Recycled Map Crafts


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Do you have trouble throwing out old maps? We do! We keep maps from vacations, old atlases, and road maps. So over the years we have accumulated lots of maps and I have come up with several uses for old maps.

Map Window Shade

We found an old instructional map in the alley behind a church.  It is titled, “Palestine during the Time of the Judges” and shows a map of the Middle East. This large roller map was in a bit of disrepair but it is still really beautiful and interesting. Roller maps do not hang well on walls unless they are framed or glued down because the edges curl. Mounting them into roller shade hardware is just as easy as hanging a regular window shade.  The edges don’t curl too much because the map spends much of its time rolled up.

Your challenge is finding a map that is the right size. If you use an exterior mount you have a little bit of leeway.  You can measure your window and purchase vintage roller maps on Ebay or at Atafa. 

Window Shade made From A Map

Window shade made from a map
Photo by Sarah Hart Boone



Wallpapering with Maps

You can wallpaper a wall with whole maps or pieces of maps. For small areas I use Mod Podge, a nontoxic glue, sealer and finish available at craft or hardware stores. You also can use regular wallpaper paste or other products like water based acrylic varnish or even make your own wallpaper paste  





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