at only 8″ tall, the trophies didn’t look like much when sitting on large tables.  Unfortunately, the trophies took up the majority of the budget so it was time to get creative!  I took a trophy with me to Hobby Lobby and roamed the isles looking for something that was inexpensive but would also add height and presence to the centerpiece displays.  That’s when I saw it!  This fantastic trifle bowl for only $2.99!Yoshi-Trifle_Bowl


I realized that if I just turned the bowl upside down, the base was a perfect fit for the trophy.  All that was needed was a little bit of spray paint…



…a length or ribbon secured with glue dots….



…and some silk roses glued under the base.  This plastic bowl has now been completely transformed!




Now this is the part of the post where I was going to show you a cute photo of my little one all dressed up and ready to go to the dance with her dad.  Sadly, at the 11th hour, she decided that she didn’t want to go to the dance and instead wanted to stay home and watch a movie by the fire in her PJs!  Oh well!  Maybe next year!
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  1. Hi there!
    These look amazing! Where did you purchase the trophies from?

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Naomi! I bought them from an online site called “Crown Awards.” I searched around and at the time, they had the best prices. :) Kim

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you, Zenda!

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