Instructables
Picture of Globe Lights
My schoolteacher daughter wanted a couple of lights hanging over a computer table in her classroom, and also happened to mention that she had a globe that was just taking up space.  Hmmmmm.......... hanging lights, globe?  Seemed like a good design to me!  This Instructable is about how I took a globe and a handful of lamp parts and turned it into a pair of hanging lights.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Items needed

Picture of Items needed
Imgp2945.jpg
The parts needed for this project are:

- a globe
- two lamp sockets
- a swag lamp kit (contains the wire and chain needed)
- a pair of threaded lamp ferrules and end pieces with hanging loops
- a set of washers and nuts to fit the lamp ferrules
- white enamel paint

Tools used were:

- paint brush
- screwdriver
- pliers
- drill and bit
- shop knife

Step 2: Cut the globe in half

Picture of Cut the globe in half
The most difficult part of this project was cutting the globe in half.  Globes are formed from cardboard, and cardboard tends to get pretty ragged if you try to saw it.  I've found the best method is to keep scoring the globe at the equator with a shop knife until you finally cut it in two.  Unfortunately, most globes have a rather thick cardboard piece glued in this area, so you wind up having to cut through cardboard that is almost a half-inch thick.  If you work at it, however, you will eventually cut through it, and if you keep scoring around on the same line, you will find the cut is very smooth.

Don't cut yourself.....

Step 3: Paint the inside of the globe

Picture of Paint the inside of the globe
Imgp2954.jpg
I painted the insides of the globe halves with white enamel paint.  Two coats were applied.  I used a small artist's brush to paint the cut edge.

I also enlarged the holes at the north and south poles to provide clearance for the ferrules that would serve as a mounting point and hold the lamp socket on each half.
TabbyDeAnne2 years ago
I LOVE THIS! What a great reuse for an old globe and I happen to have 2!! I also have the hanging light kit as well! I am all over this 'ible and will have to post a pic when I am done. Thanks so much for sharing!
knife141 (author)  TabbyDeAnne2 years ago
Glad you enjoyed the instructable. Good luck with making your light, and I'd love to see a photo when it is completed. Thanks again!
agis683 years ago
cute! and smart too...i dont have any globe but i will buy one just for this....I found in store the midlage global just for 9 euro (12USD)
knife141 (author)  agis683 years ago
Thank you for your comment, and good luck with you project!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to try it.
knife141 (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC3 years ago
It's not difficult at all -- just be careful cutting the globe in half. Thank you for your comment!
rimar20003 years ago
Clever! It is nice.

And someone finally does justice to the southern hemisphere, which is always below!!!
knife141 (author)  rimar20003 years ago
I've always held the southern hemisphere in high regard, because without it the northern hemisphere would just fall off into space -- or something like that...... Thanks for your comment!
HAHA! Good point.

You have a good humour sense.
ChrysN3 years ago
Looks great, perfect for a classroom!
knife141 (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thank you for your comment! I have fun making things for my daughter's classroom. I always take my talking robot head to her school near the end of each school year, and her students always point out 3 or 4 of the things that I've made for them throughout the year. One of these days I suppose her classroom will run out of room for more stuff!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Cool! Great reuse project.
knife141 (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thanks for your comment! This was a fun and easy project.