Repurposed Worlds: 15 Cool DIY Ideas Using Old Maps

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8. Simple map coasters

Do you love the idea of including subtle little hints about your love for travel all over your house, but in the form of little pieces rather than, say, pasting an entire wall with a map like it’s wallpaper? Then check out these adorable little coasters featured on Martha Stewart. Like many of the things you’ll make out of maps and other paper products, all you’ll need here are your basic decoupaging skills.

9. Map covered keepsake boxes

Are you a nostalgic person who absolutely loves keeping little trinkets from all the places you’ve traveled and visited so you can remember how happy you were at each time and how much you enjoyed each place? Then you’ll need a safe (and, of course, totally cute) place to keep everything you’ve collected! Check out how Wear the Canvas made these cute map-covered keepsake boxes from old maps.

10. Map pendant necklace

Is there one specific place that holds onto your heart, even though you’re not always there? Then perhaps you might like a way to keep that place with you all the time so you can be reminded of how much you love it and how happy you are there! If you’ve ever crafted with resin then you might have already thought of this, but just in case, here’s an absolutely stunning necklace pendant idea from Pork & Periwinkle that will let you wear a piece of the map of your favourite place any time you please!

11. Map hacked canvas shoes

Covering an old pair of shoes with maps might not sound like a very long-wearing idea, but if you take a look at this tutorial from Something Monumental you’ll see that there actually are ways to make maps and fashion work together beyond just jewelry! Besides being another creative way to show people that you simply adore travel, these are a kitschy statement piece that will make you look unique in a crowd.

12. Map scale pendant light

Pendant lights are always fun and if you’ve ever seen scaled pendant lights than you already know just how much fun they can be, both to see and make. There are all kinds of styles and designs you can make the “scales” with, but one of our very favourite ideas is this map lamp by Paisley Sprouts. Think about how cute it would look in a nursery! It’s never too early to start learning geography, right?

13. Map covered side table

Remember when we said we absolutely adore projects that upcycle more than one thing at once in order to make one new and totally stylish thing? Well, just in case our last example didn’t quite do it for you, here’s another idea that we think you’ll like! Poppytalk guides you through the process of creating a brand new travel themed side table from an old, plain one and those trusty old maps.

14. Paper fans made with maps

Are you planning a beautiful travel themed wedding with your favourite travel buddy ever and you’d like to have it in the summer? Well, we don’t know many people who will say no to a summer celebration, but we do know how hot summer parties can get, even at night. Try making yourself these adorable paper fans that, while they can be made with just about any kind of paper, will look absolutely perfect with your theme and décor if you make them with fans. Check the whole idea out on Wedding Bells!

15. DIY decorative map tape

Have you always been a big fan of not just gift wrapping, but going all out and actually decorating your gifts? Then we have a feeling that the travel bugs in your life will really enjoy this cute idea from Mkatsafar! Their tutorial teaches you how to turn nice, even strips of old maps into tape that will jazz up any gift or match the occasion if you’re giving family souvenirs from your last vacation!

Have you created other awesome DIY projects from old maps that you don’t see here on our list, but that you very much enjoyed making? Tell us about how you did them or share pictures of your work in the comments section!

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