The Amazing Art of Decorating with Maps
A map can be an excellent tool when you’re trying to get from one place to another but have you ever considered using maps to decorate your home? An antique map can add a touch of history, intrigue, and beauty to an otherwise unremarkable room. If you happen to be a map collector, you probably already have all the maps you need for elegant home décor. (although be sure you’re not decorating with valuable ones). If not, maps can be picked up inexpensively at garage and yard sales. Here’s how to transform your home with the beauty and intrigue of maps:
Frame your maps
You can frame your maps in interesting frames as is. If you’re displaying travel maps, you can also include a vacation photo on top of the map. This will personalize it and bring back pleasant memories of vacation travel. It’s easy to find interesting frames to hold your maps at estate and garage sales. Plus, it can be exciting getting up early on Saturday morning to go look for unique frames and maps.
Create map pillows
You can purchase transfer paper at your local computer supply or craft store to transfer images onto fabric. Why not use this special paper to transfer images of old maps onto ordinary pillows? Simply scan the maps into a photo editing program and resize them appropriately. Print out the transfer and iron or press the map image onto the pillow with heat. These pillows look stylish when displayed on casual couches in a den or in a sunroom.
Line a drawer
Use interesting travel maps to line your desk drawers. You’ll be reminded of your vacation every time you reach for a pencil. You can also use maps to cover ordinary tin cans turning them into travel pencil and pen holders.
Make fans out of your maps
It’s easy to create a fan out of a map. Simply a portion of your map to heavier card stock, make your pleats and use adhesive to secure the point of your fan. These can be displayed almost anywhere in your home. They look great as compliments to map pillows.
Make map place mats
Collect your favorite maps and cut them to appropriate size for a place mat. Have them laminated at your local office supply store and use them to decorate your table. These make great table décor for a home travel party.
Old maps can make almost any room of your house more interesting and they’re fun to collect and display. You’ll never run out of ways to use these intriguing bits of travel history.