Back in the day, when people wanted to explore the world from the comfort of their homes, they pulled out a map, or even better, a globe. Nowadays, with apps like Google Maps, we don’t use traditional maps or globes as much as we used to.

Perhaps you have a globe in your home that’s getting dusty. If it seems obsolete, think again. There’s a creative new way that many people are upcycling their old globes.

What can you do with an old globe? You can create a beautiful pendant light for any room in your home. Seriously – any room. Think how cool it would look to have a globe instead of a chandelier in your dining room, or if you have a home office, a globe pendant light would simply be perfection. In a bedroom, a hanging globe pendant light would make a nice alternative to a lamp on a nightstand

If you’re not into DIY projects, don’t worry. This is pretty easy. Honest. You only need a few simple materials which you can easily find at a home supply store or even Amazon.


  • Globe(s)
  • Large Bowl
  • Drill
  • Box Cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Pendant Light with Cage
  • LED Lightbulb

After you’ve gathered your supplies, there are only a few simple steps required to create your beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind (more on that later), pendant light.

Basically, you should remove the globe from its stand and set it inside a bowl so that it’s easier to manage and doesn’t roll away. Then, use a drill and a box cutter to cut out the Arctic Circle. This will be the bottom of the lamp. Next, cut a smaller circle at the opposite end of the globe for your pendant lamp to hang through. The sandpaper will help you smooth out any rough edges.

The part that makes this project truly one-of-a-kind is that you can use the drill to create holes wherever you want around the globe, perhaps marking places you’ve visited. If you’re not a world traveler (yet), you could mark places you’d like to visit instead. Or, you can always pick spots at random or create your own pattern. It’s up to you where the light shines through!

To see a globe transform into a pendant light right before your eyes, watch the video below.

Do you have a globe that you’d like to turn into a hanging pendant light? What room would you hang it in?