I was at Dollarama a couple of weeks ago
restocking my stash of chocolate bars looking for new and inexpensive craft ideas, when I came across these little plastic globes. They’re only about 8″ tall, and I think they were about $2 each.
(You don’t need to adjust your screen, I’ve been working on a big project in the garage without drop cloths – so everything is blue.)
I’d seen some really neat treatments done to globes on Pinterest, so I figured at $2 I had nothing to lose by trying.
Screening seemed like the easiest technique, so I printed out a couple of quotes on the Silhouette.
I adhered the sticky vinyl to the globes over areas that had lots of colour so that when it was peeled off it would really stand out.
I tried two versions of a painted globe; for the first globe I spray painted over the entire thing with a semi-gloss spray paint. A few light coats allowing it to dry between layers. I left the globe in it’s stand for ease of painting, plus I was planning on painting the stand as well, so spatter was easily covered.
For the second painted globe, I thought I’d try painting on paint. This was a black that I had in the garage. Unfortunately, a nice Spring breeze came through while the paint was wet, so this one has a bit of ‘texture’ to it.
Again, it needed a couple of coats and a decent amount of time to dry before peeling off the letters.
Between the two, I like the black against the colours of the words better, but as far as ease – the spray painted version of my painted globe was much easier to peel off and left a much crisper image (and smoother surface).
Next time – black spray paint and it will be perfect.
Now’s a great time to pick up tattered globes at garage sales so you can make a full-sized version. I’ve seen them done with gold leaf continents and even one painted globe that was made to look like the moon.
This would be cute in a baby’s room – maybe with the quote “Though she be but little, she is fierce”. Or cover it with broken cd pieces to get a sort of disco ball effect? Oooooh, I’ve got it! Paint it with a hammered finish gold paint, add a bow or mistletoe and then marker on openings to make it look like a Christmas bell!
These painted globes took next to no time to complete, save for drying time, and they cost $4 and some leftover paint – so it was a fun trial and error project.
Have a great one!