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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!

13 Responses

  1. Yolanda says:

    Very nice use on the chairs.

  2. Lori says:

    Love the chairs!

  3. cucumberHOH says:

    The chairs & nursery wall were nice & have seen chairs like that done before . Some pro years ago used coffee to stain an old map for the glass table vintage map look. It looked nice.

  4. lis says:

    chairs. great idea, i'm going to make valentines out of the vintage ones w/some tulle i have! thanks for the idea.

  5. Carol says:

    I have a lot of old maps that I have been saving for years…..waiting for the right wall in a family room to paper with them. You have now given me some new ideas to use them. Thanks!

  6. Ann says:

    I've used vintage aeronautical maps decoupaged on traditional travel spoon racks. Have lived many places in the United States and the maps used correspond to the various cities that I called home at one time or another. And the spoons reflect the many, many places I've visited and lived.


    Hi Awesome Ideas love it so much, xoxo

  8. candi says:

    Being a Texan…….I took an old map of the Great State and singed the edges before using it under the glass top on our large coffee table in the family room!
    I occasionally add an old postcard or rodeo tickets too! Not living in Texas now, it is a like little bit of home.

    • Linda says:

      Use the maps to cover 3 bricks or concrete blocks and stack them to hold shelves, making a bookcase. Very nice. Conversation piece.

  9. DIYattic says:

    The chairs are great…but the fractured map in the frames! Now i have the perfect way to use my torn map of my best trip to Italy…you think the spilled wine stains will add character?…LOL. Great idea

  10. Janet says:

    I used old maps to make folded ornaments for the Campers who worked with me at Amazon. They enjoyed the small size for their RVs.

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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