Innovation and Inspiration! Clever New Uses for Maps: Great Ideas

Creative with mapsWe have boxes and boxes of rare and fabulously eccentric antique maps laying around the house. I know they are valuable. Some haven’t been opened in 40 years and probably belonged to a relative i haven’t seen since I was a kid. This stuff is WAY too precious to list on Ebay. It must get special treatment, as they are all irreplaceable. One day soon I will self-ignite in a huge cloudburst of new wintertime creative projects, and delving into the clever uses of old [ and modern ] maps is officially “on my list” of things I want to do this winter.  Here are some fun ideas for using maps in clever new ways that I found this morning.

Creative with maps by Shannon Rankin

I would completely put a map in the library...if I can part with the space for bookcases... Creative Ways to Cover Your Walls | Home + Garden | PureWow National

Fun with maps #imadethis #creativebug

Because of the variety of lines and colors on maps, even the most random assortment of them looks fantastic. (Martha Stewart Living, August 2002)

modgepodge maps unto letters!

A creative way to share your travel interest with your guests by using maps as an inspiration for your table setting.

Love this -- inexpensive map cut into pieces, some aging at the edges, mod podged to canvas, to create art -- could use technique with lots of different graphics. By Selina of Creative Juices Decor.

Decoupaged Table top with Vintage Map from Today's Creative Blog

map bowl - but with something else inside...

Dishfunctional Designs: Are You Gonna Go My Way? Creative Uses for Old Maps

this would be a great idea for going-away presents for missionaries. cut the map around the state or country where they're going.

Tons of creative things to make with #maps : handbags, purses, gifts, picture frames etc

Live, Love and Be Creative: Decorating with Maps Inspiration Boards

I need old maps. I feel like I could do a million creative things with them

paper candle holders made out of old books & maps- wrapped the paper around small drinking glasses and and secured with tape

Map Pillows. Creative and unique map throw pillows. These vintage world map pillows are made with organic eco-friendly cotton

East Coast Creative: Creating with the Stars Round 3 Voting

Map Quest Headboard  Your kids can dream about future travels with this easy-to-make map-covered headboard.  How to Make It   -- Gather your paper maps.    -- Use decoupage medium to adhere them to a tired old headboard.    -- Then let it dry.

THIS is what I want to do with all those maps of my hometown my dad made me carry around while I was learning to drive!

Elisabeth Lecourt of France created this series of children’s clothing called ‘Mapquest’, with vintage styles crafted from folded and cut maps.

handmade paper rose ... upcycled maps ... my idea: if the map isn't a pretty color, lightly stain it with watercolor wash or "age" it with coffee stain ...

The invitations to Desmond's birthday party. The map was printed from HP's creative studio on the website. I burned the edges and delivered them in bottles (the ones that had to be mailed were in plastic bottles with lids)

Map crafts. Gotta love the name of the website this is from ;)

Ways To Decorate With Junk | Creative Ways To Decorate With Maps : Use Old Maps For Decorations ...

DIY nautical wallpaper (charts). Install them with the help of paste/mod podge or pins like this one. Sea all the creative ideas on Completely Coastal here:

Creative uses for maps by dyshfunctional designs.  Just one of the blogs I love!

Creative Compass, Royal Geographical Society, London, 2010. Maps from the Society’s collection together with newly commissioned map art from Agnès Poitevin-Navarre and Susan Stockwell. It was accompanied by a 32-page illustrated color catalogue, with an essay by Dr Harriet Hawkins and artist interviews by Paul Goodwin.

Several awesome ideas for using maps around the home! (Home Design with Kevin Sharkey -

Clicking on this leads to a whole bunch of crafts to do with maps. Very creative stuff. At the end of the blog are names of other folks who've done some creative things with maps, and all the names are links. Very inspiring.

Doodlebug Design Inc Blog: Travel Layouts by Monique Liedtke...might do something like this with our Colorado/New Mexico route from last summer

What a good-looking and creative way to track your travels- using with hang tags and map pens.

Wall & Deco wallpaper


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