DIY Painted Globe

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DIY Painted Globe

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Whether you are looking to incorporate travel inspired decor into your home or wedding, this DIY painted globe is a quick and easy project anyone can do.

Best of all you can customize it to say whatever you want, in whatever style you want, or even make some sort of silhouette instead.

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DIY Painted Globe

I had picked this globe up at a local thrift store for a mere $3 and decided to go with the whole “love” thing because let’s face it, all this wedding planning has me daydreaming about our future and yeah I’ve become a love, sappy mess.

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Materials Needed:

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Globe

Tape

Paint

Paint Brush

Print out of letters/silhouette you want to use/You could also use stickers

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Step 1: Clean your globe

I clean just about everything with mineral spirits, especially stuff I pick up from thrift stores but you can even use a lysol wipe or wet paper towel.

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Step 2: Tape off any sections you don’t want to get paint on

I used frog tape to cover up any area I wanted to avoid accidentally splashing paint on, but you could use any kind of painter’s tape.

Step 3: Print out the letters to whatever word you want to spell on the globe

You can use a font you already have or could check out some free fonts at dafont.com. I actually found a font I really liked at LostType.com which you can get here. I then opened it in Adobe Illustrator to remove the thinner outline, re-sized the letters to make them 300% larger and printed them out. You could also use a silhouette machine or even large stickers.

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Step 4: Cut your letters out

I’m working on getting a steadier hand so don’t worry if you don’t cut each letter perfectly, just try to cut as close to the outline as possible.

Step 5: Tape your letters to the globe

I used double-sided tape but you could use whatever you prefer, I actually think a thicker tape would have been easier when removing the letters later. Just decide where you want your letters to be positioned and then tape them in place. I wanted to make sure part of a letter covered up Ventura, CA since that’s where Eric and I met, and that way when I removed the letter later that part of the globe would show through.

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Step 6: Paint your globe!

I decided to paint mine white but the sky is the limit so paint it whatever color you like!

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Step 7: Remove your letters

I would recommend removing the letters right after you paint – maybe use some tweezers to help lift up the edges. I actually had to meet the (future) in-laws for dinner so my letters sat for a few hours and then they stuck to the globe a bit when I tried to remove them. I think that if I would have removed them right away it would have been easier, that and using a thicker tape. If yours ends up like mine though, no worries, just clean up the edges with a razor blade, old tweezers, small flathead screwdriver, etc.

Step 8: Enjoy your new DIY painted globe!

We placed the globe on our wedding guestbook table as decor, but you could even use it as your guestbook, or display it in your home {which is where we have it now}.

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So, what do you think of the DIY Painted Globe?

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15 Comments
  • Really cute idea. I came over from Ivy and Elephant’s link party.

    July 11, 2013 at 11:35 am
  • This is a sweet way to put words on a globe, and it inspires some other ideas as well! Thanks for sharing the process and the result!
    Liz

    July 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    • Hi Liz! So glad I could help inspire some other ideas, that’s what it’s all about, right :) Thanks for stopping by!

      July 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm
  • How FABULOUS is this…FABULOUS! “Love” it and TFS!!! hugs…

    July 19, 2013 at 4:12 am
    • Thank you so much Andrea! I just saw it was featured on your blog today, yay!

      July 19, 2013 at 9:20 am
  • Gen
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    Hi Katie,

    I am looking to make a globe like this for my wedidng day. Did you print the letters on regular paper – how id you get it to stick to the globe while painting?

    Great job!

    Thanks!

    August 14, 2013 at 7:46 am
    • Thanks Gen! I printed out the letters on regular printer copy paper and then cut them out. I then put them in place with double-sided tape but you can use whatever tape you have on hand. I think a thicker tape probably would have worked better. I’d love to see how yours turns out when you’re done!
      ~Katie

      August 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  • I have a globe just waiting to be up-cycled. You’ve got my creative juices flowing. Thanks!

    August 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm
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  • Well, I missed this idea on Pinterest…so thank you for showing it to me! Turned out lovely…and you picked the perfect word :)

    March 5, 2015 at 1:14 am
  • I love this tutorial! I’ve featured it over on the FaveCraftsBlog! :)

    http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/diy-globe/

    April 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  • Amanda
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    HI! I want to make this for my wedding! I was wondering what kind of paint you used!?
    Thanks!

    April 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

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