Your home should reflect your personality and passions, so if you have a love for traveling the world, why not show that off? After all, maps can be an ultra stylish way to decorate your dwelling. Aside from actually hanging up a map, here are some creative travel-centered projects to tackle:
Enhance a plain lampshade
Take your lampshade from boring to worldly by adhering a map print to the surface. Don’t worry, this is a lot easier than you’re thinking. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Gather the right materials: One plain lampshade, Mod Podge (you can pick it up from any craft store), a map, scissors and a foam brush.
2. Cut the map to fit the shape and size of your lampshade. The map should be slightly larger than the lampshade because you’ll have to fold the map over the edges.
3. Paint a layer of Mod Podge directly onto the surface of the lampshade using your foam brush.
4. Carefully place your map onto the lampshade, making sure to smooth out any bubbles that may form using your fingers. Fold the edges of the map under the top and bottom of the lampshade.
5. Cover the map with another thin layer of Mod Podge to set it in place and let it dry.
Make wall art
Need a decorative solution for your blank walls? Pull out a few maps from your car that you no longer need, or choose a map of your favorite location. You can frame it as-is, but I recommend cutting it into fun shapes. For instance, if Colorado has your heart, cut the map into a heart shape, mount it on a piece of white cardstock and frame it. Use a custom embosser on each map for a creative way to label it. You can also place the map in a shadow box to create visual appeal on your walls. If you do use shadow boxes, you can actually put trinkets from your vacation inside each one to add a personal touch.
Decorate your drawers
Take the inside of your dresser from boring to fun with maps. Cover the entire bottom of your drawers with maps (you may have to layer a few of them so that they fit the exact size of the drawers – there’s no need for them to line up perfectly). Use double-sided tape to adhere the map to the drawer, and you’re finished – it’s that simple.
Cut a few maps up into uniform rectangles and have them laminated. These can act as casual placemats when you have guests. Plus, they’re very easy to wipe down and use again.