7 Ways to Decorate With Vintage Globes

globe wall art
Patina White

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 The vintage ones—since the names of places are often out-of-date anyway—are fun to upcycle as objets d'art or even DIY light fixtures.  

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    Chalkboard Globe

    chalkboard globe
    Pies and Puggles

    If you're willing to sacrifice most of the original aesthetic of your vintage globe to create something new—this is the project for you. Turn a globe into a beautiful and unique piece of art with some chalkboard paint and a single word that has big meaning, considering the canvas. The folks behind Pies & Puggles chose "Peace" but you could say almost anything, like "Hello" in a foreign language, "Love" or even a fun phrase like, "Let's go!"

    Chalkboard Globe Tutorial from Pies and Puggles.

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    Globe Light Fixture

    DIY globe light shade
    DIY Showoff

    Ready to take your vintage globe to wild new heights? Consider deconstructing the two hemispheres and creating a totally fun and funky light fixture. DIY Showoff has everything you need to know about making this industrial shade that will fly under the radar, but once it gets noticed, guests won't be able to look away.

    Globe Light Fixture Tutorial from DIY Showoff

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    Globe Wall Art

    globe wall art
    Patina White

    Talk about a whole new world view. Patina White has a cool and unusual project involving slicing your vintage globe in half and mounting it in a shadowbox. Depending on what color yours is, this could represent a sunny day, a starry night, the infinite universe...or the great unknown in any color you desire.

    Globe Wall Art from Patina White

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    Painted Globe

    Globe Art
    No Biggie

    Make something old feel new again by giving it a fresh purpose. Try painting, tracing or using stick-on letters to emblazon a fun or inspiring phrase or quote on your globe. This tutorial from No Biggie explains how to paint the letters on with expert detail, but don't be afraid to take this project in your own playful (or simplistic) way.

    Painted Globe Tutorial from No Biggie

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    Globe Accent Bowl

    globe bowl
    Studio M

    Turn your world upside down, literally! This fun and useful project from Studio M will show you how to create a decorative accent bowl out of a vintage globe. You could fill it with just about anything, depending on how you seal or coat the inside—from potpourri or Christmas cards to salad, fruits or anything else you can dream up, honestly.

    Worldly Decor from Studio M

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    A Mantel Full of Globes

    globe mantel
    Organize & Decorate Everything

    For some of us, one vintage find isn't enough. If you're working on a collection, we say, show 'em off! Especially if you champion the environment, you could celebrate Earth Day with a mantel full of globes, or use them to decorate your whole dining table, scattered with candles.

    Globe Mantel from Organize & Decorate Everything.

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    Christmas Globe Mantel Piece

    Christmas Globe Decoration
    Nesting in the Bluegrass

    This beautiful Christmas display shouts "Joy to the World," literally! We love this charming display using vintage accessories, like stockings and tiny ornaments—but is really brought together by a cute globe. This idea comes from Nesting in the Bluegrass, and we love it. It's uniquely fun and festive and inclusive, too. 

    Christmas Globe Mantel Piece from Nesting in the Bluegrass