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Wonderful Free Printable Vintage Maps To Download

As so many of the crafts on Pillarboxblue involve maps, I have decided to share with you my collection of free printable vintage maps. So you can use them for your own crafts and DIYs.

It’s amazing how a decoupaged vintage map can transform the mundane into something awesome, such as with my map table IKEA hack. Vintage maps can also be used for printing onto wood and other surfaces too. Maps can be used to make some cool map themed gifts.

Free Printable Vintage Maps For All Your Craft Needs

The maps I have scanned in from my collection are from the 1890s, as these are copyright free. They include several country maps, a couple of world maps and a city map.

I will be adding more maps at a later date so watch this space. Just click on the highlighted title of the map you want and you will be given a free PDF of the Map to print or save. I have scanned the maps in at a relatively high resolution so you should be able to get a good downloadable print.

(If you can’t find a particular map you are looking for the checkout my other site which is full of free maps and gorgeous vintage images).

Not sure what to do with a free printable vintage map, then check out my maps craft page for lots of cool ideas and inspiration.

Whether you want to transform a piece of furniture with maps or simply make some fun paper decorations, you should find something you like. The gorgeous map roses I made are one of my most popular posts and have been featured in several magazines.

Free printable vintage maps

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The Free Printable Vintage Maps for Crafts

1. Europe map 1898

I love looking at old maps of Europe as so many borders have changed over the last Century. Many countries have disappeared and new ones reborn. Even in the last 50 years, with the break up of the Soviet Empire.

2. North America 1898

I’ve been to the States a few times New York and Atlanta. However, I love the Canadian Rockies and have had great vacations both in the winter and summer there.

This year I visited Vancouver and the Gulf Islands which was fabulous. I don’t think it will be long before I will return to North America. There are so many more wonderful cities and places to discover.

Vintage Map North America


3. World Map 1898

Vintage world map

4. England and Wales

I currently live nearly in the center of England, just slightly to the East. In a county town called Bedford. It’s probably as far as you can get to the coast from anywhere in the UK. Unfortunately, as I love the sea.

Vintage map of England And Wales

5. Berlin City Map

I visited Berlin just after the wall came down, I’d love to return again one day. This is a perfect map to use when making map table mats.

vintage map Berlin City Map

6. Eastern United States

If you are a fan of the Eastern States and especially New York there are some fabulous vintage New York City maps free to download here.

Vintage Map Eastern USA

7. Italy

It really does look like a boot!

Vintage Map Italy 1898

8. Indian Sub Continent

This is somewhere I visited a few times as a child. I have very fond memories of Sri Lanka and would love to take my own family there one day to see it.

9. United States of America

This is a great map of the USA with coloured states. You can find more maps of the United States here.

Vintage map of the USA

10. World Maps German

I love to craft with world maps and have used them to hack an IKEA Rismon lamp and to make an IKEA map clock.

Vintage World Map 1898

11. Map Of Europe 1923

This free printable vintage map of Europe is a very popular one for crafting and decoupage. I used this same map for making a map magnetic pinboard.

printable vintage maps for crafts

12. Map of The World

This particular printable vintage map of the world I used for my world map desk DIY.

What I liked about this world map was the unusual aspect with Australia on the left and the Americas in the middle.

Map of the world for desk

13. London Underground Maps

You don’t have to just use conventional vintage maps to craft with, I used a vintage London tube map for one of my personalized map chair upcycles.

maps for crafts tube map

You can also find more old maps of Europe here.

Free Printable vintage maps for crafts

 Another fun thing to use these printable vintage maps for is map art such as this map pet portrait, personalized DIY map art and these map paper moths.


Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

merci clare je vais m en servir en scrapbooking j en cherchais depuis longtemps

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Thank you, you might want to check out all the free images on my sister site they are a wonderful resource for scrapbooking.


Tuesday 9th of May 2023

Hi Clare ,thank you so much, Im going to use the map to make envelopes for my grandchildren to put in theyre travel journals.They will love them.Its very kind of you to make these beautiful maps available to us.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 9th of May 2023

That sounds like a lovely idea. I'm glad you like the maps; you should check out the maps on my sister site Pictureboxblue.


Thursday 20th of January 2022

Thank you so much. I am going to use these for making book marks for my Literary Club members.

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Thank, glad that you have a good use for them.

Roz Kravitz

Monday 4th of October 2021

Dear Claire, I am absolutely in awe of your wonderful crafts. They appear to be easy to make and are so wonderfully Scandinavian. Thank you for all your wonderful craft/art ideas; some of which I have posted to my "Northern Lights" board. I can't wait to start making them. With cancer in this Covid epidemic, it is difficult to get to the craft stores but you have made it easy with materials I have at home. Thanks again.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 4th of October 2021

Thank you so much that is lovely to hear. I try to make most of my crafts with the stuff that you are likely to have around you or easy to access. Sorry to hear you have cancer, I hope your treatment is going well.


Monday 16th of August 2021


Claire Armstrong

Monday 16th of August 2021

Thank you 😊