How to Paint a Globe

globe terrestre image by Nicolas D from

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Printer
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

Painting the globe can be a complex task. With so many countries and small details to paint, it can take quite a while. You can choose whether you want to make a simple globe with just continents and oceans or a complex globe with countries, states and cities. Making a complex globe, however, takes a lot longer than a simple globe because of all the minute details. Overall, painting a globe is very and opens the mind to creative flow.

Make the globe first. Globe replicas can be made from papier-mâché. Blow up a balloon and make the papier-mâché mixture. Cut up strips of newspaper, dip them in the papier-mâché and apply them to the ballon. Wipe off the excess fluids. Then let the globe dry. It may take several days for the globe to dry, so plan accordingly.

Print out maps of the earth for reference. Draw a line around the middle of the project to represent the equator. Draw dots for the north and south poles. Draw the continents onto the globe using pencil.

Use a dark marker to label the major parts of the globe, such as Africa, North America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America. Make sure to label the poles and all of the oceans. The equator can be labeled in a different color marker so that it stands out from the rest of the things that are labeled.

Paint the continents. If you’re going for a basic look, you may want to pick the color green to represent the continents. If you want a more colorful globe, however, you may want to use a variety of colors to paint the continents, such as pink, green, purple, yellow and orange. Steer clear of blue for the continents because the oceans will be painted blue. After painting the continents, paint the oceans blue.


  • Make sure to use newspapers for every step of the way because projects like these can get messy.