Friday, February 24, 2012

$5 Friday: Globe upcycled for Spring!

I got this globe at a yard sale for $1! The axis thingy was broken, so I have been trying to figure out what I could do to turn it into a fun piece of Spring decor. Here's what I came up with...


I love how it has an "earthy" feel {hahaha} with the natural elements of moss and flowers. I am excited to incorporate it into my Spring Mantel {hopefully I'll have that ready to show you next week!}
Here's how I created my beautiful spring globe:


I got this amazing moss "ribbon" at JoAnn's and it worked perfectly for cutting out all of the continents. I made a simple pattern using plastic and a chalk marker to trace around the continents. Once all of my moss was cut out, I painted all the "land" on the globe in a green color to match the moss. Then I used a lot of hot glue to complete the project! I glued the moss on first, and then started gluing the flowers one at a time. I found these robin's egg blue paper flowers at a scrapbook store years ago! They have been sitting in my craft room and I was so happy to finally find the perfect use for them :) I started out gluing them pretty close together, but soon realized that I wouldn't have enough flowers to fill the entire "ocean" so I started spacing them out strategically at the top and base of the globe. I really like the end result with the original pacific ocean showing through!

I even left a special spot to show the original globe manufacturer's name:


So, what do you think?


I love it!!!
{And it really did cost me less than $5... $1 for the globe, $3 for the moss ribbon -- I got it for 75% off because the package was opened-- and the flowers were free!}

What are you doing to bring a little "spring" in?

{Oh, and p.s. I'm entering this project in the American Crafter auditions :) Check it out!}










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49 comments:

  1. I love it so much! It's absolutely perfect for spring. And ONE DOLLAR for the globe!? I'm so jealous.

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    1. Thanks! I know, I was dying when I saw that globe laying there with a $1 pricetag! There was a silver candelabra thing too that I didn't end up getting and I've been kicking myself ever since :)

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  2. That is the cutest use for an old globe I have seen. Just adorable. Now I'll have my eye out for an old globe at Good Will. Visiting from the grow your blog hop. I'm your newest follower.

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  3. This is SO unique, and very lovely! Good luck at American Crafter!
    : )
    Jaimee @ craftinterrupted.com

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  4. No freaking way!! This is so unique and pretty!!!! Who would have thought to cover a globe like that- so cool!!!

    btw I tagged you in a question and answer game Holly if you want to play along :)

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  5. Wow, this is such a neat idea! Congrats to you for totally out-of-the-box thinking :)

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  6. This is awesome. I love globes first of all. I always want to buy globes when I see them.You can find them in so many sizes and colors I just find them so interesting. You just got my wheels turning now with making this globe tactile and 3-D! how awesome is that. Not only is it decorative but what a great piece aesthetically. This would translate well for children so well especially ones that find it therapeutic to touch different textures. Great job! Lesley

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  7. This is adorable and very unique. Love it.

    Carolyn xx

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  8. wow, this is amazing such a fun idea, i would love it if you have the time to come and link it up at my party on today at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/hi-every-one-i-hope-you-have-had-great.html

    hope to see you there xxx

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  9. This is soooo cute and sooo fun! How clever!!! My kiddos think this is the "coolest!!" ;)

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  10. Amazingly creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. What a creative project! Never seen anything like it. Makes me wish I had a globe laying around...

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  12. Oh hush up!! That's the cutest thing EVER!! I want one!! :)

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  13. oh my gosh, that is adorable! I am totally loving globes right now!!! Wish I had one I wasn't using!!!
    gatheredinthekitchen.com

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  14. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_23.html

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  15. This is SERIOUSLY cool and belongs in a magazine! I am now on the search for a globe...and the moss, I hear it is going to be all the rage this season! Would love it if you could share this with my peeps at Destination: Inspiration on Teagan's Travels going on now. In the meantime, I am so pinning this!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/02/destination-inspiration-linky-party-4.html

    Thanks, Michelle

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  16. Really creative. I like these.

    As you can tell from my blog and my pinterest, I do really love travel related art.

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  17. Oh my word!!!! I'm in LOVE with this globe! Pinning it! Following You!

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  18. This is so creative! I love it! I would love for you to link up to our party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-link-party-week-28.html

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  19. Such a fun and cute idea. I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  20. Now that I've seen it, I want a globe too!!! Great project!

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  21. This is brilliant! I love how it turned out.

    Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

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  22. This is super cute! Never would have thought to make my own little globe :)

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  23. oh my gosh this is adorable! who would've thought? I love this idea!!

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  24. I love it!
    Reminds me of something out of Jane Austen or Little Women :)

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    1. featured you on my blog today, go check it out!
      http://anightowlblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinning-going-global.html

      kimberly :)

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  26. This is SUCH a cool idea! Would make a great art project for schooling too. I love it!

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  27. So awesome! LOVE this!!

    http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

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  28. I think this is just SO cute and crafty -- I featured it at my Favorite Finds Friday :)

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  29. this is such a GREAT idea. love love love. i'll certainly be making one of my own!

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  30. I love it! I have an old globe sitting here on my desk and it would look so much cuter transforming it like you did. I will definitely have to do this!

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  31. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today. Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share.

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-share-29-features.html

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  32. I just pinned this - love it!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

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  33. Holly, Love this! We featured it tonight !! Bonnie @ Uncommon

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  34. Even though you're now my competition in AC, I'm STILL featuring this awesome globe tomorrow ;-).

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  35. This is so freakin cool you girls are awesome off to have a snoopy around to see what else I can be inspired by :)

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  36. This is so great! I would love feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  37. I am going to spend a lot of time visiting here.
    To Cool!
    Missy

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  38. I have seen this thing floating around Pinterest for a month now wondering who the creators were and here you are! So cool! I am visiting from Cents Girl's blog!

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  39. I am visiting via Centsational Girl. I adore your project. So clever!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

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  40. This is A-dorable! Thanks for the inspiration. Lisa~

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  41. Ooh, I love this! Wonderful!!

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  42. SO cute! What a fun spring globe! I think the best part though is how cheap it was to make! Awesome :) You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby's 'Upcycle Challenge'! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/3/upcycle-it-sweeps

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