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7 Creative Crafts with Maps

From decor, gifts and home organization these creative crafts with maps will have you hunting for those boxes in the basement filled with old maps from vacations past!

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7 Crafts with Old Maps

I was sorting through the storage room in my basement recently and came across a banker box full of maps that my husband had collected when he used to travel for work. From the chock-full lines and grid pattern of New York City to the gradations of yellow to green in mountainous Colorado, each map was so unique and its own work of art.

With the introduction of a GPS in every car and mobile phone, the need for physical maps has lessened significantly over the years. Gone are those days where you are following along on a CAA triptik route planner. So for those of you who have held onto old maps, here are seven projects we love that upcycle and showcase these beautiful maps.

Drawer Makeover

 DIY Inspired

We love the use of old maps to resurface a plain drawer face from DIY Inspired. You can choose the type of map you want that will fit in with the rest of your room decor: maybe the ocean and tropical islands for a calming effect or the streets of any large city for an edgier look.

Keepsake Map Keychains

I actually took photocopies of my husbands New York City maps (pre-911) and made them into his and hers keychains as a Father’s Day gift one year.

Gift Bags

 Country Chic Cottage

There’s always some occasion that comes up that we’re in need of a gift bag. This “maptastic” gift bag from The Country Chic Cottage is a great alternative to a generic gift bag from the dollar store. The bag will be just as special as the gift inside. Also, why not consider using old maps as gift wrap for those boxed presents?



What a great conversation starter! These cool upcycled map coasters from POPSUGAR will have your guests reminiscing of their travel experiences and daydreaming about their future trips. You can use a map from a special trip or some destination you have on your bucket list.

Lining a Vintage Suitcase

The Boondocks Blog used maps of Greece to line the inside of the vintage suitcase she had been restoring. She turned the suitcase into a beautiful storage space for her craft supplies!

Photo Frame 

 DIY Del Ray

The next time you go on a vacation, why not collect some local maps and use them to upcycle an old frame. Put one of your favourite pictures from your trip in the frame and you have a beautiful keepsake like this one from DIY Del Ray.

Paper Map Flowers

 Fancy Pants Weddings

We love how these paper map flowers from Fancy Pants Weddings turned out. A collection of these simple yet intricate-looking flowers together on a canvas would create a stunning three dimensional piece of art in any living room.

Normally, I wish my husband wouldn’t collect so many things, but in this case, I’m glad he held onto his old maps.

Have you made any creative crafts with maps?

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Melissa Vera

Monday 13th of July 2015

I have also used them to wrap presents as well. Love cohosting the #HomeMattersParty with you.

Jane and Sonja

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

That's a great idea Melissa. That would look beautiful. Thank you for stopping by!

Lou Lou Girls

Saturday 11th of July 2015

Love them all! I so fun to see what you have been working on because it's AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

Jane and Sonja

Monday 13th of July 2015

Thank you so much. We will definitely be back for the Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party ( tonight. Thank you for stopping by.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Saturday 11th of July 2015

Love these ideas! I just recently found an old book I had stored away of collector maps (not originals, but images), and some of these projects would be fun to do with them. Thanks for sharing and being a wonderful co-host of the #HomeMattersParty - we love having you on the team! :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

Jane and Sonja

Monday 13th of July 2015

Those would be great to use Lorelai. I'm appreciating more and more the beauty of maps and love the idea of displaying them. We are really enjoying our #HomeMattersParty co-hosting experience! Thank you for having us.

Kristen Campbell

Friday 10th of July 2015

Oh my goodness, these are such fantastic ideas! Pinned for keeps! Happy to be co-hosting another #HomeMattersParty with you :)

Jane and Sonja

Monday 13th of July 2015

Thank you for stopping by Kristen! We are really enjoying our experience as co-hosts for the #HomeMattersParty. You ladies sure know how to throw a linky party!

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