Greetings, Friends! I hope you are having a great week! With cold weather still lingering, (thank you, Punxatauney Phil) I’m taking a look back at my son’s wedding last fall and remembering a fun project they chose as a DIY. Using a globe as a wedding guest book! Come see how it’s done!
During the wedding planning process, we saw the idea of using a globe as a guest book as an alternative to the usual guest book on Pinterest. The engaged couple loved the idea! This was appropriate in a number of ways. First of all, when my son proposed to his long time love, he promised they would “travel the world together”. They already had several amazing adventures under their belts but since they both love to travel and explore, a globe seemed fitting. And more travels to come!
Also, usually when guests sign a book at a wedding, the book goes in a drawer, never to be seen again. This way, they can display the globe as a piece of art and when they see it be reminded of their special day and their loved ones that shared it with them. Of course, I happily volunteered to make it for them!
I found a large globe that was in good shape at a local antique store. Usually they are fairly affordable and you can find them for about $20 or less. This one had an oak base and gold colored axis.
There is a screw on the underside of the base and a pin at the top. Once you loosen the screw the axis assembly comes apart easily. Time for paint!
Luckily the weather was nice and I was able to paint outside. Oh, how I long for outdoor painting weather again!
I painted the round globe with two coats of flat black chalk paint, although any paint will do. Even white! And since black and gold were the two primary colors of the wedding, I spray painted the base and axis gold. Once it was dry, reassembly was a snap!
You can see the continents are still raised and that’s fine. It gives the globe a nice depth.
The base definitely looks better painted gold. Wouldn’t you agree?
And here it is, ready for it’s wedding debut!
We bought several permanent marker pens in gold and left them on the table next to the globe. My sweet sister, Stephanie, made the gold sign which said, “Please sign our Guest Globe”. At the bottom it said, “We will travel the world together” ~Chase on proposal night 12/21/16. I love this so much. (Photo credit Libby Hansen Smith)
Now that the wedding is a lovely memory now, the sweet couple have a unique reminder of their beautiful wedding and the fun we all had. It was truly a magical night to remember! You can see the joy on their faces after the ceremony! Aren’t they a beautiful couple?
So, another quick and easy DIY project for a wedding. This would also be pretty done up in white and gold! If you look on Etsy, you can custom order a globe similar to this for a mere $170. A tad expensive, but they do have some great ideas on how to customize the globes, etc. My advise would be to look on Etsy and Pinterest, gather some ideas and make your own wedding guest globe!
Well, thank you for stopping by! I love to hear from you. Hope you have a wonderful evening! xo Dell