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Pottery Barn Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe from the Crazy Craft Lady

I was on mommy vacation the other day (wandering the mall with a cup of S-bucks) when I stumbled upon this gorgeous globe in Pottery Barn’s Christmas decor section.  I didn’t even bother checking out the price tag.  I mean, let’s get real people.  It’s a knick-knack from PB that will get used for 4-6 weeks per year.  Not going to happen!

Instead, I went home, hopped on Amazon, and ordered a $12 globe.  I wasn’t entirely confident in my DIY abilities on this one.  The curve of the globe seemed like a stencil/transfer nightmare, and I literally had nightmares about free-handing this thing. But, I forged ahead anyway, and I’m sure glad I did!

Pottery Barn Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe from the Crazy Craft Lady

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Like I said, I started out with a $12 globe.  This is the one here, but I’m sure you could find one at a thrift store, local chain store, your parent’s attic…  I chose this one because it was only 5″ in diameter – a perfect decoration size.

Start by assembling your supplies (paint and brushes):

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe - Instructions


  • Globe (I used this one here)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Primer
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Gold Paint
  • White Pencil or Chalk

Step one: Prime.  You may want to do this first step in a well-ventilated area.  Unless you like to live dangerously and aren’t particularly attached to all of your brain cells. I just used one coat of primer on all surfaces.

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe - Instructions

Step two: Paint.  Wait.  Paint.  Wait.  Paint.  Ok.  You get it.  I ended up doing three thin coats of both the chalkboard paint and the gold paint.  I did all three coats of chalkboard paint first, and then carefully painted the gold.

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe - Instructions

DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe - Instructions

Step three: Get courageous, and free hand!  I used a white pencil (like one from the box of Crayolas in your kid’s pencil box) instead of chalk.  Here’s why: I plan on busting out this globe once a year for Christmas.  I don’t want the chalk getting all smudged when I store it for the rest of the year.

Also, don’t be afraid if you mess up.  I did, and then just painted over it and tried again.  You can’t even tell on the finished product!

When making a chalkboard project that you don't want to smudge, use white pencil instead of chalk.

Boom! Three steps and done!

Despite my hesitations in starting this project, I am thrilled with the results.  My new “Joy to the World” Globe is now proudly displayed on my mantle for the holiday season.

Pottery Barn Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe from the Crazy Craft Lady

Pottery Barn Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe from the Crazy Craft Lady

Pottery Barn Inspired "Joy to the World" Globe from the Crazy Craft Lady


  1. What a great knockoff project! I love how you pulled it off! I’d be thrilled if you shared this at my Creative Ways Link Party that’s live right now. Hope to see you there!

  2. This is fabulous! Love it! Thank you for sharing. I have a spare globe that will be absolutely perfect for this. Joy to the world, indeed!

  3. I have been on the look out for a globe in every thrift store I go to for this same purpose, to chalkboard it up! I think I might just have to order one also. 🙂 Looks great!

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  5. I Love This!! So Great! I often see things in stores that I like and would like to recreate and I never get around to it. This inspires me to do that more!

  6. I have been looking for an old globe to do something like this with. Now I really want one! This is adorable. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  7. I have been holding onto a globe I got on clearance at Home Goods for a project just like this! I think you have pushed me to finally start working on it! So pretty! Hope you will stop by our Found & Foraged linky party again next week!

  8. What a great idea! I never would have thought to paint over an old globe like this – it looks amazing! And great tip using white pencil instead of chalk – wish I had seen this sooner! 🙂 I’d love for you to share this at the Talented Tuesday Link Party – it goes live every Tuesday at 9 central! I hope to see you there! 🙂

  9. I love the globe from PB and your knock-off is great! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. I’m pinning!

  10. This turned out soooo well! Totally doing this to one of my extra globes! Pinned! So glad you linked up at Found & Foraged. We hope to see you back Saturday night at 8PM!

  11. I am so in love with your Joy to the World globe! I can’t wait to get a globe and make my own. Congrats, you’re featured this week on the Inspire Us Thursday Link Party at Organized 31.

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  14. Hi there, I hopped over from Creative Ways! I had not seen the PB version, but love yours! I have a mini globe and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the clever white pencil tip, too. Blessings, Cecilia
    p.s. I spell my oldest daughter’s name the same way you spell yours!

  15. Oh, my gosh, this is a huge win!! Way to go on creating such a lovely knock-off- I LOVE it! Your tutorial is so helpful and well done. Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! 🙂

  16. This is so pretty! You did such a beautiful job. I went into PB for the very first time last week, and I walked around admiring, gaining inspiration. And that was about it. I totally get it. lol This is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  17. This is so wonderful! I admire your courage in free handing it with a white pencil. Visiting from the Cottage Market!

    Be Well–The Lady Kay

  18. I love a good Pottery Barn hack! You did a great job on this Pottery Barn inspired globe! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial at The Pin Junkie. It was one of the features at this week’s party!

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  24. I think Pottery Barn had a great idea for an unusual decoration but I think you had the best idea of all – keep it cheap because it is just a Christmas decoration. Dropping in from Worthwhile Wednesday.

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