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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.
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.
Print out of letters/silhouette you want to use/You could also use stickers
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.
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.
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.
Step 6: Paint your globe
I decided to paint mine white but the sky is the limit so paint it whatever color you like.
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.