DIY Painted Globe (Under $5!)

  Today I am finally sharing how I painted my globe! If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a few posts hinting at this project, but today I decided to share how it turned out.

  For months I had been looking for an old globe to paint. When my school had a big garage sale type event, I scored this beauty for only $1! And if there had been 2 I probably would have bought two to paint in 2 different ways...

What You Need: 
-an old globe
-different sized paint brushes 
(I used the large one shown above, a pretty small one, and a tiny one for the smallest details) 
-Acrylic paint 
-A paint marker (if you want to add words!)

 Here it is after the first ocean coat. As you can see, it needed about 3 coats before it was opaque. Overall it took me about 6 hours to paint, but that was split up into two days. My friend (whose head you can kind of see in the picture above lol) painted a smaller one and finished in one afternoon. I chose to spend more time on mine and make it as close to perfect as possible since I knew it would be displayed for years to come. 
And honestly, the 6 hours went by super fast because during the first afternoon I had my friend to talk to and during the last day I was watching TV too. This would be a great project to do during the summer if you are bored, or even during the winter or on a rainy day when you want to stay inside! 

Here is another look at the finished piece. I was so happy to find a globe that already had a gold stand that was in pretty good condition so I wouldn't have to paint that too. 

I have to say, this is probably my favorite DIY I have done, and it is one of the cheapest. Sure I got a few looks from people when I was carrying a big globe out to my car... but hey who has an adorable decoration piece now? Me. 

Have you ever seen a globe like this? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


  1. How cute! I've seen globes on Pinterest that are black and gold and beige, but I love that you did the ocean in blue.

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

  2. How did you get the places looking so good? did you stencil them?

  3. I just painted black on the countries and blue in the ocean! I used a very small brush for the smallest parts to keep it neater. xo

  4. Thanks so much Alex! It was so hard to decide what colors to use! xo