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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

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

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

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

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

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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