Great Uses for Old Maps

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With the advent of Mapquest and cars equipped with navigational systems, road maps are practically becoming a thing of the past. If you’ve got some unused maps around, here are some great project ideas to inspire you.

Send some love to your friends in wonderful map envelopes. A simple white label will provide a place to address your note. psyche found templates online and made several envelopes out of her available maps. Make the mail fun again!

Look at these wonderful journals that minouette created as gifts for her friends who love to travel. Each journal is filled with various lined paper, graph paper, colour paper and more maps of places chosen for the recipient. You’re going to want to make an extra for yourself!
Do you need a great place to keep souvenirs you pick up in your travels? How about  a wooden box covered with an old map, like this one made by BethanyJoy? Simply cut a map to fit, and decoupage!
Use some inexpensive tiles from a home improvement store and some maps to make a set of coasters, like these made by wait4fiji. Cut your maps carefully to include some of your favorite travel destinations, or highlight places you’d love to visit in the future.
Need some quick gift wrap? These lovely boxes were both wrapped with old maps. muguet even used a map to make the bow. This is a great eco-friendly way to wrap a gift.

You can use maps in any project that calls for papers, so don’t throw them away! Use your imagination and you’ll probably be surprised at what you can come up with. Happy crafting!

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5 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I want to try those journals! Would be great for my niece who loves to write and will be studying abroad next year for school.

  2. telli says:

    Love them all…especially the journals and envelopes x.

  3. Jen says:

    These are great ideas! I’d love to make the envelopes, but I’d have to send one to myself, they’re so cool!

  4. LeahReese says:

    I have used old maps as a back ground for my vacation scrap book pages. I just try and center it around a place we visited.

  5. Kate says:

    My room is done in an England theme, so for the focal point of one wall I bought two ordnance survey maps off eBay (really detailed maps that cover the entire nation of Great Britain), trimmed them down a bit, and attached them to the wall with Command strips. I then put shelves on top of them (I installed the hardware prior to putting the maps up, then used an Xacto knife to cut slits on top of the screws to bring them through) and put my items on the shelves (tins of a London phone booth and Big Ben, a homemade shadow box savings bank, a framed issue of “Life” featuring the newly-ascended Queen Elizabeth II on the cover). It’s unique, amazing, and personal – the maps are of the Salisbury Plains (home to Stonehenge, a region I’ve visited) and of southern Scotland (featuring Glasgow and Edinburgh, an area I’ve always wanted to go). If you do this project though, don’t even try ordinary double-stick tape – it doesn’t work. I used a whole roll on one map and it was perfectly useless.

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