The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Make a ribbon covered globe for Halloween.

Last year I snapped up a cool old globe for 50 cents at a yard sale and I used chalkboard paint to make a Scary Places Halloween Globe.   Well, it’s been sitting in the garage since last Halloween and I’ve been thinking about how to change it up for this year without ruining the chalkboard paint.

The answer?  Ribbons.

I got lots of coordinating ribbon and just added strip after strip to the globe until I liked how it looked.
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an old globe
  • various coordinating ribbon
  • scissors
  • double sided adhesive (I used Aleene’s Tacky Dot Roll which, I love.)
  • glue gun
  • fabric flower or leaf embellishments
  • black stamp
Because I don’t want to ruin the globe itself, I opted to adhere the bottom layer of ribbons to the globe with double sided adhesive so I could take it off again.

I love the little tacky dots because I can get them onto the ribbon with one hand.  Press the ribbon to the dot and it comes right up.  Stick one end of the ribbon to the top of the globe and pull it tight, wrapping it down to the bottom of the globe.  Space them in a fairly even manner.

When the top of the globe is covered with the fabric from the ribbon, that’s the time to fire up your glue gun.  Put a dab of hot glue on the end of a length of ribbon and glue it to the ribbon “base” that is stuck on with the sticky dots.

Add another dab of glue to the other end of the ribbon and pull it down firmly across the globe and secure it to the bottom.  You want to pull the ribbons tight across the globe so that they will lay flat.

Something to note: you will be pulling the ribbon from the top point on the globe down to the bottom point on the globe.  It’s held in there at an angle, so the best way to keep the ribbon fairly straight is to go from point A to point B.

Keep adding layers of ribbon until the whole globe is covered.  I found the best way to do this was to do one kind of ribbon at a time and just keep turning the globe in order to evenly space them.

So then what to do with the raw edges on the top…?  I tried wrapping ribbon around it.  Um, no.  I tried to do a little fringe of ribbons… wasn’t really feeling it.  Tried to cut out a black circle to “cap it off”.  Major fail.

Then I remembered these little silver leaves I bought for no other reason than that they were on clearance for 22 cents.

I dug into my stash and hot glued them, overlapping in a circle.  A thinking girl would have thought to rub them with a black stamp before gluing them onto the globe, but apparently I am not a thinking girl.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I’m so excited for Halloween!  (And I’m also excited that when Halloween is over, I can easily pull off all of this ribbon and still have a globe AND good sized lengths of ribbon for other projects.)
Win, win, win.

Linking this to Home Stories A 2 Z



~PJ said...

September 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Saweeeet! Now for some reason when I read globe in the title I was thinking snow globe not world globe... So the mental picture I was preparing myself for was MUCH different! Lol.


Vanessa said...

September 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Hi, Vivienne

This is lovely! What a great idea too.


Molly said...

September 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm
I just saw this on Pinterest, and just had to stop by because I LOVE it! Oh my gosh, I just saw a globe at Goodwill yesterday, I'm seriously going back today to pick it up so I can make one of these. Well done!
I'd like to invite you to come link up your Fall projects at my monthly themed party called SPARK if you'd like-
I really hope to see you there, this project is too cool not to share :)

Janette Johanson said...

September 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm
You really should start selling the things you make! I am always so amazed and I know it probably seems to simple to you to whip these up but I think you have a great eye for it!
CUTE! Now I need a globe!

Bliss said...

September 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm
That is cute. Do not add feathers!


Good Time Charlie said...

September 7, 2012 at 12:17 am
I love this project, and this was so NOT a craft fail. I agree with Bliss, put the feathers down ma'am.

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

September 7, 2012 at 1:46 am
Love it, Viv!! And I LOVE that its not permanent! That's my kind of project. ;)

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters/USS Crafty said...

September 7, 2012 at 3:20 am
Fab-u-lous! This is a really cool idea, and I LOVE the ribbon you used and the silver leaves are awesome, too! lovely globe! awesome job!

Johnnie said...

September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am
I dig it, Vivienne! You can change it out for all the holidays too. Sweet.

tvdinnerpro said...

September 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm
AWESOME idea! I love it! xoxo (Malia)

Mary Beth said...

September 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm
I love what you did with this globe. Talk about thinking outside of the box (or orb as the case may be) ~ kudos!

Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

September 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm
I love how this project turned out! Super cute & unique decoration. I have an old globe I bought at a yard sale (one of my more questionable purchases) - I need to figure out what the heck I'm going to do with mine :)

Amy* said...

September 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm
This is so cool! First of all you had me at chalk board painted globe but I love the idea to temporarily change it up with the seasons. The ribbons are so elegantly festive and I absolutely LOVE how you finished it off with the silver leaves at the top.


Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

September 10, 2012 at 10:57 am
Ok...absolutely LOVE this! The ribbons are precious and those 22 cent leaves at the top are perfect!!!! Incredibly creative!! :)

K Coake said...

September 11, 2012 at 1:14 am
What a great idea! I love the ribbons and the leaves on top finish it of perfectly.

Meghan said...

September 11, 2012 at 1:22 am
This is totally awesome!!!!!!!

Judy said...

September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm
That is a super creative idea. I love the ribbon on the globe and I love that it's temporary so you can change it out with the seasons. I would love for you to link up to my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Hope to see you there.

Laura / The Shed blog, by Pet Scribbles said...

September 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm
You are rockin' the pumpkins this year! This globe/pumpkin is fantastic!

Chelsea @ two twenty one said...

September 12, 2012 at 4:00 am
I tell ya, you're one smart cookie. Such a great idea! I'm excited to see what other cool things you come up with for Halloween!

Lisa Hall said...

September 14, 2012 at 2:40 am
Such a cute idea and great deco for Halloween!

A Black and Gold Christmas: Holiday House tour - The V Spot said...

December 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm
[…] also love this wreath, made with bits of ribbon leftover from this project and roses made from coffee filters, which I spray painted […]

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