DIY Handpainted Globe

Unique globes have been on the rise in home (and wedding!) decor in the past few years and I honestly LOVE the trend! The handpainted ones have always been my favorite but come with a huge price tag… well over $100 and sometimes even into the $200s for a nice, well-painted globe! It’s a pretty ridiculous amount to spend on a single decor object for your home, especially when you can do it yourself! (Note: After having painted my own globe, I can totally see why people charge that much for one that they’ve painted. They take a good 5-6 hours to paint well! That being said, it’s worth it to make a DIY one instead of shelling out a couple hundred dollars.)


I’m not really sure where the trend started but as with most things creative and unique, my best guess is Anthropologie. Anthropologie sold this globe on their website for somewhere around $150-$200 a year or so ago, and I’m guessing it played into the handpainted globe craze that’s now on sites like Etsy. The good news is that they’re actually decently easy to make, if you’re willing to invest the time.

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  1. Paint everything that you want painted in the lighter color and let dry. For me, this meant painting all the landmasses a nice shade of mint. With the lighter color, you may need several coats to get good coverage.
  2. Paint everything that you want painted in the darker color and let dry. For me, this was the oceans!
  3. Once your globe is try, use a gold paint pen to add the continent and ocean names. Or, if you like a simpler look, leave the names off!
  4. Admire your work 🙂
  5. TIP: Try not to be too worried about painting everything precisely as it is on the globe. Paint over some of the smaller islands, especially in the Pacific Ocean, as it will save you a LOT of stress and time and give you a better overall look!

Supplies I Used

  • Globe (Threshold Desktop Globe with Gold Base, Target)
  • Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Deep Sea
  • Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Pea Shoot
  • EK Success Brands Dual-Tip Pen in Gold (I found mine at Target on their crafting aisle)
  • Medium and small brushes

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy crafting!


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