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Craft Roundup: Map Crafts

Welcome to another Craft Roundup. Today, I am showing pictures and tutorials of some of my favorite map crafts.  Maps make excellent wall art, they look beautiful decoupaged on furniture, and you can also use them to make jewelry. Maps come in many different colors and sizes, so there is no limit to the projects you can create.

 

1. DIY Map Art

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2. Map Lined Envelopes

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3. Vintage Map Crafts

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4. Map Gems

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5. Map TV Tray

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6. Map Shadow Box

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7. Decoupage Map on Organizer

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I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these projects as much as I enjoyed making them. Feel free to like this post, share it, or add your comments below.

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DIY Map Art

Today, I am sharing another map craft project! I am a little obsessed with collecting maps and using them in my home. Maps are not just for directions. They can help you tell a story or commemorate a happy time in your life.

I recently bought a roll of map wrapping paper, and I knew I wanted to use it to make some type of wall art. This wrapping paper is so lightweight and easy to use. I was able to complete my project in under an hour.

Supplies I Used:

  • Map Wrapping Paper
  • 11″ x 14″ Picture Frame
  • Mod Podge (Satin)
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Sharpie Marker (Black)
  • Chalk Paint (White)

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Steps to make the map art:

1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame.

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2. Paint the frame with 1-2 coats of chalk paint. Let it dry for about an hour.

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3.Cut a piece of the map wrapping paper to cover the frame backing.

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4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge on the frame backing. Then, cover it with the map paper. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles in the paper.

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5. Use a black Sharpie marker to write a quote on the glass. Since I do not have nice handwriting, I printed out some words (Segoe Script font) on paper and used it as a guide to trace on the glass.

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6. Finally, put the frame back together. You can either hang it on your wall or display it on a table or desk.

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Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your comments below!

 

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Map Lined Envelopes

Today’s blog post is about two of my favorite things: maps and stationery.

I enjoy using maps in craft projects, and I also enjoy adding decorations to all the plain and boring office supplies that I own. I recently found a stack of envelopes hidden in my desk. I knew they would look perfect with a map makeover!

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Supplies:

  • Road Map
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″ Blank Envelopes

 

Trace the outline of the envelope on the map.

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Then, cut out the map piece and trim it so that it will fit inside the envelope.

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Finally, spread a thin layer of glue on the back of the trimmed map and put it inside of the envelope. Use your fingers to remove any wrinkles.

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Use the map lined envelopes for a travel themed wedding or party. They can also be used as a fun way to mail letters.

 

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Where We Met Shadow Box

I enjoy finding ways to celebrate love. I also enjoy hearing about how couples met and eventually got married. I made this project as a way to have a cute reminder of where I met my husband.

Supplies I used:

  • 10 in. x 10 in. Shadow Box
  • Road Map
  • Mod Podge
  • Red Card Stock
  • Chalk Paint (Colors: Plaster and Maui Sand)
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam Brush

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1. I began by removing the glass and backing from the shadow box.

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2. Next, I painted the frame with 2 different colors of chalk paint. I let the paint dry 1 hour between each coat. Then, I lightly distressed the frame with 150 grit sandpaper.

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3. I cut a piece of a state road map and adhered it to the frame backing with Mod Podge.

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4. Finally, I cut a heart shape out of the card stock and glued it on the map to show where I met my husband.

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I put the shadow box back together, and displayed it on my mantel.

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Simple and pretty!

This shadow box would make a lovely gift for a bridal shower, engagement party, wedding, or anniversary.

 

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Painted Chalkboard Organizer

I saw this chalkboard organizer at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and I couldn’t leave the store without buying it. The best part is that I had a 50% off coupon, so I only spent about $7.50!

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I knew that I was going to spray paint it because I had two cans of paint left over from an earlier project. I also knew that I wanted to add a map to the organizer because I’m kind of obsessed with all the map crafts I found on Pinterest.

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I started by covering the chalkboard with masking tape and paper, then I spray painted the wood.

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Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze is one of my favorite colors. I enjoy using Krylon spray paints because the paint dries quickly and the nozzle doesn’t get clogged.

 

After the paint dried, I began to decoupage the strips of map on the organizer using Mod Podge (satin).

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I applied a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the map strips as well as on the four wooden boards. Then I adhered them together and removed any wrinkles or bubbles with my finger.

I let the paper dry for a couple of hours before I used an X-acto knife to trim the edges.

For the last step, I applied another layer of Mod Podge to seal the map.

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This chalkboard organizer is hanging on the wall in my bedroom/office. I love it because I can leave myself notes throughout the day, and I can store my mail without it getting lost under a pile of papers on my desk.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed this project. Please feel free to like, share, and comment.