Upcycled Your Old Globe Light Covers!

9 Materials
4 Hours

Upcycle your old glass globes inexpensively and easily to create beautiful outdoor table lighting or festive holiday decor. There is no limit to where a can of paint, an old globe light and a battery operated tea light can take you!

upcycled your old globe light covers

Have an old light globes in the closet from from an update and wondered what to do with it? How about making a holiday or seasonal decor that is close to the original purpose?

Since these are glass, it is necessary to watch where they are placed. While no live candle should be used, kicking the glass over could result in it being broken.

upcycled your old globe light covers

• Wash globes well in hot soapy water, dry completely. Rub down globes with a rag or paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol – this helps remove any residual oil or fingerprints, and allows for better paint adhesion.

• Once dry, take globe’s outdoors to spray paint.

• Hanging your globe from a nearby tree branch is a good way to get complete paint coverage, but watch out for over spray! Hold up a piece of cardboard on the opposite side of where the paint is being sprayed to catch any paint over spray.

• Spray the first layer lightly. This creates a tack coat that will allow other coats will stick well too.

• Dry 5 minutes.

• Spray another coat or two of paint allowing for dry time in between until desired coverage is reached.

• After final coat let dry 2-3 hours.

upcycled your old globe light covers

• Since these globes have texture, this gives an gives an easy surface to rub off paint with sandpaper and let light shine through.

• Once the paint is completely dry, sandpaper and scrub off paint only on the raised, textured areas.

• Wipe away dust with a damp paper towel.

upcycled your old globe light covers

• Apply hot glue to mason jar ring and press into bottom of globe to create a stable base for your globe light.

• For decoration, wrap some Twine (or Raffia Ribbon) around the screw in indentation of the light base. Pull tightly to knot.

upcycled your old globe light covers

• Drop in a small battery operated tea light, and you are good to go!

Note: Do not use a flame candle.

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1 question
  • Al
    8 days ago

    If using outside what about water in the globe from the rain,won't that drown the light?

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  • Lisa West

    It's an adorable little project for any get together or party. Alao wedding this would look great as well. As for bad weather just turn the globe upside down. I would also spray paint the Mason jar collar as well. Thank you for sharing I will most definitely copy this project as I have a few glass light covers I have been holding in to for a cute project. Thank you again.

  • Pamela
    20 hours ago

    Great idea. I would do it upside down so I could keep it outside with a light in it or like you have it with a tea candle. I will definitely play with your idea and try a paint rub and some sparkles. Thanks!

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