Vintage Globe Wedding Card Holder

How to make a vintage globe wedding card holderFor my first wedding DIY project, I made wedding card holders out of vintage globes. This was originally posted in my previous blog before the wedding and transferred it here so I could close my old blog. I am not sure how I came up with this idea. I just knew I didn’t want a regular card box and these globes fit our old romance wedding theme and is a nod to our love to travel. There was also nothing like this on pinterest or anywhere online, so I winged it!

I decided on two globes because I wasn’t sure how many cards each globe could fit. I bought one of my globes on eBay for $42.33 (including shipping). I thought it was a pretty good deal since most of the globes I found were more than $50 (not including shipping to Hawaii)! I was also fortunate because I saw a similar vintage globe at a friend’s house and asked to buy it from them, but they gave it to me for free! I have great friends!

Vintage Globe Wedding Card Holder I made for our wedding 2 years ago.

To make this vintage wedding globe card holder, you will need the following:

  • vintage globe
  • bendable ruler
  • X-ACTO knife or pocket knife
  • envelope for a 5″ x 7″ card
  • washi tape
  • printable sticker paper

Amount of time spent on this project: less than 1 hour (I took a lot of breaks because it took a lot of muscle to cut through the globes!)

STEP 1: Determine where you are going to make the incisions. I didn’t want to cut out any country or island so I looked for a space in the Pacific Ocean with the least amount of countries, islands, and text. I also wanted it to fit a 5″ x 7″ card so I used a bendable ruler to measure the space for a 1″ x 7″ hole assuming that cards won’t be bigger than 1″. Instead of marking the globe with a pencil or pen for the area I was going to cut, I just used the longitude and latitude intersections as my guide. It made it easy to cut because there were already indentations at the intersections.

Step 2

STEP 2: Using an X-ACTO knife, I cut the edges of where the mouth of the card holder will begin and end. My first vertical cut was under Japan. I followed the line of the square right under Japan down to the first intersection above the Marianas Islands (where I’m from!). The cut was about an inch long. I gently rocked my X-ACTO knife back and forth and downward to make the cut. This ensured that the incision was clean and straight. I also had to hug the globe tightly with my left arm arm so it wouldn’t spin.

Step 3

STEP 3: I made another cut above Hawaii and followed the square down to the first intersection. I was a bit sad that I had to cut out part of the Hawaiian Islands, but at least I didn’t cut out Oahu where I live!

STEP 4: Using the same rocking motion, I gently made the top horizontal cut from Japan to Hawaii following the 30 degree line. To ensure ensure it wouldn’t spin, I laid the globe on its side then hugged the globe tightly as I made the cut.

Step 5

STEP 5: I then cut the bottom part of the mouth following the 15 degree line. You could start from Japan or Hawaii depending on which side is more comfortable for you as you hug the globe and cut. Moreover, while I was cutting the bottom of the mouth, I was pulling the cut part of the globe out. It made it easier to cut out the bottom of the globe. Did you notice that I used a different knife for this? For the first globe, I got really tired using an X-ACTO knife so I switched to a pocket knife for the horizontal cut since it felt more stable and stronger than the regular X-ACTO knife. For the second globe, I decided to use the X-ACTO knife for vertical cuts and to clean up the corners and the pocket knife for the horizontal cuts but you can use whatever sharp knife you have on hand.

STEP 6: I sanded down the mouth of the globe card holder for loose cardboard pieces and covered it with gold glitter washi tape. I then had my husband print the word “cards” on printable sticker paper in the same gold cursive as our book table numbers to place above the opening.

Perfect fit for 5″ x 7″ cards and smaller!

Each globe fit about 20-25 cards each. My husband wanted to break apart the globe in the middle to access the cards but I wanted to sell the globes later and told him to use a wire hanger. It worked! He was able to get all of the cards out of each globe without damaging the globes and the cards.

9 thoughts on “Vintage Globe Wedding Card Holder

    1. Hi Wendy,

      My husband used a wire hanger to get the cards out because I didn’t want him to break the globes so we could sell them later. It was really hard since some of the cards were really bulky but he was able to get them all out. I think it fit about 20-25 cards per globe.

    2. Hi Wendy, sorry for the late response. I didn’t see it earlier. My husband got it out just by pulling them out individually. However, you can also use a wire hanger. Each globe held about 25 cards.

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