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« on: August 15, 2012 06:59:27 PM »

I got  map-age! LOL! My boss was going to toss out a box of old maps but alas, I couldnt let them die! I want to do something with them but Im not sure what! I am planning on moving out soon and was thinking maybe something  for living room art? I am a photographer (which means I have a TON of photos). I was also thinking of trying to trade them for French maps (I got a French caf theme in my kitchen)

I have the fallowing:
Large paper:
Kansas, Missouri ,New England, Lakes region New Hampshire, New England, Official new England innkeepers map, Massachusetts, Lake superior, Marinette/ Menominee map, Cape cod, Minnesota highway map, A HUGE Louisiana map (with aswome artwork)

Smaller maps that are like coated:
Crivitz, Marinette, Green bay (All cities in Wisconsin), small tourism map Minnesota, waterfalls of Marinette

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012 06:50:36 PM »

i bet you could do some really cool mod podge stuff with those. really you could decorate anything with them.
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012 05:54:17 PM »

Maps (the uncoated) ones make nice envelopes. I especially like the #10 size.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012 07:03:41 AM »

I would suggest using them as part of a kitchen or coffee table.

like this:

But under a glass top so you can change them out when you want something new.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2012 02:07:00 AM »

The coated maps would make great placemats/table coverings.

You could cover part of a wall with a large map and faux frame it with paint or even a real wooden frame could be hung around it.  If you have enough maps you could paper a whole wall with them.

If you have kids, you can mod podge the maps onto cardboard & cut them with a jigsaw to make puzzles.

You can make dust jackets for books from paper, non-coated maps.  Great to cover an atlas, world history book, or travel journal.

Get really crafty and trace your route from home to France on the maps in a bright color and frame them individually in your kitchen.

Got an old dresser/cabinet with a finish you don't like?  Cover it with the non-coated maps - overlap them, turn some upside down - and then polyurethane over them for a finish.

Use the coated ones to make a book for a child.  Kids love maps, and the coated ones can be written on with a wax pencil or write on/wipe off pen.  Use them to reinforce math skills and geography with your child.

Those are all the ideas I can think of right now.  Have fun with them!  Smiley
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012 08:22:31 AM »

Decoupage them onto cork board and make coasters. It's a project that has been in the back of my head for a while.  Maybe I'll get around to it...eventually...
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012 04:20:44 AM »

I was going to say to put them on some cork board and make them into placemats and coasters...but i see that's been covered xD

You could also use them to cover notebooks, or maybe (if you have a wall the right size and maybe don't mind cutting some of them) just use them as wallpaper to create a feature wall.

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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2012 03:04:44 PM »

I was going to suggest a collage wall, too, if you don't mind cutting them up. I have big white cabinets in my kitchen, and it would be really cool to cover them with maps. You could also use them to line drawers or shelves with contact paper.
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012 11:56:38 PM »

we decoupaged a map of our island onto the floor, added a couple of coats of clear floor finish to protect.
My original plan was to cover the entire floor with maps from all over, but my husband preferred the single map.  It's his office, he got his way. Wink

Maps are also great for gift wrap. 

You might be able to use fusible web to attach the coated maps to fabric and upholster a chair seat--one that doesn't get used much.

or decoupage  onto the back or seat of a wood chair.

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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2013 08:31:59 AM »

So glad I found this!  I have a huge bucket of maps that I need to use up... some are just too pretty to cut apart, but others would be great as coasters, book covers, shelf liners and all manner of things.  Now I know what next week's projects are going to be!

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