{Thrifty Thursday} A Washi Globe Upcycle

I found this globe while thrifting and really liked the colors of the continents so it was SOLD in a heartbeat. I knew right away I would incorporate mint and pink tones on the base. This project was so quick and easy. I had this completed before end of the day and was beaming with pride. 

So first I cleaned this piece up a bit. THEN I had the mother of all ideas sneak into my brain. I wanted to add a fun pattern on the globe but wasn’t sure how to accomplish this. I considered fabric {Liberty of London pattern} on the base but thought that might actually take away from the globe rather than add to it. I have a few rolls of washi tape and decided to give it a go. What’s good about this tape is it is slightly opaque. Which is perfect in this case because it didn’t hide the continent detail completely once added on the equator line.

 Next I disassembled it all {sorry for the bad lighting of my evening project + the ugly blue tarp}.

Next I spray painted the mint colored parts {I used the professional Luiqitex spray paint}. 

I then used the light pink {ballet slipper} spray paint to transition from mint to a bright pink on the bottom.

Finally I made the base a bright pink to match the washi tape brilliance.


And the project is complete! Total project cost was around $20 but this was because I had to buy my mint and bright pink spray paint. Luckily I used my coupons and got the bright pink can for free. The thrifted globe was $9.99 which would have normally cost somewhere in the range of $35-$60 according to a quick Google shopping search. 

Thanks for reading about this successful DIY project. Now you hunt those globes down and GIVE THEM SOME LOVE PEOPLE! You have to know that if you create a study area this fab for your own kidlets they are guaranteed to be scholarly boy + girl wonders! Haha!

And here is a sample of the globe in a bookworm + fake nerdy glasses photo shoot. How cute is this?! Special thanks to Flecky Fotography!
Rachel of Harding Family Happenings is a contributor for A Night Owl.
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  1. That is adorable! Love the washi tape and the fun paint colors she used!
    mandy @ this girl’s life recently posted..{take me out to the ballgame}My Profile

  2. so cute! i found a similar globe a few weeks back and I didn’t even think to “update” it!
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  3. Genius idea. Seriously.
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  4. that looks so adorable now!! love it!!


  5. Awesome! I love seeing globes redone. Love that last picture!
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  6. wow! this looks so awesome. I’ve always wanted an old globe in our house (maybe my husbands office)

  7. I LOVE the washi equator and the great colors! Fabulous photo of your little one too!

  8. So cute! What a great makeover!
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  9. This is amazing….. I have a bit of an obsession with maps and globes, so you could probably have done anything and I would have loved it. But it really is cool!
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  10. great colors and the washi tape is genius on a globe! The lil girl is pretty darn cute too!!!!!

  11. This is such a super fun idea, came out great!! I have really got to check out this washi tape I see and hear so much fun things about!! Awesome upcycle:)
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  12. loving this! Awesome job!
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  13. That is so totally cute! I love it.
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  14. I love this globe! It looks great.

  15. Wow!! This is just so stinkin’ cute! Thanks for the great inspiration …….I have an old dusty globe that is SO ready for a makeover :)
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  16. Okay, that’s awesome. My lovely daughter decided to rip the little red equator strip right off of my globe, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix it. This would do the trick. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  17. LOVE the look of this! Great job!!
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  18. YAY! I have a globe I’ve been wanting to do something with! AND I have a ton of cute washi tape just crying for a project!
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  19. How adorable! I love globes anyway & this looks so fun. Love your creativity!

    Warmly, Michelle

  20. Wow, what a cool up cycle, it looks fantastic! Thank for the tutorial and have a great Day.

  21. what a fantastic upcycle:) so cute
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  22. Super Cute … the globes and your baby girl!! I have a globe collection – I may have to try this little trick. Love it!
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  23. love what you did with this globe! I have been on the lookout for a globe of my own- with no luck!

