I decided to try another globe makeover project and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that I liked the way it turned out.
I didn’t take pictures while I was making it over but I started out with a traditional looking globe like this one.
And with a few supplies I had on hand turned it into this old world looking beauty.
I decoupaged some tissue paper all over the globe to give it a bit more texture. I wasn’t worried about the wrinkles, in fact I tried to create wrinkles all over the globe.
Once the globe was covered and the tissue paper was dry I wet it down slightly with some watered down Mod Podge and sprayed walnut ink over it. I used a brush to blend in the walnut ink.
The ink really brings out the texture of the tissue paper while still allowing some of the globe details to show through.
I wish more of the globe details showed but because I covered most of the globe with a couple layers of tissue paper it obscured a bit of the fine writing. If I did another one I’d try to use a single layer of tissue paper.
I first sprayed the base with Oil Rubbed Bronze but it was a bit too black looking for the globe so I added a generous coat of metallic rub-on that I had.
It looks a lot better with the walnut inked globe.
Ah, an antique looking globe at a thrift store price.
It makes a perfect addition next to the leather look bust I made a couple weeks ago.
Hmm, a globe covered to look like leather? That might be next on my list but how would you see the details of the globe? Any ideas? Maybe a quick outline of the continents?
After I finished my globe I did find this globe from Ultimate Globes that is actually made from leather.
It is regularly $199.99 on sale for $169.99. Sure it is a nice globe but for $169.99 I think I’ll take my thrift store makeover for about $6.99.
Foam brush or sponge
Oil Rubbed Bronze or similar colored spray paint
Rub-on – if you need to adjust the spray paint color.
Total cost: $0*
*I had the globe and all the supplies on hand so this project really didn’t cost me anything. Most crafty people will have most of the supplies I used and might even have a globe stuck in the basement or in the garage sale pile. I’ve had my globe for a while, it was a thrift store find. I’m not sure what I paid for it but they usually they run $5-$7 in my area.
So anyone want to pay me $169.99 for my old world looking globe? I’ll throw in free shipping! :)
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