DIY: Summer Wanderlust Globe

I am VERY excited about this DIY because it’s something I have been wanting to do for SO long. I constantly have the biggest case of wanderlust and it seems to peak in the summer. I think it has something to do with the warm weather and the fact that so many people are traveling and going on these amazing trips. Summer should be all about traveling to that next destination on your bucket list!

Speaking of traveling, my now hubby and I recently got back from our honeymoon. We went to Puerto Rico, St Martin, St Kitts, Antigua, Martinique and Barbados. I highly recommend getting out to visit some of these places, especially Puerto Rico. The people are amazing and the culture is something to fall head-over-heels in love with.

Although we had a blast traveling, it was nice to come home and get back into the groove of things. Shortly after returning, I had to hit up our local Goodwill of Orange County store because it had been too long. And let me tell you, I am so glad that I went when I did.

I picked up this amazing globe for a fun DIY, some paintbrushes, the cutest button down top (that I can’t stop wearing) and a super fun gold initial necklace for my brother’s fiancé! I seem to luck out every time I go and I am definitely ok with that!

I about squealed when I saw this globe sitting on the shelf at the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin. I was THAT excited. I have been searching for a great deal on a globe because I have always wanted to turn it into something more.

Here’s how you can turn a simple globe into a wanderlust-inspired standout home decor piece!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 globe
  • 2 acrylic paint colors (your choice) – 1 for the oceans and 1 for the continents
  • 1 paint pen in a color of your choice
  • Paintbrushes

First I made sure that the globe was clean and free of any paper tears or sticky tape.

Once that was done, I started with a small paintbrush and some black paint. I traced the outlines of the continents and then proceeded to fill in the ocean with the black paint. Don’t worry about the smaller islands outside of the major shapes. I covered a lot of those with the black paint as well. I was more focused on just the major shape of the continents. In order to get the coverage needed, I used two coats of black acrylic paint.

Next, I took the white paint and traced the edges of the continents. You have to be pretty patient with this as you’re tracing up against the black paint. If you do make any mistakes, you can always go back later and cover it up. In order to get the coverage needed for the continents, I had to use three coats of white paint. Had I used a darker color, I may have only needed two. You can be the judge here and see what works best for you.

Finally, I used the paint pen to write a saying that I love onto the globe: Veni. Vidi. Amavi. We came. We saw. We loved.

Feel free to use your favorite travel quote or saying. Personalize this and make it meaningful to you.

A couple of tips:

  1. Let each coat dry for a couple of hours before starting the next.
  2. If possible, try to see if you can take your globe apart to paint the top and bottom.
  3. If your globe cannot come apart easily (mine didn’t), paint Antarctica and the bottom of the globe last and once everything else is dry.

I had so much fun with this project and love coming home to it sitting on our shelf! It’s fun to sit and stare at it while I daydream about our next destination. With so many on my mind, there is no telling where we will go next!

Created by Chantelly Satchell of Shimmer + Flare.

Follow along with her other DIYs on Instagram!


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