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I remember my dad tucking fold-up maps and road atlases in the car before road trips when I was a kid. These days, in-dash navigational systems are becoming standard and smartphones can call up directions with a few finger taps and swipes. Paper maps may be falling out of favor when it comes to travel, but they’re hotter than ever in the home. Take a look at these cool vintage map crafts and get ready to raid your car’s backseat pockets and glove compartments for supplies!

Like these chairs? See 4 more cool map crafts you can make on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Plain wooden chairs for little explorers are a lot more appealing after a decoupage map makeover! Follow Brian Patrick Flynn’s tutorial and jazz up your kids’ bedrooms or playrooms on the cheap.

Learn how to make this backsplash and 4 more map crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Even if you never leave the house, this global-style kitchen backsplash will make you feel like you’ve gone on an adventure. Check out the step-by-step instructions on our sister site, DIYNetwork.com.

Like these decorative drawer knobs? See 4 more cool map crafts you can make on HGTV's Design Happens blog...Don’t want to revamp a whole dresser? Just decorate the drawer pulls! These decoupaged beauties (and the deets on how to make them) come courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

 

Like this map art? See how to make this and 4 more map crafts on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

If you’ve got a whole wall to cover, try this fancy frame job from Brian Patrick Flynn. Installing these galleries in your kids’ room may cultivate their wanderlust…or just help them score better on geography tests.

 

Create wall art and 4 other cool crafts with maps! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

For a sophisticated, grown-up take, go with this fractured map look also from Brian Patrick Flynn. The more subtle colors of this map suit this stairway, but the craft would be a wonderful accent practically anywhere you’ve got a bare wall.

Which map craft made you want to hit the open road (and head to your craft supply store)? And do you have any interesting uses for vintage maps? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. sarah says:

    I love the chairs! Today we shared a map-stitching tutorial. Check it out if you'd like http://liveseasoned.com/map-stitching-tutorial-2/

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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