Do you have old maps lying around and don’t know what to do with them? If they’re only creating clutter, why not upcycle those maps into beautiful craft projects! You just need a few repurposing and upcycling ideas and you’ll be on your way to your next craft project!
Inventive Uses for Old Maps | Upcycling Ideas
I’m sure at one point of your school life your history or geography teacher had asked you to bring a map to class. If you’re like me, who has a hard time letting go of a lot of stuff, you probably still have it stored somewhere. Well it’s a good thing you kept it. It’s probably old by now so all the better. If you can get a few more old maps, then there’s a lot of upcycling projects we can make with them. I’ve made a list of cool DIY projects that uses old maps. Let’s get crafting!
This is a great DIY coaster idea for people who want to travel a lot. Personalize it to whatever country or state you want. Click here to read more!
2. Vintage Map Bangle
A chic bangle from old maps, I want one! Click here to see how it’s done.
3. Glass Map Necklace
Have a place close to your heart? Make that place really close by making a DIY necklace out of it. Click here for the steps.
4. DIY Globe Garland
This DIY garland will be perfect for a going away party. An easy decoration idea you can easily make. Click here for the instructions.
5. Wood Pallet Map
Are you in the mood for a little wall art with pallets? Create this DIY art from an old map! Click here for the tutorial!
6. Map Gift Tags
Tag it with a map. This is a super easy way to use old maps. Click here for the steps.
7. Ephemera Pots Project
Organize by styling your ordinary pots by decoupaging them with some old pieces of maps. Click here for the tutorial!
8. Map-tastic Decor
You’ll never forget your travels when you decorate your home with this DIY idea. Click here to find out how.
9. Map Cork Board
This is a great way to keep track of your travels. It may not be really old, but I think a few months counts as old. Click here for the instructions!
10. Map Platter
A stunning platter you can use for almost anything. Use it to serve your guests or keep your keys and jewelries in it. Click here for the tutorial.
11. Mini Album
Store all your precious memories in this DIY album. Keep them close any where you go. Click here for the steps.
12. DIY Map Table
Need some upcycled furniture to spruce up your home? This will look absolutely amazing in your bedroom. Click here for the tutorial.
13. Map Heart Garland
This is a super easy craft project with maps. Cut out your maps and start sewing. Click here for the steps.
14. Vintage Modern Map Lamp
Make a DIY lamp from a lamp kit. It’s a fun project you can make using old maps. Click here for the tutorial!
15. Cool Map Shoes
Do a shoe makeover with some mod podge and old maps. This is so cool! Click here for the steps!
16. Shiny Map Magnets
If you’re tired of the usual store-bought magnets, make a batch of these shiny map magnets. They’re so easy to make! Check it out here!
17. DIY Map Tray
Give your wooden tray a makeover with a little spray paint and a cut-out old map. Click here for the steps!
18. DIY Decoupage Map
It is possible to run out of old maps. It may be the case for this craft project, so what to do? You can print and blow up map pages for this awesome knock off. Click here to see how.
19. Map Desk
Make your desk the only thing you need to go to where you’re going. Click here for the instructions!
20. Vintage Wooden Games
Make your own DIY game by following the steps on this easy tutorial.
21. Map Binder Clips
Are you bored with the usual black binder clips? It’s just so flat and black. Why not make it your next DIY project to add some color to it. Click here for the instructions.
22. Pottery Barn Covered Candle Knock Off
Are you envious of those candles from Pottery Barn? Make them yourself with some mod podge and this easy tutorial.
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23. Map Picture Frame
This would be a great gift idea for a loved one. If you still remember the place where you first met, map it in a frame. Click here for the instructions.
24. Map Rings
For your traveler friend or for a friend who tends to get lost. This is a cool jewelry idea you can make in a flash. Click here for the tutorial.
25. DIY Paper Wallet
If you have 5 minutes, you can make this cool wallet from an old map. It may not be advisable to use this everyday but it’s an awesome idea for to store your gifts like money and gift cards. Click here for the steps.
26. DIY Travel Tape
This is a really cool DIY project using old maps. Take your regular tape to a whole new level. Click here to find out how.
27. Love Canvas
A romantic gift for him or her. Show your boo how much you care with this creative DIY! Click here for the instructions.
28. DIY Map Wreath
If you can cut it, you can make a wreath out of it. There’s nothing more colorful than a map, why not make it a wreath? Click here for the steps.
29. The Map Dresser
Make a statement with this really cool idea on how to revamp your dresser. Click here for the tutorial!
30. Vintage Map Wrapping Paper
This must be the easiest way you can repurpose your old maps. Click here to see how.
31. Love Map
Make a DIY craft of the places that you’ve lived in or that holds great meaning to you. I’m sure you’ll love this! Click here for the tutorial!
32. IKEA Map Clock
Here’s an IKEA hack you can make using old maps. Turn a plain looking wall clock into a work of art. Click here for the instructions.
Did you enjoy our list of upcycling ideas with old maps? Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are on these old map repurposing ideas. Do you have any other craft projects you’d like to share? Share it with us and we’ll give it a try.
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