5 Ideas for Global Home Decor

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As we develop global awareness in children and teenagers, filling our homes with global home decor is a fun and meaningful way to keep the nations on our children’s minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

Do-It-Yourself Map Garland

Here’s a simple decorative garland to show love for all nations and remind you to pray for missionaries, sponsored children, or other people living overseas… instructions coming up in tomorrow’s post.

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

World Map Decor

We’ve already talked about hanging maps in our home, but obviously it’s worth mentioning again, especially by pointing out some especially decorative maps.

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

Yesterday I showed you our “children of the world” bathroom. We have a map shower curtain and some cute fabric of kids around the world in a frame on the wall. Maybe someday I’ll hang one of those vinyl wall decals with a verse about God’s love for all nations?

If you’re a creative type and you’d like to do something decorative with maps, here are some free map downloads and here are some more.

I did some hunting on Pinterest and found some additional great ideas – check out my Global Missions with Kids Pinterest board for even more!

If you’re not crafty, here are some ready-to-go maps and other decor that I found on Etsy. These are not connected with me… just cute products I found. 🙂

Display Items from Around the World

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

Young children will love seeing treasures from around the world. You may have your own souvenirs from travels overseas, or you could ask a traveling friend or family member to bring you some inexpensive items on their next trip abroad.

When I was a kid, a well-traveled couple from our church brought us dolls every time they went on a trip! What a lovely gift from these adult mentors! Now I am about to begin re-gifting one of these dolls to my daughters every year for Christmas.

An easier option would be to order some fair trade items online – Mercy House Kenya is a great place to begin.

You could also check out a store like Cost Plus World Market, which curates items from all over the world!

You can organize these items on shelves where your child can easily remove these items and look at them or play with them, or here is a page with some lovely – but time-intensive – ways to display items from around the world. As you can see from the photo above… I need to find a way to display some of our favorite world-wide items!

Use Map Fabric or Global Fabric

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

You could also display hang fabric on the wall or around a curtain rod, or use it as a tablecloth. Artwork or photos can be hung on the wall.

If you know how to use a sewing machine, Spoonflower.com has lots of custom fabrics, including many with world map prints. There’s also an adorable set of “wee are the world” fabrics featuring kids around the world.

Spoonflower’s fabric is really pricey, but cute! (I’m not connected with them – just love their unique fabrics, and I’m not even a seamstress!)

I imagine you could also find some nice fabric at your local craft store… my mom picked up some world map material years ago at a local fabric shop for our vintage travel-themed wedding. 🙂

In addition, of course, there is fabric with prints from around the world. For example, this web site offers Japanese prints and Indonesian Batik fabrics.

Paint a Globe

Filling our homes with global home decor is a fun, meaningful way to keep the nations on our children's minds (and our own!) throughout the day.

There are tons of painted globe ideas on Pinterest – you can see a few here.

You’ll notice the globe in the photo above is UNpainted! I had purchased our globe a few weeks ago hoping to paint it with our handprints and some words like “peace,” “go,” and “love.” Then my daughters decided a globe is their favorite toy in the world and protested at the idea of painting it… so I skipped that idea. But check out the link above because there are some really cute ideas!

This Global Missions with Kids series is full of thoughts and practical ideas for serving Christ alongside your children and teenagers.

**Do you have any global home decor in your home? Leave a comment below with your ideas.

 

3 thoughts on “5 Ideas for Global Home Decor

  1. These ideas are great. I love love love the shower curtain! We’ve always been a global-minded family …can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas in our home.

  2. We don’t have any global home decor in our house now. When I was six years old, my parents bought me a globe, and I loved it.
    World maps like yours will help kids be more interested in other countries.

  3. Great ideas. I am going to check out your past days’ posts for more ideas. I am in charge of Kid’s Ministry at my church and I already see a couple of ideas to use.

    I have an old globe I want to paint. Thanks for the reminder.

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