Welcome to the 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids series! Click here to check out all the posts in the series.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I did some hunting on Pinterest and found some additional great ideas – check out my Global Missions with Kids Pinterest board for even more!
- Here’s a post about 7 Kid-Friendly Crafts You can Make with Maps.
- I loved these ideas for 22 Mod Podge crafts to do with world maps.
- These letters decorated with map prints are darling. The post shows “GO” (like the Great Commission), but I think “LOVE” would work well, too!
- 17 Creative Ways to Make Maps has some especially kid-friendly ideas.
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. 🙂
- Alphabet A-Z Children of the World Prints
- Vinyl World Map Decals
- This darling world map is expensive but comes personalized with your child’s birthplace! There is a cheaper one without personalization – they both have really kid-friendly animal graphics on it.
- World Map Children of the World Pillow
- World Map Canvas
- Jesus Loves the Little Children print
Display Items from Around the World
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
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
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!
**Do you have any global home decor in your home? Leave a comment below with your ideas.