Adorable, absolutely adorable. And the box is cute too! OHHHH you can totally make one for dress up too that way (light bulb just came on). My nieces are coming home from Spain... I might have to make them on of these.
I took an old globe and split it in half and turned the halves into clocks. One is my time and the other is my sister and family in Spain's time. My other sister tried to steal it from me so I had to pack it away. I can find it and show you a picture if you'd like.
I like the bowl idea and Ive seen it before. You could also paint it and decoupage things on it for each country/ continent.
A hanging lamp shade would be really cool. Or you could rig it up and fill it with cement after splitting it in half and then use it as a book end by attaching it to something flat.