I know some people will say I’m crazy for “destroying” a globe but I’m pretty excited by this DIY so I’ll share it anyway. It’s super simple and you could easily put this together in one afternoon. The hardest part for some will probably be finding a globe at the thrift store. Supplies: One globe, various paints, brush, hanging lamp socket cord kit, one light bulb, non-flammable glue [I used E-6000].
First step is to take apart your globe. I pretty much just used my hands to pry it off the base. Next there was a small blue strip wrapped around the equator which I was able to pull off. Using a screw driver I was able to pry apart the Northern and Southern hemispheres. There may be a small metal circle where the base arm was attached. I was able to use wire cutters to cut through mine and pull it out. I have seen some globes with larger circles that make make it more difficult to remove.
Once your globe has been taken apart, use paint to decorate the inside. I used a home safe paint in peacock and then painted over it with the Martha Stewart glitter. I like the way it slightly sparkles when looking into the lamp. I also used gold paint to paint around the base and a small circle on top. I think it gives it a little more personality and makes it look more finished.
As soon as your paint is dry you’ll want to thread the lamp cord through the top. I did have to use a box cutter to make the hole on top a bit bigger to thread the plug through. I’d recommend making an ‘X’ and threading it through that way. Once it was through I glued the ‘X’ back down to keep the cord secure. Once the glue was dry I painted it gold to match the gold circle on top.
I think it turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to find a place to hang it in our house! *I’m not an electrician so please consult one if you are concerned about potential fire hazards. I choose a low watt bulb and there are several inches between the bulb and sides. I wouldn’t leave this lamp on if no one is home but all in all I am not concerned about a fire hazard. Please take all necessary precautions with your own projects including using materials that are safe for high heat, a low watt bulb and consult a professional with any concerns.