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Typographical Globe

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Add color and style to an empty corner of your house with this Typographical Globe from Jessica Hill.  Decorative crafts like this would look great in an office or a living room.  Made with various thrift store finds, this fun craft is great for travelers and adventure seekers!  This is also a great way to help kids learn their geography.

 Typographical Globe

Materials:

  • A globe
  • A lamp base, including the metal rod
  • Hex nuts
  • Spray paint – I used Krylon’s champagne nouveau and oil rubbed bronze
  • Letter stickers in various sizes, fonts, and colors
  • Packing tape
  • Wax paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear protectant spray
  • Lamp parts
     

Instructions:

  1. Did you know that most lamp bases come apart into several pieces? They are all stacked onto a central rod which is bolted at each end. When you take the lamp apart, all those pieces that can be rearranged in whatever configuration you want!

    Typographical Globe

    Typographical Globe
     
  2. You can use this same process to make a pedestal that can be used for just about anything. Put a plant on top of it – instant plant stand. Glue a tray to the top of it and have yourself a new side table. Use your imagination!

    Typographical Globe
     
  3. Spray paint the lamp parts whatever color you desire.

    Typographical Globe
     
  4. Now that the pedestal was underway, it was time to get working on the art globe. I traced each of the continents onto wax paper.

    Typographical Globe
     
  5. Then I covered the area of each continent with packing tape. This will all make sense eventually.

    Typographical Globe
     
  6. I bought letter stickers at an office supply store to create the typographical element of the piece.
     
  7. I spelled out the name of the continent using the largest letters. For some continents, like Australia, the name was too big for the space, but I actually like how that added to the design.

    Typographical Globe
     
  8. Then, I applied letter stickers in the other 2 fonts and sizes all over the area of the continent, making sure to overlap the border in places.

    Typographical Globe
     
  9. Next, I flipped the wax paper over and cut the continent out along the borders. See how I cut through the letters that overlapped the border?

    Typographical Globe
     
  10. With just a bit of picking, I was able to peel the wax paper off of the packing tape.

    Typographical Globe
     
  11. Meanwhile, I spray painted the globe itself a shimmery gold color.

    Typographical Globe
     
  12. When the wax paper was peeled off the tape, I was left with a continent-shaped sticker made up of letters! All I had to do was stick all the continents on, smooth them out, and seal the whole thing with a protective coat of clear paint.

    Typographical Globe

 

 

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