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!
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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!
Have a place close to your heart? Keep it closer by making a DIY necklace out of it.
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.
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.
Spruce up your home by decorating with old maps. This little map table will look absolutely amazing in your bedroom.
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.
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.
Give your wooden tray a makeover with a little spray paint and a cut-out old 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.
Make your DIY map desk the only thing you need to go to where you’re going.
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.
This DIY travel tape is another really cool project using old maps. Take your regular tape to a whole new level.
Make a statement with this really cool idea on how to revamp your dresser.
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!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 19, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.