Mapstravaganza!! 9 Things to Do with Your Old Maps

Maps are so awesome. They have a certain romance to them; when you unfold them there is so much potential and possibility. You can pore over them, planning out potential roots and connecting the dots between places. Plus, they are just really pretty.

I don’t have a house, but I often like to dream about what it would look like if I did. Of course it would have all of the random tablecloths, paintings and knick knacks I’ve collected from around the world (currently gathering dust in a box at my Mom’s house) and lots of photos of all my travels. An maps, lots of maps. Honestly, the place would probably look like a World Market exploded inside of it.

Be that as it may, I must carry on with my dream decorating schemes and I thought I’d share them with people who might potentially actually use some of these ideas. So using pinterest, I’ve started putting together a whole slew of ideas for cool maps, cool map related things (like bikinis) and neat ideas to put your old maps to use.

Here are just some of the things crafty people on the internet have taught me to do with my old maps:

1. Make  Map Coasters:

With just four simple steps, some plain coasters and some old maps you can have a stylish place to put your drinks AND prevent water rings!


2. Turn them into Envelopes

Handwritten letters, like maps, are quickly becoming antiquated. Fight the power and make some lovely envelopes to send to likeminded friends.


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3. Fold Them Up

Maps are paper right? So practice your origami skills and make a map globe garland.

4. Frame Them

Either by themselves or make neat picture frames like Tara did here.

5. Frame Them Part 2

In this case the maps are the focus, I love this idea.

6. Frame Them Part 3

Is that cheating? There are just so many cool ways to integrate your maps and picture frames! This one uses the maps as photo-mats.

7. Make Magnets:

Maybe this worked better for map puzzle pieces, but the effect is still neat.

8. Decoupage just about anything

Literally anything with flat non-porous surfaces: Chairs, tables, walls, whatever you’ve got lying around uncovered.

9. Make a dress??

Not exactly a how-to, but if you are creative enough to pull this off I bow at your feet.

What else can you do with your old maps? I’m sure you guys have some creative ideas. Share them below! And, if you’re on pinterest, check out my board, Mapstravaganza for some more map-related inspiration.

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27 thoughts on “Mapstravaganza!! 9 Things to Do with Your Old Maps”

  1. These are fabulous ideas! One thing I did with a bunch of old maps was to glue them to my office floor then put a protective clear coat over them. It has worked very well. There are one or two small nicks but overall they have held up very well. Its a very inspirational space to enter.

  2. My grandmother used maps as wallpaper and covered a whole room. It was ridiculously awesome. I have a map board on pinterest too! I’m headed over there now to follow yours.

  3. I love these ideas! I have a huge framed map with pins of all the places I’ve been and would love to decorate more with them. I think I would have a hard time cutting the maps up! lol

  4. Scott and I have 30+ antique globes and more than a dozen vintage maps we’ve collected in our travels, so I loved when you created your Pinterest board as that’s what a good 80% of my “future home” board is, as well. Repinned, repinned and repinned! 😉

  5. I love maps, too! I think it must be a traveler thing…

    My shower curtain is a giant world map, which I love. And I have a huge world map on my living room wall, and a huge U.S. map on by bedroom wall – both full of pins of the places I’ve visited!

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