DIY Globe Pendant Light

Stefan -
by Stefan -
Here’s a quick and easy way to create your own globe pendant light, a thoroughly modern twist on a classic piece.
Materials Needed:

One old globe (or half a globe, really)

One pendant light kit

Copper tape

Razor blade (optional)

Spray paint (not shown)

Wiring tools (not shown)
With the globe free of its stand, carefully look to see which half (top or bottom, or in this case north or south) is in the best condition.
Carefully open your globe along the equator. Use the razor blade here if necessary.
Taking care not to spray any of the globe’s outside map, spray several light coats of your spray paint on the inside. Let it dry thoroughly.
See how the spray painted interior really makes the light feel more polished and bright?
Turn on your new globe light!
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  • HandyGirl HandyGirl on Jun 08, 2019

    How did you do the gold? Is that some sort of foil?

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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Sep 11, 2015
    Amazing! Absolutely love this.

  • Sheryl Sheryl on Jan 26, 2022

    I saw these in a furniture store and was smitten. However, their globes were plastic and gave off more of a night light glow. Yours looks like the old cardboard globe I have tucked away in my closet (considerably before the USSR reorganized LOL!). I'm curious about the light quality you are getting and I'm sure the inside color and bulb wattage will make a big difference in the reflected light. I have serious reservations about tearing into this old gal since she's been around (no pun intended) for a very long time, but I absolutely love this idea. Thanks for the reminder.