DIY Faux Globe

I love collecting globes and have several of them displayed throughout my house. I’ve always loved the beautiful painted versions that I see floating around Pinterest, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to paint one of my globes.  After all every single one I’ve purchased I’ve loved it for it’s unique character or color, I just can’t imagine altering it to try out a current trend.  I found a way to satisfy my obsession with globes and get that custom painted look I admire with my own DIY Faux Globe.

DIY Faux Globe Giggles Galore

This month when I received my surprise box of FloraCraft goodies I found lots of FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam balls.  I thought of lots of different ways that I could use the ball to create pretty home decor, but nothing was really jumping out at me, that is until I was working on plans for my kids playroom. We are doing an adventure theme and I thought that a painted globe with the saying “Adventure Awaits” would be perfect for the space, but I just couldn’t bring myself to paint one of my current globes.  Then it dawned on me, I could make my own with the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam balls.

DIY Faux Globe Adventure Awaits

Here is what you’ll need for this project:

DIY Faux Globe Supplies

The steps to complete this project are very simple, however this will require a tiny bit of patience and a little bit of time.

  1. Paint your clock base, embroidery hoop, and wooden dowel with the wood stain.  Wipe away an excess and let the stain dry.DIY Faux Globe Clock Base
  2. While the stain is drying on your wood pieces it’s time to start creating your faux globe.  Use the smooth finish to create a smooth, paintable layer on the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam ball.  This is where you’ll need a little bit of patience.  You will need to work slowly and let the smooth finish dry between layers.  I ended up doing 3 layers of the smooth finish to get the surface of my globe as smooth as possible.DIY Faux Globe Smooth Finish
  3. Once the smooth finish has dried you can start to sand out any rough spots or edges. DIY Faux Globe Smooth Finish and Sand
  4. Next, insert the wooden dowel into the center of the ball and push it all the way through. This will make it easier to paint.DIY Faux Globe Wooden Dowel
  5. The next step is to paint your faux globe with your desired paint color.  DIY Faux Globe Painted
  6. Let the paint dry completely and then add your vinyl saying.  I used my Cricut to create and cut this design, but if you don’t have a cutting machine you could use stickers, or even your own handwriting using a paint pen.DIY Faux Globe Vinyl
  7. Next, insert the end of the wooden dowel into the wooden clock base.
  8. Finally, it’s time to add your embroidery hoop.  I drilled a hole through my wooden dowel so that I could secure the hoop to the rod.  I also added a dab of hot glue to the top of the wooden dowel to keep the top of the embroidery hoop secure and in place. DIY Faux Globe Screw

I am so in love with my new, trendy DIY faux globe. I love it’s size, color and the vinyl saying.  The only problem is now I want to keep it downstairs in my living room and keep it on display on my bookshelf, instead of putting it in my kids playroom!

DIY Faux Globe Bookshelf Decor

What do you think, would you make your own DIY Faux Globe or would you just bit the bullet and paint an old globe?

DIY Faux Globe Decoration

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Yes! So brilliant and adorable!

  2. That’s a GENIUS idea!

  3. I absolutely love this idea!!! Will definitely need to make a faux globe of my own!

  4. This is great! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. This is so cute!! I love it…now I’m off to find supplies!!

  6. Wow, this totally looks like a real globe! What a great idea. Thanks for the awesome tutorial, I pinned this to my Crafts board because I’d love to try it one of these days.
    Hope you will stop by and link up your blog post at this week’s #HomeMattersParty (it’s open Friday to Monday)

  7. This is slightly genius!! I have wanted to create one of these globes, but didnt have the heart to ruin my globe. Now I dont have to! Love it!

  8. I love it. I’m not sure I’d have the patience to wait for it to dry.

  9. Wow! This is an incredible DIY! I love it! Definitely need to go an get the materials to make one for my home! Thanks so much for this tutorial.

  10. Love the globe; what a great idea!

  11. Wow- what a great idea! I totally want to make one!

  12. Such a great idea to make a faux globe! And the way you styled it is just perfect! Nicely done!

  13. I love this! I do have a globe in which the paper is peeling off so you can’t see pretty much the entire west coast and bits of the oceans are missing buuuut, I still don’t know if I’d paint over it. I like you’re thinking outside the box idea to achieve a similar look and plus, yours is so unique! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  14. I have seen so many ideas for old globes, but I’ve looked in all the thrift stores, and I can’t find any. This is a great solution–I can make my own. Now I just need to decide which globe makeover project to try first. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • Thank you Rebecca, it’s a fun way to get that trendy look without having to commit to searching high and low for an expensive vintage globe. I’d love to see how your project turns out. 🙂

  15. This is awesome! I had been wondering about modpodging vintage map images I printed off on the computer. But this is one less step! Thanks for sharing!

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