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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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DIY Map TV Tray

I had so much fun completing this project. I’d been thinking for a while about different crafts I could do with road maps. I finally decided to mod podge the map on a TV tray I owned for a few years.

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I started off by cleaning the dust and dirt from the tray. Then I spray painted the tray with Krylon Paint + Primer (gloss, white).

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I had some errands to complete, so I let the tray dry for rest of the night. Then on the next day, I cut out the map to fit on top of the tray.

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Next, I glued the map to the tray with Mod Podge (gloss). I spread the Mod Podge on top of the tray and on the back of the map. Then I pressed them firmly together, making sure I removed any lumps or bubbles.

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Finally, I let the tray dry for a couple of hours, then I gave it one last coat of Mod Podge to seal the map and paint.

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I’m so happy with how this project came together. I think the map matches well with the white paint.