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DIYs for the World Traveler

Whether you enjoy reflecting on past road trips or planning exotic getaways, maps make the perfect decorative item for any traveler. I love the idea of transforming old paper maps into instant artwork or decorum. With that in mind, I’ve gathered my favorite step-by-step DIY projects inspired by vintage maps. Keep reading to see how you can inject a feeling of wanderlust into your life with these quick DIYs!


  • Hand-Stitched Map 1 of 9
    Hand-Stitched Map
    Map out the route you took that time you backpacked Europe with this quick DIY.
    See it here at Martha Stewart
  • Road Map Cork Board 2 of 9
    Road Map Cork Board
    These cork boards recycled from old road maps would look perfect in an office on in a child's bedroom.
    See it here at Design Sponge
  • Recycled Map Artwork 3 of 9
    Recycled Map Artwork
    This is the perfect solution to decorating on a budget! Convert a large thrifted map into a piece of art worthy of your home.
    See it here at A Little Birdie Secrets
  • Map Lamp 4 of 9
    Map Lamp
    Transform a dull lamp into a piece of art with this quick DIY.
    See it here at Chez Larsson
  • Magnetic Map Board 5 of 9
    Magnetic Map Board
    All you need to create this design-friendly piece is a magnetic board, vintage maps, and decoupage.
    See it here at Apartment Therapy
  • Puzzle Piece Magnets 6 of 9
    Puzzle Piece Magnets
    I'm itching to try this project with an old map of the U.S. It's a great way to teach your kids the states.
    See it here at Natalme
  • Traveler’s Stationary 7 of 9
    Traveler's Stationary
    Lest they sit obsolete, recycle your old travel maps into this brilliant stationary.
    See it here at Design Sponge
  • Map Coasters 8 of 9
    Map Coasters
    These clever cup coasters are a cartographer's dream!
    See it here at Three Sisterz
  • Traveler’s Keychain 9 of 9
    Traveler's Keychain
    Now you can remind everyone that your heart's still in Brooklyn with this wood block keychain.
    See it here at Sarah Ortega

 

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