DIy decorations for class room

Columbus day craft projects

Hey, it’s October 13th! That means it’s Columbus Day. Sounds like the perfect time for a crafty globe tutorial. :)

Just so it’s clear, this post is not in honor of Christopher Columbus because he was pretty much the worst person ever. You can check out this awesome comic by The Oatmeal if you want the full story but I’m warning you, the details are gory. Instead, I’m taking a page out of Mathew Inman’s book and dedicating this project to Bartolemé de las Casas who was a much more decent fellow. #takethat1942

History aside, this is a sweet little project that would fit perfectly in a class room or travel themed bedroom. For extra puniness, add alphabet stickers to spell out “Time To Travel”!

Oh yeah, I went there.

You Will Need:
Cardboard globe
Wood glue
Gorilla glue
X-acto knife
Clock kit

DIY columbus day projects

Let’s get started!

DIY globe crafts

Start by using the knife to slice around the equator of your globe.

stuff to make with globes

Once you’re finished you should have something that looks like this. I decided to use the northern half of the globe for my clock because it has more land mass and looked more interesting to me.

columbus day schoo project

Position the cut globe exactly half way on top of the piece of cardboard. Use a pen to trace around the edges.

columbus day decorations

You should end up with a nice half circle like this one.

DIY globe clock tutorial

Cut out the half circle and use some kind of sharp object to poke a hole in the top. (This is to hang the finished clock.) I actually used a clean meat thermometer because it’s what I found in the drawer closest to me. :)

globe clock DIY

Flip your globe half upside down. The insides of globes are kind of cool, huh?

DIY world clock

Insert the battery pack of your clock kit through the hole in the top of the globe. (The hole should already have been pre-cut by the manufacturers.) Mine wobbled a little bit so I glued a few cardboard pieces underneath to steady it. Once everything is positioned properly use the Gorilla glue to attach the battery pack to the globe. Wait for the glue to dry.

world clock

Smear a thin bead of glue around the edges of the cardboard semi-circle you cut out earlier.

decor for travel themed room

Place the semi-circle over the back of the globe.

decorations for school room

Carefully flip the globe over and set it on a flat surface to dry. While you’re waiting, go ahead and attack the clock hands.

world map clock

DIY travel decorations

You: Hey, what time is it?
Me: Only 5 degrees past Canada! *cackles loudly*


  1. gemma, October 14, 2014 at 8:20 am:

    love this :D

  2. Traci, November 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm:

    I love clocks and I love old globes. What a wonderfully creative project!

    • Mollie, November 3, 2014 at 11:44 am:

      Thanks, Traci! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

  3. gcai, November 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm:

    Very cool – would suggest bending the clock hands (carefully!) to approximately the same radius of the globe.

  4. Cookie, September 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm:

    Very Nice & Very Innovative!

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