From the first time I saw a painted globe I’ve wanted to try making one. I’m pretty happy with the way mine turned out, and it wasn’t too hard!
Ready to make one? Let’s go!
I got my globe secondhand from someone who was getting rid of it, so I think I paid around $10 for it, which is a steal! There were some pretty scuffed up parts, so I’m happy I could upcycle it so that it didn’t get tossed!
I started by cleaning it off and painting it a solid blue color to start. Be really careful around the top and bottom. I just used a wet paper towel to wipe off any excess paint I got on the plastic parts.
Next, I took a pencil and wrote out the phrase I wanted, which was, “Let’s be adventurers, darling.” My husband and I met while working for the same airline, so travel is in our blood. I like incorporating airplanes and travel-related décor in our house, so a globe fits in perfectly!
If you don’t like your handwriting, fear not! I don’t have the best writing either, but after looking up how to hand letter (Check out Dawn Nicole and her tutorials) I got a pretty good idea on how to write the script. (If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, you could also use vinyl – I just like the hand painted look.)
Next, I used some gold paint to go over the penciled part.
You can tell that I didn’t go over the pencil perfectly, but that’s ok. I just erased it later.
Also, sometimes after erasing the pencil it left a mark. I just went back over those parts with the blue paint again and it was fine!
Next I painted the flowers, and outlined them in the same gold paint. Don’t worry if your flowers aren’t perfect, the gold outline is what really pulls it all together. And if you don’t like it or make a mistake – cover it with blue again and start over! No need to stress about perfection.
That’s pretty much it! I think it came out gorgeous, and now I want to make another one with different colors.