• Idea Globe or Polar Coordinates Chalk Board.
  • Idea Cup (notes jotted down on scratch paper at work when inspiration strikes... they eventually come home to the idea cup).
  • Captain Skull-bank, Arrgh!
  • Early foundry experiment.
  • Young parents. Ms. Darcy sez: "Your dad was a beautiful man."
  • hanging puppet shadows.

Invention: Idea Globe™ or Polar Chalk Board

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Don't have much room for a full white board or maybe you think chalk boards are outdated and take up too much invaluable wall space? Why not build yourself a handy desktop Idea Globe™!


1. Used classroom globe (in this case my wife bought me one from target for x-mas).
2. Chalkboard Paint
3. Spackle
4. Newspapers
5. Gesso (with squirt of black acrylic paint).
6. Coat Hanger


remove earth globe from mount, bend coat-hanger into strait wire. stick through globe. hang the skewered planet over a layer of newspapers, sandpaper globe smooth using Spackle in any cracks. After every sanded Spackling job paint with a coat of black gesso. This will show you where you need more spackle in addition to getting things dark and primed for the eventual chalkboard paint. When the paint is dry roll up the layer of newsprint careful not to spill any dust or paint drips and throw it in the trash. Re-bend the coat hanger back and return to closet. Mount the sphere into the globe mount. Now you are ready to give it a test-writing. I recommend the word: "Rocket Sauce!"

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  1. onetomatotwo 90 months ago | reply

    This is fantastic!

  2. champagne.chic 88 months ago | reply

    Beyond clever!! Love this! :::Cheers:::

  3. Haniela 83 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chalk Boards, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    I have not seen such globe. Fantastic. Where did you get it?

  4. usableart 82 months ago | reply

    This is SUCH a great idea -I saw it on Cathie Filian's blog!

    I also LOVE the idea cup too... OH and the puppet shadow.. LOL

  5. tomt6788 80 months ago | reply


    great design...like it very much :D

    If you want you can post your graphic- and webdesigns to my
    group: Graphicdesign and Webdesign

  6. NineInchNachosII 80 months ago | reply

    thanks everybody!

  7. august eve [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

    brilliant idea!

  8. a_stlkr 79 months ago | reply

    i love this!

  9. Decorscout 78 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called House Beautiful, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. Poetic Home 78 months ago | reply

    This is so fantastic! The idea is wonderful, as is the execution :) I wanted to let you know that I have happily featured your project and photostream on my blog, www.poetichome.com

  11. danielle1601 75 months ago | reply

    what a cool idea! thanks for sharing.

    my favorite part of the directions: "skewered planet"

  12. MysteryStevenson1 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Anti Gravity, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. Čajka 68 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Seasons’ Magic INVITE ONLY-P1/A2 - Summer in the City, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. miskra designs [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

    Absolutely awesome!

  15. wmphoto.co.uk 55 months ago | reply

    very clever, I want one now.

    And also a very good photograph.

  16. barika.kal 55 months ago | reply

    what a genius idea--awsome!
    (loving the lulu cartoon character mug)

  17. willsisu 54 months ago | reply

    This idea already exists. Years ago, my dad bought a bunch of science-class stuff from a high school that was to be demolished. We still have the "chalkboard globe" teaching device that was among that stuff. It is a commercially-made metal globe about 15" in diameter. The idea is worth re-introducing though.

  18. macsisak 13 months ago | reply

    Awesome Sauce!!!

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