I love a good project, especially if it’s made with something fun and colorful like a map.
Today, I’ve rounded up over 15 DIY ideas for decorating with maps. These projects are perfect for using that map from a favorite trip or the vintage map you picked up at the flea market. Plus, there’s something for everyone, from tablescapes to DIY artwork!
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Are you feeling crafty? Check out these DIY ideas from decorating with maps from some of my favorite bloggers (plus, a few of my own, too)!
Do you have an overflowing map collection? Lauren-Likes has an easy tutorial for DIY Map Wallpaper.
Aren’t these Vintage Map Decoupaged Pots from 365 Designs gorgeous? Much cooler than your basic terracotta pot.
Commemorate a fun trip or favorite city by covering inexpensive paper mache letters with maps you picked up on your vacation. Simply apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the letters with a foam brush and then attach cut-to-size maps.
After they dry, cover everything with another layer of Mod Podge to seal the letters.
I found the Vintage Lower Manhattan Map here.
One of my favorite DIY ideas for decorating with maps is covering furniture. I especially love this gorgeous Decoupaged Map Table from Girl in the Garage. Try this on other pieces of furniture, too!
These World Map Wall Panels from Tried & True are a showstopper! She used a Silhouette machine to cut out the maps, but you could use a stencil, too.
I love the beautiful patina on this DIY Antique Map Wall Clock from Crafts Unleashed.
This lovely tablescape from The Country Chic Cottage stopped me in my tracks … must have been the stripes! Look a closer and you will see the Vintage Map Placemats.It’s hard to tell, but this Giant Map Wall Art from Domestic Imperfection is over 4 feet square. Even better: she only spent about $30 to print the map and make the frame!
These Vintage French Map Coasters were one of my favorite 2014 posts. They’re super easy to make, and I even have a free printable for you, so no map necessary!
I absolutely love this DIY Vintage Roll-Up Map from Nellie Bellie. Why spend a ton of money on a vintage one when you can make your own from a window shade?Hide your unsightly stuff (papers, remotes, etc.) in these cute DIY Map Boxes from Craft Dictator.This DIY Framed Map with Quote from Dwell Beautiful is such a clever and easy idea!Chez Larsson has a simple tutorial for a Map-Covered Lamp Shade … so cute!Shine Your Light made a large DIY Tray for her ottoman. She made the tray herself, but you could use a ready-made one, too.
Why not frame your favorite vacation pic in a DIY Map-Covered Frame? I have a ton of these inexpensive frames from Target in my apartment, and they’d be perfect for this project.
Since the frame has a mat, you could cover the frame, mat, or even both. If you’re covering the frame, lightly scuff it with some sand paper first. Then, simply apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the frame/mat with a foam brush and attach the cut-to-size maps.
After the frame/mat is dry, cover everything with another layer of Mod Podge to seal it.
I found the vintage Paris map here.
Hard to believe, but this Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from Crafts by Amanda is made from a poster!
I hope you were inspired for these DIY ideas for decorating with maps! Do you need maps to make these projects? Check out these free printables:
- Remodelaholic has 20 free vintage map printable images.
- The Graphics Fairy is a great source of free printable images (search for maps).
- U Create has some unique and colorful printable maps.
- Looking for a specific location? Just Google the place name + free map.
Have you ever used maps in a decorating project?