{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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    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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    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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    what a fantastic upcycle:) so cute
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  5. says

    love what you did with this globe! I have been on the lookout for a globe of my own- with no luck!

  6. says

    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 :)

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    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!


  8. says

    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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  9. says

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


  10. says

    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….

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    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!


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