One of the easiest and most effective ways to stamp your own individuality and personality in your home is with some map decor crafts.
Maps look awesome, they are easy to get hold of and by using maps of special places they can personalize and add the wow factor to an otherwise mundane object.
Having traveled a lot and lived in several different countries I have wanderlust. I love travel themed decor. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using map decor crafts.
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What Maps To Craft With & Where To Get Them
I keep maps from all my trips and holidays for crafting. I have a draw full of tourist maps of cities I’ve visited, out of date road maps and even piste maps from previous ski holidays.
Now that most people use satnavs it is easy to pick up old road maps in thrift and junk stores very cheaply. Maps do go out of date as roads get updated.
Another good resource for vintage road maps is older relatives. I often find that they are more than willing to part with their old road maps especially when they know they are going to be repurposed. My dad is always passing on his old maps to me.
If you want a map of a particular continent, country or city, Pictureboxblue is a great site for free printable maps. There are some particularly amazing vintage world maps on the site.
Cavallini even has gift wrap of vintage maps of the world’s major cities. Such as London, New York and Paris, plus many more.
Map Decor Crafts: Fantastic ideas to Personalize Your Home
There are many ways you can use map decor crafts in your home DIYs. From decoupage with paper maps to sewing with map fabric. Decoupaging old furniture with maps is one of the easiest ways to give it an instant update.
Use city maps from your travels to make unique upcycled personalized placemats for your table. They are also great conversation starters around the diner table as you reminisce about previous vacations.
Another IKEA hack this time a Rismon lampshade. However, you can use any pendant lamp kit to make this fun but subtle map decor. I have one of these lamps hanging above my bed. I love looking up at the map when I look up. I'm sure I have more dreams about far-flung places because of it.
How about a map chair to sit on while you are working at your map desk. It's a fun way to upcycle an old wooden school chair with a map of your choice, from city maps, road maps to even a London Underground map.
This tutorial shows you how to get any map of your choice printed onto a pillow. These would make a fabulous personalized gift. There are also loads of free vintage maps on this site that you can use for your pillow design.
This was an upcycle of some unfinished min wooden drawer chest from IKEA called Moppe. However, this tutorial can be used for any mini drawer set any size not just the IKEA Moppe. The methodology is the same.
These handmade unique pillows are made to look like luggage tags just to add to the travel theme. They would also make a great gift. The tags can be personalized by adding the gift recipient's name and favorite place to the tag.