5 Things to Do with… Maps

Whether you’ve been bitten by the travel bug or merely want to give the impression of being well-traveled, maps lend decor a sense of far-flung sophistication. Be it an ancestral family town or a favorite vacation spot, metropolis or no man’s land, maps do more than show streets and landmarks—they connect us to another part of the world.

So browse these great map DIY projects and ponder where YOU might take the maps-as-decor concept:

 

1. PUT UP WALLPAPER

Map DIY - Wallpaper

Photo: Bob Vila Nation

Whether you work with one large print or a mosaic of different maps, a little glue can help you translate your wanderlust into a room’s stunning focal point as wallpaper.


2. CRAFT A CLOCK

Map DIY - clock

Photo: Crafts Unleashed

From Crafts Unleashed, mod podge your favorite map to a tin candle plate. Add the clockwork and you’ve got a personalized timepiece—in no time at all!

 

3. CREATE COASTERS

Map DIY - Coasters

Photo: sfgate.com

Trace the outline of your coaster on the back of a map, then découpage the map to the coaster. Insert “it’s five o’clock somewhere” joke here.

 

4. DECORATE A DRESSER

Map DIY - Dresser

Photo: modgepodgerocksblog.com

This great DIY map project comes to us straight from the Mod Podge Rocks Blog. All it takes to give your modest dresser a worldly facade is—you guessed it—mod podge!

 

5. FASHION A FRAME

Map DIY - Picture Frame

Photo: lillianmckay.com

By now, you’ve probably detected a theme: Découpage is the key to so many of the best map DIY projects, including this picture frame. Immortalize not only a photo, but where you were when it was taken.

 

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