Thursday, September 8, 2011

$3 Thursday – Old World Style Globe

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.





Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Walnut Ink

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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  1. This is a really neat idea!! I had 2 globes that I got rid of when we moved several years back- darn!

  2. This is the second time today I've had globe envy. It turned out beautiful. I have one that is tan in color (from GW)but I've been desperately looking for more. =)

  3. This looks really good! Like that you used tissue paper so that the globe details still peak through. Just a really great transformation.

  4. I LOVE the way this came out! I am now actively seeking a thrift store/garage sale globe. I use the tissue paper technique alot to create texture and I like what you came up with. Clever, unique and lovely.

  5. Norma I can't access your blogger profile so I hope you come back and see this - the bronze rub-on I used is like Rub-n-Buff, a thick paste you rub on.

    Mine was probably bought in the scrapbook section, I've had it for years and the label is simply Metallic Rub-on's. Looking at the back it is made by Craf-T Products. Hope this helps.

  6. what a great change! thanks for sharing the details of how you did it.

  7. Great project! A couple of questions: did you use natural brown or white tissue paper and by Walnut ink do you mean the ink for fountain pens or some type of crafts store ink? If you have the product name that would be even better.


  8. I love the your globe turned out I am trying to make a similar one for my daughters wedding. I have checked with our craft and paint stores but they have not heard these products, walnut ink, rubbed oil bronze or rub- on. Any suggestions on where I could purchase these or alternate products that would work. Thanks


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