I love travelling, and I've been fortunate enough to see a fair few countries in my life. However, as any sufferer of wanderlust will know, seeing a few only makes one want to see more - there's a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!

Inspired by the method craftknowitall used to make the scratch-off sections of this Valentine's card, I created scratch-off paint from craft paint and dishwashing liquid, making this project super cheap! The globe cost me only R16 (South African Rands - under $1.50) and the paint and dishwashing liquid I already had - this couldn't have cost more than $2 in total.

The idea is to scratch off each country after you visit it, and eventually, one day, scratch it all off. It's a fun craft for any traveller, or a great gift for someone bitten by the travel bug.

If you like this craft, don't forget to vote for it in the Remix contest!


  • Globe
  • Silver craft paint
  • Dishwashing liquid

Step 1: Mix the Paint and Start Painting

To make the paint, mix 2 parts silver paint with 1 part dishwashing liquid. This creates the scratch-off formula.

Carefully paint one country at a time, making sure the borders are still definable. Paint non-adjacent countries at first so that you can see where one country ends and the next begins.

hola! this is really nice work. a unique and simple idea as well. it'll be super fun to make. good for quizzing as well. thanks for sharing. all the best for the contest.
<p>Now that is a really unique idea, great way to learn or be a geography nerd. I am bad with geography, but addicted to going on random Google Earth adventures to fill in the blanks. I would be all over this thing if I had it here.</p>
<p>Cooool!</p><p>I am definitely going to make this :-)</p><p>I've seen maps like this on online stores, but they are SO EXPENSIVE!</p><p>Also a good gift idea :)</p>
<p>Nice!</p><p>Do you have more information about the silver coating colour? A brand name, the kind of solvent that is used etc.</p><p>I'd guess, just using any kind of silvery colour wouldn't work.</p>
<p>It's just normal silver craft paint - the brand is a South African brand called Dala, but I imagine that any silver craft or acrylic paint should work. Also, any brand of dishwashing liquid should work. :)</p>
Ha awesome, but i wouldnt be able to resist. Id scratch that clean in a matter of days :(
<p>It's SUCH a temptation! But I'm determined to save scratching for post-travelling satisfaction. :)</p>
<p>This is so cool! I bet it's great for learning geography and that kids would love it! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thank you! That's actually a great idea for it, too! It'd make a fun educational tool!</p>

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Bio: Journalism and English student with a penchant for crafting. You can probably find me locked in my room, making something.
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