DIY Hand Lettered Travel Globe

Hello! It’s me again {Jessica from Happy Heart Design Co} and I’m super pumped to share with you how I up-cycle my globes. I’ll have some of these with me at the Pinspiration Market so be sure to get your tickets and come check them out! Here are the show dates.

Globes. They are somewhat of an outdated object - more a toy for kids to spin at the library than a reference material. But that doesn't mean they can't be put to use, and what better way than a fun, up-cycled decor project!

Finding a globe might be the hardest part of this project - I like to pay between $10-$20 for a globe unless it is REALLY cool and I can't live without it! Check out your local thrift stores, antique shops, Offer Up, and of course flea markets like The Great Junk Hunt. Once you have your globe, you can DO IT! And make sure you add details to make it your own!



Time - Once I had all of my supplies, the whole project took me about 30 minutes. Depending on your design, that could change, so just keep that in mind.

World Globe - Vintage globes are my favorite but you can really use any globe that sparks your fancy. For this project I found a globe on Offer Up for $10 - I don't know that most people would consider it vintage, but I like it so I'm going with it!

Candle Holder - This is used as the stand for the globe and I've used several different things for this purpose (glass, metal, wood). For this project, I found a glass candle holder with a great color at Value Village for $1.99.

Stencil/Design - {Side Note: I don't typically use stencils (I'm a free-hand kinda girl), but I wanted to share how to use them on projects like this so you knew you could do it even if you weren't confident in your drawing skills.} There are so many ways to make stencils, for this project I sketched out an arrow that I wanted to use and cut it out of card stock. You could also print something you found online, or you just buy one - whatever works best for you!

Paint Pens - For a project like this, I recommend using oil based Sharpie Paint pens. You can find these on Amazon, or at most craft store.

Super Glue - It makes stuff stick together - need I say more?

Tape Measure - If you are particular about spacing things you'll need one of these - I usually just wing it...

Painters Tape - this helps keep your stencil in place while you trace it and can also be used to help keep words straight if you decide to add some lettering to your globe.

Screwdriver - You'll likely need this to take remove the globe from it's stand. You could also leave the globe on it's stand and just add the stencil/lettering, but I like to add the cool base to it to make it something different.

Let's DO this!

STEP 1: First things first - time to remove the globe from it's stand! A little elbow grease and a screwdriver should do the trick...


But sometimes you gotta bring out the big guns...Once you have the screws out you should be able to pull out whatever was securing the stand to the globe. Typically there are a few pieces inside including a weight, so just do a little dance with your globe to shake them out!


STEP 2: Once you have the globe off of the stand, you'll want to wipe it down. This globe happened to be plastic so I used a baby wipe. For older globes you'll want to stick to something like a microfiber cloth so that you don't damage the paper.


STEP 3: Time for some glue! I like to apply the glue to the candle holder base first, then place the globe.


STEP 4: Since we took the globe off of it's stand, there will be a hole in the bottom that you'll want to place so that the candle holder covers the hole. Depending on the materials of the globe and your new stand, you may not have a lot of time to play with placement once you set it down - so take your time to line it up before you place it!


STEP 5: There will also be a hole in the top of the globe where the stand was. If you can, just use the compass from the globe and put it right back on top with some of your super glue. If you don't have this, you can use another fun vintage item - a button, a glass drawer pull, pretty much anything that you want to hang out with your globe.


STEP 6: Time for paint! Line up your stencil that you created/purchased, and use some painters tape to keep it in place. This ended up pointing at a place, and I didn't really mean to do that, so just be aware as you line things up. 


STEP 7: Use your Fine Tip Sharpie Paint Pen to trace around your stencil.


STEP 8: Fill it in! I recommend you fill in your design so that it stands out more against the busy globe. I used a medium point Sharpie Paint Pen for this - the fine tip would have taken FOR-EV-ER.


STEP 9: Once you have your design filled in, you might be done - yay! I decided to add some lettering to my design.


OPTIONAL STEP 10: Letter it up!


And you're DONE! You have a beautiful up-cycled globe to add to your vintage decor! I love how this globe pairs so well with my vintage "home" window, and amazing vintage suitcases.