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diy best of: map projects

by Amy Azzarito

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

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