Decorating with Vintage Globes

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DIY Globe Light Fixture. DIY Showoff

Are you a world traveler?  Do you want to be?  Most of us don't have the type of job, leisure time or cash flow to afford us the pleasure of traveling as far or as widely as we'd like; however, you don't have to be well-traveled to enjoy the beauty of a globe.  The colors and fascinating history of vintage globes in particular add a layer of interest to any room.  

Globes are beautiful perched on bookcases; but, they don't have to be relegated to office spaces.

They are also right at home in play spaces and children's rooms; family rooms; and even as seasonal decorations.  Because they are fairly inexpensive and easy to find at yard sales and flea markets, it isn't hard to amass a collection for visual impact on a shelf or mantel.   

Indeed, globes are beautiful on their own or as part of a larger collection.  And while it's true that globes are often intended for educational purposes, decorators and stylists love them for all the ways they can be repurposed in a space.  The vintage ones--since the place names are often out-of-date anyway--are fun to upcycle as objets d'art or even DIY light fixtures!  

Here are some ways bloggers have decorated with globes.

  • Pies and Puggles used chalkboard paint to paint a globe with one word that has a ton of meaning, considering the canvas.
  • Roeshel at DIY Show Off created an industrial shade for a light fixture that you just have to see.
  • Patina White created a unique piece of wall art by affixing a globe in a shadow box.
  • Here's another painted globe: No Biggie used an inspirational quote on this one.
  • This bowl made out of a globe by Better Homes & Gardens could be filled with photos of your travels, or postcards.
  • Attach some clock hands to a globe to make an interesting timepiece like this one from Instructables.  
  • If you champion the environment, celebrate Earth Day with a mantel full of globes like this one on Organize & Decorate Everything.
  • Sassy Style cleverly repurposed her vintage globe collection as a Christmas display with a "Peace on Earth" theme.  
  • Similarly, Nesting in the Bluegrass made a beautiful Christmas display shouting "Joy to the World" using vintage accessories and a globe.