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It’s about that time to start thinking about back to school. It’s hard for me to believe that my oldest, my daughter, will be starting her junior year of college! She joined Alpha Gamma Delta last year, and as you can imagine, sorority gifts are pricey. She received several custom items when she was recruited, we gave her a few pieces for Christmas, and now they’re all special treasures.
I’ve had my eye on painted globes on Pinterest since I first saw them at Anthropologie. I knew I could DIY one for a lot less. For this month’s Craft Room Destash Challenge, I combined the two ideas to create a customized globe for her apartment.
IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER MONTHLY CRAFT DE-STASH, HOSTED BY C’MON GET CRAFTY!
The Craft Room Detash Challenge is a lot of fun. Every month, a group of bloggers challenge each other to design a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! We hope to inspire you to make something fun from your own stash.
The Crafty Destash challenge the group of creative bloggers make something – anything – using primarily items within our own “stash”. We’re allowed to spend up to $10 for necessary supplies (i.e. paintbushes, glue, ribbon, etc..)
If you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can request to join our Facebook group here!
I decided to “clean out my craft room” earlier this month, and this is a photo of one of the boxes I was working on. As you can see, I’ve got a bunch of stuff.
I came across a globe in the box that I had 100% forgot I purchased at Ross for $7.99 this past Christmas. I was going to paint it then for a different gift, but ran out of time.
A hand painted globe makes a fun gift, especially because it can be customized to work for any sorority. Painted globes have been around Pinterest for a while, but the first time I saw them was at Anthropologie.
Just about everything my daughter has pertaining to her sorority is covered in Lilly Pulitzer, so naturally this globe gets a Lilly styled makeover too.
HOW TO MAKE A HAND PAINTED GLOBE FOR A SORORITY GIFT
Before I begin, I will say that if you’re not overly confident in your ability to paint flowers or any particular design, there are some really fun pre-designed craft globes available right now. You could get one of these and skip ahead in this tutorial to the personalization part where you add the sorority letters and go from there.
- Globe (I found an inexpensive globe at a local Ross store)
- Chalk paint
- Craft paint
- Paint pens or Posca markers (these are great if you want fine details)
- Carbon tracing paper
- Paint tape
- Clear Sealer
For paint, I used my oldies but goodies. Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White on the base & metal pieces, and AmericanaDecor in Vintage (from this game table makeover) to paint the globe.
First, disassemble the globe from the base.
Next, paint your globe in the base color. I suspended mine over a shish kabob skewer, hung between two buckets for easy access to all the sides.
The thing I love about chalk paint is how versatile it is. One coat of my Annie Sloan covered the wood base, the rock base, and the metal.
Now, it’s time to customize your globe.
Print your sorority letters, cut them out, and use paint tape to attach them to your globe.
With the carbon paper behind your letter, simply trace to transfer the design onto the globe.
Time for color!
Use a white paint pen to trace your letters for a base for your final color. If you’re using a metallic color like I did, this part is very important. The metallics show up a lot better with a primed base color.
For my Lilly inspired flowers, I added white first everywhere I wanted a flower.
When it dried, I used several shades of pink and created the flowers with a series of simple “comma” shaped petals. The trick is to wait for each color to dry before adding the next one. This will result in a lot of crisp layers of petals. Use larger comma shaped petals on the outside, and let them get smaller and smaller as your work your way toward the center of the flower.
I also added a white base where I wanted my leaves. I used a combo of teal and green for the leaves.
When your flowers and leaves are completely dry, it’s time to add the details.
You can add them with your paint pens or Posca markers.
For this globe, I used a combo of gold metallic craft paint and a gold paint pen to fill in the sorority letters and smaller details.
When your paint is completely dry, spray a coat of sealer over the globe. I disassembled mine again and sprayed each piece individually (the globe and the base).
If you like this project and would like to see more from my previous Craft Room Destash ideas, you can check them all out HERE.