This globe was a last minute addition to my projects for the Oh, The Places You'll Go party I helped with for my daughter's preschool graduation. It was totally inspired by artist Wendy Gold who sells amazing decoupaged globes in her Etsy shop, ImagineNations. As much as I would have loved to support her work, I had a very limited budget and was forced to make do on my own. One of the moms on the party committe had this extra globe she no longer needed, so I hit it with some of the leftover paint from my cake plates and decoupaged images I had scanned, as well as a few I downloaded from an image search.
To paint the globe, I took it apart and stuck it on a stick in the yard...like a giant cake pop. I assumed that I would not be able to see the map images through the paint, but was pleasantly surprised when they were still visible after the first coat.
Cutting out the images took the most time...very fiddly work! But decoupaging went quickly. The ink in my images ran a little and gave them an almost hand-painted look that I really liked. All in all, I thought it turned out really well. We used it on the cake table and I gave it to the preschool director to keep after the party.
If you like this idea and want to try one on your own, I say go for it! This is actually a fairly easy project and ImagineNations even has some DIY kits for sale if you don't want to mess with sourcing your own images.
Please let me know if you make a globe. I'd love to see your photos and will be happy to link to your blog if you decide to share your experiences making one. If you want to keep in touch...here's where I am...
Check back soon for the final post about the actual party and then I'm switching gears to a travel post and a girly outer-space themed birthday party. XOXO, Cindi