Maps are so beautiful. I’ve been looking for some ways to use them because I see them everywhere (including my glove box). Just like CD’s, record albums, and books, they are becoming obsolete due to the emergence of electronics like the GPS and the internet. But what I do love about maps is that they tell a story and simultaneously serve as a work of art. Here are six great ways to recycle maps.
One: Art Work
Check out these heart maps by Tcktyboo. Each heart represents a special place. For example, where you were married, where you went on your honeymoon, or where the kids were born.
I also saw a great idea on Pintrest (I can’t find the picture or source anymore) where a map was framed and the route to a special trip was stitched in a coordinating colored string… so cute! Update! Thanks to Adri, here is the link for that map! http://www.marthastewart.com/375160/map-artwork Thank you, Adri!!!
This is a pillow from Etsy inspired by a vintage map.
Four: Upcycle Furniture
Here are three great examples of using decoupage on maps to turn an old piece of furniture into a unique and beautiful conversation piece.
Cover a wooden chest
Inspiration from Nate Berkus
Revamp an old Dresser
Add new life to an old Vanity
Five: Gift Wrap
Just in time for the holidays, use an old map as gift wrapping paper.
Six: Monograms or Letters
Use decoupage to commemorate a trip on craft letters (source unknown).
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