Painted globe – Fly me to the moon!


I’ve been seeing a lot of painted globes lately – some decorated with lovely quotes, others with pretty designs. The light went on in my head when I realized that I could make my own globe with a Smoothfoam ball! My globe has two twists – it’s a look at the skies with doodles inspired by Wile E. Coyote’s crazy diagrams from the Roadrunner cartoons. This is a super easy project that combines a simple etched glass vase as a display. As a final touch, you can personalize it with a name or special quote for your favorite space buff…to the moon!


8″ Smoothfoam ball (comes in two halves)
Black chalkboard paint
Clear acrylic sealer
Paint pens – white, yellow
Plain glass vase
etchall® Etching Crème
Craft glue
Orange oil cleaner
Sandpaper, aluminum foil
Paint brush, plastic gloves, cookie tray


1.  Glue the two halves of the Smoothfoam ball together and let dry.

2.  Sand the seam of the Smoothfoam ball as needed to smooth out. Wipe away the dust with a damp paper towel.

3.  Paint the ball with black chalkboard paint. TIP: Place the ball on top of a roll of masking tape to keep it steady while you paint. Let dry.

4.  Doodle all over the painted ball with the white paint pen. Think rockets, astronauts, satellites and martians!

Astronauts-and-Rockets doodles

5.  Seal the painted ball with a coat of acrylic sealer. Let dry and set aside.

6.  Doodle all over a clean, glass vase with the yellow paint pen. The paint will act as a mask with the glass etching creme. You can use any color – I just find the yellow easier to see. Let it dry for 20 minutes.

doodles on glass vase

7.  Place the vase on a tray, put on your plastic gloves and brush a thick coat of etching creme all over the vase. Let it sit 15 minutes. Read the jar for specific directions and precautions.etchall etching creme on glass vase

8.  Use the brush to wipe excess etching creme off the vase and put it back into the bottle – it’s reusable! Rinse the vase under running water to clean.

9.  Wipe the doodles off the vase with orange oil cleaner, then wash with soapy water and pat dry.

10.  Crumple up some aluminum foil and put it inside the etched vase for an added bit of shine.crumpled foil in etched glass vase

11.  Place the painted Smoothfoam ball on top of the etched vase to display. Enjoy!

smoothfoam painted globe

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About Carmen Flores Tanis

Carmen Flores Tanis is a mixed media artist, crafter and designer who loves to make things! She specializes in combining humble materials in unusual and unexpected ways. A Designer Member of the Craft and Hobby Association, Carmen has on online craft supply store and teaches craft classes regularly in Southern California. Her secret to crafting happiness is "patience, practice and power tools."

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