Find & Flip: Wanderlust Globe

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by Christine Doobinin, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Find & Flip: Wanderlust Globe

One of our favorite things to collect is vintage globes. These mainstays of classrooms and offices are finding new life as home décor. We spotted this globe in the Brimfield, Massachusetts Antique Market and liked the sepia colors as a contrast, since we knew we were planning to use a turquoise-colored paint for the outside.

Tips:
•Expect to pay anywhere from $12-$50 depending on the size and condition of the globe. Search flea markets and garage sales and, of course, etsy.com.
•Paper laminated globes will take paint better than metal. Check the paper first to make sure it doesn'’t have mold or tears.
•Look for globes with topography - the raised bumps on a globe or map that show peaks and valleys can provide some interesting texture.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Start out by carefully cleaning the globe with a dry cloth. Avoid water or cleaning solution as they may damage the paper.
  • 2
    Cut out a heart shaped template from scrap paper. The template’'s size depends on the size of your globe and how much topography you'’d like to show through. Position the heart over a favorite destination, somewhere you dream of traveling to or just your home state! Then, carefully trace around the heart with a pencil.
  • 3
    Using the Plaid Chalk Paint and a flat angle brush, begin painting the surface of the globe around the heart. It’'s best not to water down the paint. Use a dry brush and work carefully for a crisp line. We prefer Plaid Chalk Paint for this project as it provides a matte, chalky finish perfect for a vintage look and feel. We used two coats, allowing at least 2 hours of drying time in-between.
  • 4
    Decide on your text. For simplicity, we adhered stickers directly to the globe’'s surface, but you could trace around the stickers and hand paint the letters in with a fine-tipped paint pen. To center the letters, place the first and last letter of each word down first so you can adjust the distance between each letter. Lightly press down so you can reposition the stickers later. If you'’d like, we recommend using Beacon Quick Grip Glue for permanent adhesion.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Vintage Globe (any size will do but 12" and above will make the most impact)
  • •Plaid FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Cascade
  • •American Crafts DIY Thickers Foam Alphabet Stickers Rainboots Black
  • •Beacon Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive
  • •Fine Tip Paint Pen (optional), 3/4" and 3/8" Angled Flat Paint Brushes, Scissors & Dry Cloth