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DIY Under $10: globe art

I am always on the lookout for quirky and fun do-it-yourself pieces I can make that won’t break the bank. I bought a globe at a thrift store a while ago and finally this week came up with a piece of art for my living room that only cost $8.98 to make.

Supplies you will need

Items I purchased:

• Globe - $1.99 at local thrift store

• 12x12 shadow box - $6.99 at Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Items I already had:

• X-acto knife

• Saw

• Tan acrylic paint

• Mod Podge

• Magazines

• Scissors

• E 6000 Adhesive

• Scrapbook paper

• Paper towel


1. Use your X-acto knife and run around the equator line on your globe. Once you have scored your line use your hand saw and cut the globe in half.

2. Choose which half you want and using a thin coat of tan paint, sponge the paint onto your globe using a wadded up paper towel. You want the paint to be thin enough so you can still see the globe and can read the words. You are just trying to age the look of the globe rather than having the bright colors of the map.

3. Use the same paint and paint the outside of your wooden frame so you can still see the grain, but get some of raw wood hidden.

4. Once your frame is completely dry, glue your scrapbook paper to the inside of your shadow box.

5. Using some of your old magazines, cut out a variety of letters to spell out the phrase “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.” To make it not so uniform, make sure and use a variety of fonts and colors in your lettering.

6. Use your Mod Podge and glue the letters to the outside of your globe half.

7. Once your letters are dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge over your letters so they are secure. Once completely dry, use the same paint you had to age the globe and go lightly over the letters to mute the colors a bit.

8. Let everything dry and cover your entire globe with a final coat of Mod Podge.

9. Take the rim on the backside of your globe and add a coat of E6000 adhesive around the edge. Place your globe into your shadow box and let dry completely.

10. Once dry, you will be ready to hang it up and enjoy this 3-D art piece in your home.

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