The next day as I scouted around the house, Handy Husband suggested the lid of my Cheese box, another Christies Antique Show find. He is not just another pretty face. The tones of the lid, complement the spools perfectly. There were so many options!
Handy husband cut down 2 of the spools to create 3 different heights ( and now there are 2 smaller pieces waiting for reincarnation) and with the glue gun I randomly fastened them to the lid of the box. I had all kinds of shiny "stuff" ready to go, and some evergreen and lights, but it just wasn't working for me.
Many attempts later, and yes, a time where I threw up my hands, and said, "This isn't going to work" I took another look around at my collection and decided that shiny wasn't the look I was after. Natural suited the spools far better. I had a package of mini ornaments from last Christmas that I had purchased for another project that never got off the ground, and they were the perfect colours.
Add in some texture with decorative balls that I was replacing in the family room anyway, some big pine cones, and a string of battery operarted lights that I got at my all time favourite gift and "idea" store, Heartstrings, some tea lights in the top (they fit perfectly, I love when a plan comes together) and I have the perfect rustic centrepiece for my island and our upcoming Christmas Open House.