It’s that time again! Time to reuse, recycle, repurpose! (All my favorite things!)
Now that Griffin is approaching toddlerhood, the tissue paper poms over his crib that were just fine when he was a baby were starting to seem way too girly. It was definitely time for a change.
Luckily there are a few things that I just can’t resist when I find a great deal: vintage cameras, old picture frames, and world globes. So I had an assortment of old globes just waiting for a new home. These globes were all yard sale/trash pile finds that were each $5 or less. None of them are new enough to be geographically useful or old enough to be historically valuable which made them perfect for this little project.
The first thing that needs to be done is to remove the globes from their stands. The light blue globe has a plastic stand and it quickly popped right out. The larger globe has a metal and wood stand that unscrews at the top and bottom of the globe. And of course I just lifted the third globe out.
Actually hanging the globes was both incredibly easy and incredibly cheap. The globes each had a small hole at the top and bottom. I bought a pack of pin clips from the hardware aisle of Lowes for about 50 cents and popped one into the top of each globe.
I also picked up a pack of small white cup hooks which I screwed into the ceiling. I did not worry about finding studs since the globes without the stands are very light. Then simply hang the globes from the hooks with fishing line attached to the pin clips.
Much less girly for sure!
Now that I found a great new use for globes, I was left with three empty globe stands. Which got me wondering if there was some way to repurpose those as well, particularly the cool metal and wood one. So I tossed around a few ideas. My favorite is using it as a paper towel holder.
But now I can’t decide if it is an awesome repurpose or trying a bit too hard.
Be sure to check out all of my friends Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose projects too. There are some really excellent projects this month; I’m pretty sure I’m going to be making some of these myself!
Ikea Hack: Hamper into Side Table from Thrifty and Chic
DIY Faux Bamboo Shades from Bigger Than The Three of Us
DIY Boot Socks from Old Sweater Sleeves from All Things G&D
Quick and Easy Candleholders from Life as a Thrifter
Union Jack Mason Jars from It All Started With Paint
And, seriously, what do you think about that paper towel holder? Yay or nay? At first I wasn’t feeling it but now I’m pretty sure I love it.
this is awesome, carrie! i adore this idea!
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Fun idea! I love that you were able to turn the old base into the paper towel holder. It’s a 2 for 1!
Thanks Ashley! I just didn’t want to waste any good stuff and that globe stand was pretty cool on its own!
Holly @ Life as a Thrifter says
These are so cool! And how fun for an office too!! Love this idea, Carrie!
Thanks Holly – this would be awesome for an office!
Linda @ it all started with paint says
I am so jealous that you happen to have a collection of old globes just lying around! I need my very own collection. And those pin clips? Brilliant! Oh, and I love the paper towel holder idea too!
Thanks Linda, I’m thinking the paper towel holder just might stay!
Alicia @ thrifty and chic says
I love this! I think the “dream big” totally goes perfectly with the globes. And I love the paper towel holder :)
Thanks! I love the Dream Big with it too – definitely puts me in a mood to travel!
Dusty @All Things G&D says
Sooooo cool, Carrie! It goes perfectly with his “Dream Big” wall. What a great repurpose!
Those globes are a great idea! Love the color combinations too! And what a great idea with the paper towel holder!
Thanks! The globes do have some awesome colors!
This is so amazing…love it!
Krista @ the happy housie says
These are amazing Carrie – and look so perfect with the phrase on the wall. Great idea!
Heather @ Beyond the Aisle says
I love old globes – I have one that was my grandmother’s and one that was being trashed at the school where I teach. I actually really like the paper towel holder idea too :)
Thanks Heather! One of my globes was also rescued from the trash pile at the school where I am the school counselor. :)
Alexis @ Persia Lou says
Oh! I love the way the globes look hanging in his room. Just perfect. And you are too smart using the stand to hold paper towels. Haha! Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers. :)
Thanks Alexis! I love how they turned out too.
Dacia @ Lemon Drop Life says
I think the paper towel holder is a great repurpose!
Thanks Dacia, I’ve been trying it out for a few weeks and I’m thinking it is going to be a keeper. :)
I love the globes!! I think they look awesome, and I can see them staying in his big boy room for a long time. And believe me, your paper towel holder is not trying too hard. I really love not having exactly the same darn things that everyone else has, and this is not only useful, but cool looking too. That’s a win in my book :)
Thanks Jeanna! I am hoping the globes can stick around awhile. And I agree – I hate having the exact same thing that everyone else has. It is nice to have something with a little flare!
Jan Elizabeth says
Love the globes, and love the paper towel holder! :)
Thanks! I wasn’t sure about the paper towel holder at first but now I adore it!
nancy carlson says
definitely a “YAY”
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
That is so clever, and so cool! I love this idea!