Now that Greta’s room is painted, we’re diving right in to decorating it. A globe was definitely on our must-have list for Greta’s room. She loves pointing out where we live and we like to show her where her friends, cousins, and relatives live all over the world, too. I fell for this globe when I was putting together my ideabook for Houzz last month, and thought I think I can make something similar. While the original is far superior in many ways, I pulled off my own DIY version that turned out pretty cute, too. My mom has been a teacher for 30+ years and has a collection of globes in her classroom. A lot of them are outdated (the one I chose still has the Soviet Union on it) so she said I could pick one!
Keeping an eye on my inspiration, I lettered the words “adventure awaits” with one of Crayola’s ultra-clean washable markers. They wipe off so easily (a must around here!) so I knew I wasn’t doing any damage.
Once I had the placement of my letters right, I cracked open a can of paint. I decided to use a dark ivory (similar to the color of the globe) for my first coat so I could get the shape of the letters right. And if I made a mistake and needed to wipe it off quickly, any lingering bits of paint would blend in.
I wiped off one letter in the marker with a damp paper towel and followed it by painting the letter. One by one so I could keep the format on track.
After my first coat was done and I was happy with both the placement and shape of the letters, I went back over everything with a bright white. I used latex house paint for this project because it comes as a paint and primer in one and is a lot more washable than something like craft paint.
The whole project took me 30 minutes and was really fun for me to do. If you don’t feel comfortable using a paint brush (I used a small detail brush), I bet something like a sharpie paint pen would work, too! Or if you have a cool Cricut or Silhouette…well, color me jealous.