diy best of: map projects

I love maps, and the older the better. I absolutely adore giving reproduction maps from the New York Public Library. It’s seriously my favorite gift for nearly any occasion. Moved to a neighborhood in Brooklyn? A reproduction fire insurance map. Just got married? A map of your honeymoon location. I can come up with plenty of reasons for why maps work for almost any occasion. I also love any project that puts maps to good use. And now that so many of us use our phones, Google or other GPS devices for navigation, there is a plethora of lonely maps just waiting to be put to good crafting use. (PS — If you’re looking for more map inspiration, check our Sneak Peek Best of: Maps.) — Amy Azzarito

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Image above: Recycled Road Map Cork Board — use old road maps to create cork boards

Image above: American travel map made from cork to plot your next road trip.

Image above: DIY map lampshade created using an old map and hot glue!

See more map projects after the jump!

Image above: Etched map serving tray

Image above: A correspondence set made from discarded glove compartment maps

Image above: DIY framed wall map

Image above: Chalkboard globe DIY

Image above: World map made using a Salt + Coffee Watercolor Technique

  1. ilene says:

    I love maps also, plus they are cheap and easy to find. I covered a cork board with a USA map for my sons room. Turned out great.

  2. Sara says:

    I love using maps! Not only am I constantly on the lookout for globes to add to our home, but I also used 2 maps to create art representing where my boyfriend and I are both from! You can check it out here: !

  3. I love these ideas. Maps are so great for decorating.

  4. So many beautiful map DIYs! I think the serving tray is my favorite.

  5. lindsay says:

    so in love with the map post cards! totally doing that :D wonderful inspiration!

  6. Maura says:

    Halligans DIY maps are my favorite!!!

  7. danielle says:

    love seeing maps used as decor! thanks for the ideas!

  8. Patty says:

    I love all of these – and Michigan represent! I live in colorado now, which makes for a slightly more boring cut-out ;) I have gotten some lovely small vintage maps on etsy of my favorite vacation spots. They’re framed in my living room. Love them.

  9. Veronica says:

    Love to use maps in decor!! I’ll have my own diy soon!!! :)

  10. There are few things in life I love more than maps. I think I will eventually end up wallpapering my bedroom with them!

  11. Todd says:

    What is it about maps that just draw you in? These are great- especially love that serving tray.

  12. The lampshade is terrific! It brought back memories of ones that were in my little brother’s room when we were growing up in the 70’s… went with his “captain’s bed”. The one highlighted here has a more sophisticated look. The type of map matters!

  13. jodi says:

    Love that lampshade! I have some envelopes made from vintage maps here:

  14. I LOVE maps, they are so colourful and meaningful. I recently updated an old IKEA lack table with pages from a 1943 atlas, so chuffed with it :-)

  15. The cork-board USA is adorable! Now, if only I can find an excuse to use this for my business! : )

  16. chela says:

    Love maps! Martin is making a junk map of New York, the process is as beautiful as the WIP.

  17. Ginger says:

    Like the maps idea, but what’s up with the half-missing Upper Peninsula?

  18. Chris says:

    @Ginger, IIRC, the western half of the U.P. is usually separated and at a different scale.

  19. tara says:

    I covered my bedside table top with a cab driver’s map of Greater London (where I was born), it’s at the right scale so you can see the great bends of the Thames. And I lined out the back of a a glass-fronted cabinet that I got from the dump with panels of large-scale map of the forest where I live.

  20. Ainslie says:

    These are lovely! The postcard is very cute and the salt + coffee technique is definitely going to be going on in my kitchen! The Sneak Peek best of Maps is *very* visually mellifluous!

  21. trish nelson says:

    love maps, love these. thanks so much for the inspiration!

  22. Alanna says:

    Love the maps, but the first imagine, of dear old Michigan? Ummm…half of the Upper Peninsula is missing.

  23. Lisa Lou says:

    Um, thank you Alanna! Only 3/4 of Michigan represents. (I’m from the part that got cut off.)

  24. Calli says:

    This is a great collection of maps, I especially like the etched map. And maps definitely make great gifts!


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