Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Altered Globe (Butterflies and brass effect)

I finished making this altered globe tonight and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you can't tell, but this cost little more than £2 to make!  I got the globe from Poundland (have a guess how much it was!) as was a can of grey primer spray paint.  The rest was done with materials I already had (acrylic paints, Mod Podge and computer printouts from my favourite free image blogger, The Graphics Fairy).

The globe was really cheap and nasty looking, but I didn't mind, I got it purposely to have a go at altering.

I started by spraying the whole thing with primer paint, before using acrylics (white sponged all over the globe; the frame was painted brown all over, then teal lightly brushed randomly and gold sponged over).

I then decoupaged the butterflies on and gave it a couple of coats of Mod Podge.

If I were to make one again I think I would resize the butterfly images before printing so that they're smaller.


  • Plastic globe
  • Grey primer spray paint
  • Acrylic paints (white, brown, teal and gold- or to be specific: white, burnt umber, a mix of viridian green for the teal and cerulean blue and indescent gold).
  • Mod Podge
  • Vintage butterfly graphics
  • Sponges and foam brushes.
I had great fun making this and have learned from a few mistakes along the way.  Because the globe was so cheap I'll probably get another one and try something different.  I'll update this post with a picture of the unaltered globe when I get another one.  I didn't think to take pics before or during!

Sorry for the glare of the sunlight in the mirror, I was too keen to get a picture taken to share to wait for a better time of day!


  1. this is awesome:) i was looking at the globes in poundland the other day to buy one for Faye for her geography
    absolutely love what you've done with it:)

  2. Wow Clare that is fab! What a great idea.

  3. Thank you very much! I'm quite pleased with the transformation. :)

  4. Hi! Found your blog through the Graphics Fairy Brag Monday party and I really love this gloebe... it's a really clever idea and a great result too!

  5. This is awesome!! There are decoupaged globes on Etsy going for 599.00 yours looks just as great. I can't wait for you to do another one! :)

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