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!

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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
    on Jul 2, 2019

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

    • Carey
      on Jul 20, 2019

      This is an excellent idea!! I took clear plastic glasses from that I found for 10 cents each to put over my solar lights because the sprinkler spraying water over the solar panel was ruining the lights as the hard water was causing a film over them. Not only did that work but it was an easy way to keep them clean. and functioning. These globes will do the same t hing and can be cleaned even in a dish washer!

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  • Dee
    on Sep 23, 2019

    ADORABLE!!! tfs!

  • Thea
    on Jul 2, 2020

    🤗Ha! I was thinking of a simliar project and putting them on potplant holder stakes. I also wondered about using candles. I wonder if any of these are generally made from toughened glass. I like the colour.

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