Have you seen the great world map on Pinterest that’s being sold by Anthropologie? For our special ‘travel’ week, we wanted to take inspiration from this great map to think up a little slotted box that will make you want to see the world, a sort of comments book where guests will be able to slide their suggestions and sweet little messages like a little piggy bank.

We’re not going to lie to you, this DIY needs quite a bit of work, but bear in mind that it’s also a lovely object in itself that you will doubtless be able to keep at home afterwards as a little decorative thing ;)

What you will need:
– The downloadable file (optional)
– A world globe made of card (this is important)
– A spray can of white paint
– Acrylic paint
– Gold paint (or better : a gold marker)
– Sandpaper
– Carbon paper
– A Stanley knife

Time: Allow for about an afternoon
Price: about 20 euros (as for the globe, we found ours at a yard sale)
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1. Start by lightly sanding the surface of the globe so that the paint can adhere to it better.

2. Choose the place on the globe where you want to position your letter slot (make sure to choose envelopes that are the same size of the slot). Mark it out in pencil and, using the Stanley knife, start to cut it out. Be careful, this is quite a long and delicate process because the the card is pretty thick,  about 3 mm. To cut through successfully, it’s just a matter of being patient. Proceed little by little without getting exasperated, removing the different bits of card as you go along. Once you’ve finished this you’ve got through the most difficult step.

3. Unhinge the globe from its socket. Generally, the globe is simply screwed into the centrale shaft that runs through it. If you aren’t able to do this, you can make do by protecting the stand by covering it in masking tape.

3. Carefully spray the whole surface of the globe white. If the paint is a bit see-through it doesn’t really matter: you’ve going to follow this step by covering it in a second coat of colored paint.

4. Once everything is completely dry, you can reattach the globe to its stand. Then you can start the real painting. Here you are completely at liberty to do whatever takes your fancy, but here’s what we did… Repaint the whole globe in your chosen color (you may need two coats).

5. Now, position your text. As it’s difficult to paint with your hand raised, especially on a round surface; we’ve prepared a template for you which you have to simply print off and transfer onto carbon paper and place it where you want it to appear. Think carefully about the overall composition, as it’s this that will make your globe look great.

6. Paint the text gold and leave to dry completely.

7. All you have to do now is add on whatever embellishments you want. Here, we drew on flowers from an embroidery pattern we found on Pinterest (follow the links: here and there ).

NB: eventually, when you want to recover the envelopes and little messages left by your guests, you just need to once again unhinge the globe and separate its two halves.

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