i should be mopping the floor: DIY Map Wall Art

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

DIY Map Wall Art

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It's Thrifty Style Team day! Yay! I'm sharing this DIY Map Wall Art...it was budget-friendly, easy-to-put-together, and packs a fun design punch. See how simple it is to put together your own Map Wall Art below.

Paris and London Maps
My husband is actually the map collector in our family. He loves all kinds of maps and makes it a point to buy a new atlas every year, even though Waze replaced those atlases (atli?) for us a few years back. He just loves to see the lay of the land in map form. I was wanting to change out a piece of artwork in our bedroom and I knew our recent map souvenirs from spring break would be perfect. See how this Map Wall Art came together below.

Thrifty Style Team
All of my thrifty blogger friends are sharing their posts today, too. Find their posts at the bottom of my tutorial.
The Thrifty Style Team is made up of:

Map Decor

DIY Map Wall Art

These are just a couple of the maps I grabbed at the cutest shop in Chicago on spring break. They were only $5 each and make great art pieces...my husband was super excited about them, too. I thought the Paris and London maps would make great map wall art in our bedroom (the ones I bought of the Chicago Transit lines didn't seem very boudoir-ish), but I have no doubt I'll find a spot for them.

POSH Chicago
This is not a sponsored post, I just LOVE this shop, y'all! In case you're ever there, P.O.S.H. in Chicago is a collector's dream. I'm such a dish junkie and they definitely are the bee's knees for that weakness. But, I also found loads of other goodies...like my maps. At five bucks a pop, you can't go wrong. They're fun reproductions of old-style travel maps. And I just love the kitchsy flair of some good map wall art.

Vintage Maps

How to Hang DIY Map Wall Art:

Aren't these vintage-y maps the most fun? I'll be honest, I'm seriously kicking myself for not purchasing the kit that was right next to the bin these were in to make hanging easier. I kind of had to make do with my own little method. But, I'm really happy with how this turned out and plan to use it again...maybe on a smaller scale to hang printables. 

Map Art Supplies

Supplies for Map Wall Art:

  • wooden dowel rods (cut these to two inches longer than the top side of your map...you'll need two dowel rods per map)
  • hot glue gun and hot glue
  • jute twine (I tried to use Baker's Twine and it looked puny...just go with jute)
  • maps (Honestly, y'all, if you're using genuine vintage maps, this may not be the method for you...since mine were inexpensive, this was a good fit. But hot glue is applied to the actual map border, so keep that in mind when selecting your maps.)

Hanging on Dowel Rods


    Instructions for How to Hang Map Wall Art:

    • Apply a long line of hot glue to the top edge of your map (work quickly...you'll need to apply it all at once and have it remain hot enough to adhere your dowel once all glue is applied).
    • Lay your dowel rod onto your hot glue line, having one inch hang off the map on each side. Allow to dry. I kind of picked up my map to make sure there weren't any gaps. I ran some discreet dabs of hot glue where there was a gap or two.
    • Repeat the process on the bottom of the map with another dowel rod. 

    How to Hang Maps

    • Attach your jute twine to the top dowel rod.
    • I simply used a small knot on each side.
    • Be a bit cautious with how much twine you use...it's easy to get carried away and have a really long hanging piece.
    • Hang your maps! I used a decorative nail since it would show. 

    Bedroom Decor
    I'm seriously dreaming of London and Paris now...every time I walk by these beauties. I think they look nice so close to my draperies, too...the patterns seem to do well with one another. These drapes are actually reversible. I shared my tutorial for them here. 

    Linden Clock
    My antique Linden clock from my late Aunt Margaret and my Waterford bud vase (with sweet lil' roses) from my husband round out this little vignette. I tried to keep it simple since the maps and drapes both have busier patterns. For a more in-depth look at this room, see my fall tour of it here.

    Simple Wall Art
    Be sure to check out all of my friends' thrifty ideas below.







    9 comments:

    1. What a great price for those maps Kristi! I love how you turned them into wall art! Super cute pic of you too xx

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    2. Those are the cutest maps ever! And for such an amazing price. What a great project Kristi! Pinning!

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    3. I love what you did with those maps Kristi! It gives that corner of your home a nice French country vibe!

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    4. I've been in that shop. Love what you did with your maps! Such a great idea.

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    5. Love that you hung them on dowels. Nicely done.

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    6. What a cute idea! Even though Geography is not really my thing (least favorite subject on Jeopardy!), I love maps as decor. I look forward to doing this project!

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    7. I love this idea so much! We travel blog and worldschool, so maps are a huge favorite of ours, but I am never sure what to do with my favorites. This will be so cute in our play room!

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