These practical and creative uses for old maps will have you hauling out your stash to get started on one or more of our DIY ideas here!
In this article:
- DIY Vintage Map Coasters
- Vintage Map Bangle
- Glass Map Necklace
- DIY Globe Garland
- Wood Pallet Map
- Map Gift Tags
- Ephemera Pots Project
- DIY Map Wall Initial with Toy Car
- Old Road Map Cork Board
- Map Platter
- Mint Tin Upcycled Mini Album
- DIY Little Map Table
- Map Heart Garland
- Vintage Modern Map Lamp
- Cool Map Shoes
- Shiny Map Magnets
- DIY Map Tray
- DIY Decoupage Map
- Map Desk
- Vintage Wooden Games
- Map Binder Clips
- Pottery Barn Covered Candle Knock Off
- Map Picture Frame
- Map Rings
- DIY Paper Wallet
- DIY Travel Tape
- Love Canvas
- DIY Map Wreath
- The Map Dresser
- Vintage Map Wrapping Paper
- Map Covered Shelf Organizing Boxes
- IKEA Map Clock
Chic and Clever Uses for Old Maps That DIY Junkies Love
Turn Your Old Maps Stash into New Crafts
I'm sure at one point in 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.
Do you also have old road maps lying around and don't know what to do with them? If you travel a lot and collected quite a few maps from these trips, I have great ideas for recycling them.
If they're only creating clutter, you should upcycle those maps into beautiful craft projects. I've made this roundup of cool DIY projects using old maps, so let's get crafting!
1. DIY Vintage Map Coasters
2. Vintage Map Bangle
3. Glass Map Necklace
Have a place close to your heart? Keep it closer by making a DIY necklace out of it.
4. DIY Globe Garland
5. Wood Pallet Map
6. Map Gift Tags
Tag your gifts with these creative map gift tags. This is another simple and super-easy way to use old maps.
We recommend you add colored eyelets to your tag holes for a nifty and pretty finish.
7. Ephemera Pots Project
Organize and style your ordinary pots by decoupaging them with some old pieces of maps. These map decoupage projects, including this Ephemera pots project, make interesting decor pieces and holders for pencils and crafting thingamajigs.
8. DIY Map Wall Initial with Toy Car
9. Old Road Map Cork Board
10. Map Platter
11. Mint Tin Upcycled Mini Album
12. DIY Little Map Table
Spruce up your home by decorating with old maps. This little map table will look absolutely amazing in your bedroom.
13. Map Heart Garland
This map heart garland is a super easy craft project with maps. Draw the cutest heart patterns on your map, then cut out.
You will use overlapping heart cutouts for a 3D effect. Use either another sheet of a map or clear colored plastic sheets for crafting.
Take a nylon thread and sew right in the middle of the heart cutouts. Sew as many as you can or your desired length of a garland.
14. Vintage Modern Map Lamp
15. Cool Map Shoes
Do a shoe makeover with some mod podge and old maps. First, make sure you have clean canvass shoes to work on and a light paper map to work with.
Apply decoupage on your shoes and finish with several coats of water sealer if you need to. This is indeed a cool way to reuse old maps.
16. Shiny Map Magnets
17. DIY Map Tray
Give your wooden tray a makeover with a little spray paint and a cut-out old map.
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.
19. Map Desk
Make your DIY map desk the only thing you need to go to where you're going.
20. Vintage Wooden Games
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.
22. Pottery Barn Covered Candle Knock Off
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23. Map Picture Frame
24. Map Rings
25. DIY Paper Wallet
If you have 5 minutes, you can make this cool wallet from an old map. Note, this is not good for everyday use but an awesome idea to store your gifts like money and gift cards.
26. DIY Travel Tape
This DIY travel tape is another really cool project using old maps. Take your regular tape to a whole new level.
27. Love Canvas
28. DIY Map Wreath
29. The Map Dresser
Make a statement with this really cool idea on how to revamp your dresser.
30. Vintage Map Wrapping Paper
31. Map Covered Shelf Organizing Boxes
32. IKEA Map Clock
We love these uses for old maps, but how about globes? Check out these cool ideas to repurpose globes in this video from J.o.h.n Ideas:
Now you know there are tons of ways for you to reuse old maps. Now, you can also start getting rid of the old maps cluttering your attic or basement.
But, with these fun projects, I'm pretty sure you will start collecting maps if you don't have much in store. So, have fun making your own version of these cool crafts and projects!
Which of these DIY ideas and uses for old maps is making it to your to-do list? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.