I found this large globe at a thrift store a couple weeks ago. It’s not vintage and the colors weren’t vibrant–so it was perfect for painting. Plus, it was only a few dollars–so if the project failed, no problem.

Supplies:
black and aqua acrylic paint {I found mine at Target}
brushes in a variety of sizes {small of detail areas, larger for the oceans}
oil based sharpie for writing continent/ocean names
thrifted globe

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David enjoys spinning the globe–so fun.

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First I painted all of the aqua {water} areas. It took about 3 coats of paint. The first coat of aqua looked pretty bad, but as I ket going with the second and third coat of paint, it came together. Then I filled in the land with black. The black paint covered much easier and I only did one coat.

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After the paint was dry, I used a gold oil-based sharpie and wrote each continent name. I also wrote ‘every heart matters’ over the large aqua side of the globe.

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The globe is sitting on our hearth. I really like how it turned out!

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And obviously the dogs love it, too! The globe is nowhere near geographically accurate. But it’s fun, right? Now I need to find my next project. Have you done any great DIYs lately?

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