Seven Ways to Decorate Your Home With Maps

Although it might sound unconventional, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to decorate your home with maps. As well as making your house look more interesting, they can be more affordable than alternative means of decorating. The following seven ideas focus on finding unique and personal approaches to using maps to liven up every room.

  1. Use them to wrap boxes

(Map Boxes from www.DIYCandy.com)

(Map Boxes from www.DIYCandy.com)

There are many different ways to use maps to wrap containers. For example, you can make a plain laundry basket look great by wrapping the exterior with a colorful map of the world, or you can cover a box of holiday souvenirs in a map of your destination. As a side note, don’t forget that you can also use maps to wrap birthday or anniversary gifts.

  1. Decorate an old lamp

(Map Lampshade from www.DIYcandy.com)

(Map Lampshade from www.DIYcandy.com)

Instead of throwing away an old lamp that has seen better days, try using maps to liven it up. You might use bright maps featuring animals or landmarks if you’re decorating a lamp in your son or daughter’s room, or you could use a vintage map of your state to revamp a living room lamp.

  1. Create art

(Map Art from www.DIYcandy.com)

(Map Art from www.DIYcandy.com)

Maps have limitless potential when it comes to homemade art. If you’re in a romantic mood, you might cut out two map hearts showing the places where you and your spouse were born. Meanwhile, you can also use maps to create a wonderful framed collage of the places you’ve visited in your lifetime. Be as creative as you like!

  1. Line your drawers

(Map Drawers from Homemade Handmade)

(Map Drawers from Homemade Handmade)

You can make the insides of plain drawers look much nicer if you add a map lining. Once again, you can tailor the maps to suit the room, choosing something like a theme park map for a child’s sock drawer and perhaps a map of a favorite destination for your own clothing drawers.

  1. Make magnets

(Map Magnets from www.DIYcandy.com)

(Map Magnets from www.DIYcandy.com)

With an affordable set of plastic magnets that allow you to insert an image, you can make map magnets that remind you of all your favorite places. Whether you make magnets of cities where you’ve had significant experiences with your family, magnets that remind you of the places you grew up or something else entirely, these fridge decorations make excellent kitchen decorations.

  1. Cover the wall

(Map Wall from DIY Network)

(Map Wall from DIY Network)

If you get a map large enough, you can even use it as wallpaper for one side of a room. This can be a good choice in a child’s den, a cozy study or an unconventional kitchen area. A map of the world is an obvious choice due to the size, but you may have a better idea

  1. Display a piece of history

(Historic Map Display from Houzz)

(Historic Map Display from Houzz)

If you’re a map collector with an impressive array of old maps, you can preserve them in frames and turn them into classy pieces of art. These framed maps will instantly add class to a room, and they are a great conversation piece at dinner parties.

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