It’s easy and inexpensive to turn an old map into an interesting décor piece. Plus, maps don’t need to be in perfect condition to be upcycled – older maps often look better! If you’ve lived in several cities, add a personal touch to your décor by highlighting those spots. Or, if you have fond memories of a trip to Paris, choose that map!
Line your drawers. Find a large map that will fit in a drawer, or overlay multiple maps. Use clear, double-sided tape to attach your paper to the bottom (and sides, if you want) and you’re all set!
Make art. It’s easy and inexpensive to turn an old map into a heart-shaped décor piece. Simply pick a few of your favorite maps, and cut them into hearts, circles or other shapes. Using straight pins or glue, attach your hearts to a canvas or place them in a shadowbox.
Frame photos. Preserve a favorite memory by framing a photo in a corresponding map. You’ll need: a map, Mod Podge, a paint brush and a basic flat frame. Choose your map, then measure it over your frame. Mark where you’ll need to cut the map (so you can see the photo), and then glue the map around the frame. For more pictures and details, visit Maybe Matilda.
Make magnets. If you have little ones around the house, or if you just like the look of the lower 48, turn an old U.S. map into magnets. Your kids will learn a little bit about geography every time they open the fridge (you might enjoy the refresher, too)! For best results, we suggest gluing your map to a magnet back first, and then cutting the states out. Have fun with it!