  24. Extremely cute! Love the colors you chose!!
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  25. SO awesome!!! I have a ton of globes in my son’s room and it would be neat to spruce them up a bit. That last pic is ADORABLE! Just popping in from TT&J :)

  26. This is soooooo adorable! I love it! I have the exact same globe that could use a cute makeover!

  27. Your globe is SO cute. I totally love it!
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  28. I’ve always been fascinated with maps so of course, I love this! I would love for you to share it on my Marvelous Mondays party. http://www.jamscorner.com/2012/07/marvelous-mondays-link-party-5.html

    Have a great day!

  29. What a great idea! I would have never thought to add washi tape! I adore the sticky wonder and am excited to hunt for the perfect globe. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Have a happy day!


  30. I need this globe for my classroom! LOVE IT! :)
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  31. OMG! I have been resisting washi tape but now I see that I MUST have some! I love what you’ve done with the globe, it has a whole new life now!

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  32. So cute! I love the pops of color. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!
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  33. Your globe turned out so cute! I love your color choices. I was looking at the flee market wanting to find one, but haven’t yet found one. Honestly, can’t wait to create a globe re-do.
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  34. What a lovely and creative idea!
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  35. I love the look of this. What a clever way to modernize it and make it pop with color. You are so creative!

  36. Totally DIGGIN’ the globe transformation!! I sooo need to get some washi tape! LOVE the bookworm!! Adorable!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
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  37. how fun fun fun fun fun – I absolutely love it. what a fresh funky vibe you’ve given this globe!
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  38. Oh my goodness, this is adorable. I have never thought to use washi tape around the middle. :)
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  39. This is super sweet! Love that girl also.. (besides the globe) …
    So good, I would like to invite you to show off your work at our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ . Thank you in advance for joining in!
    Rose, the ‘Home Decor DIY Craft – ster’ recently posted..Fun Summer Craft IdeasMy Profile

  40. Now THAT is brilliant! I’m going to look at globes in a whole new way. :) Thank you so much for linking up to our party!! :)
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  41. Wow, what a transformation. I love this idea and I just adore that last sweet picture. I will be featuring this at Natasha in Oz today!

    Thanks for linking this great post up to my Say G’Day Linky Party. Hope you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
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  42. I have been looking at antique stores and thrift stores for a globe, but I haven’t found one and didn’t think to do THAT with one!!! AMAZING!!!
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  43. Just stopping by to thank you for sharing this at Marvelous Mondays! Have a great weekend. :)

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  44. This is so stinkin’ fantastic!! I’m so glad you linked up last week! And the photo shoot gal is AdOrAbLe!!


  45. I’ve got my marching orders … I’ll be hunting down some globes to give some love with spray paint and washi tape!

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



  46. I love your washi tape globe, great idea! I have a washi tape giveaway going on right now that ends tonight. There aren’t very many entries so your chances of winning are really good! I thought you and your readers might be interested. The URL is:

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  47. I have a globe collection but I do believe I hear them screaming for a colorful makeover!

    Love that you painted the base too!

    So glad you joined our Color party – pinning this!

  48. Love the title of your blog …..because I have been a Nite Owl forever….
    Love what you did on the globe way cute….but if I ever had as many comments as this …I would be way happy…..The pic …..sweet girl with glasses I love love….

  49. I’m featuring this today at Crazy for Color party!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..Crazy for Color Fabulous FeaturesMy Profile

  50. I never thought about redoing a globe. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you’ll be back next week!

  51. this is so so cute! i have a globe in my office, and i think it could use a little love like this…

  52. What a CUTE idea!! And, that photo-shoot picture is too cute for words. That’s the most adorable “nerd” I’ve ever seen!! :)
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  53. I just had to feature this at Pretty Things THurs this week! Thanks for sharing!

  54. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Just found it on Pinterest! Would love for you to link it up today at THE Pin It Party! The three co-hosts pick their three faves and pin them to a board with over 250 followers. Hope you can make it! XO, ellie

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