If you haven’t realized already, I kinda have a thing for globes. Last year, I made this upcycled globe for our nursery and since then my mom has been on the hunt for globes whenever she heads to the thrift store. I also made a Christmas one for my mom a couple months ago (but didn’t actually get any pictures taken of it so you will have to wait until next year to see that one).
The first one I made took over 5 hours to paint so I’ve been searching for easier ways to upcycle these globes ever since. I immediately thought about using vinyl and spray paint for this globe; while the paint time was significantly less, I’m not sure if it was technically any easier.
Upcycled Painted Globe – Adventure Awaits
To create the continents, I used a simplified map svg and cut out the continents individually. For the sizing, I measured the height/width of the continents on globe and then sized them appropriately in Silhouette Studio. I then cut the vinyl out of 631 because I wanted it to adhere nicely, but also be removable.
Once the continents were set, it was time to paint the first layer of the globe. I wanted the continents to be gold so I gave the globe a nice gold layer.
Now for the part where I’m not so sure that I saved any time – getting the continents onto the globe. Going from something flat and making them lay nicely on a round surface is never easy. I had the mountains from the globe to use as a guide for aligning the continents. It was also a lot easier to apply them by hand as opposed to using transfer paper.
Once the continents were on, I sprayed the entire globe in a couple coats of teal and then removed the vinyl when it dried.