I love maps, so I’ve been compiling map projects
1. Map on a roller shade, like in Elementary School
Idea from Trading Spaces: Room by Hildi (with Paris photo on roller shade), and in Trading Spaces: $100 to $1000 Makeovers
2. Nautical Chart as wrapping paper
Buy it at your local marine goods store. It looks beautiful with brown raffia ribbon
3. Map lampshade
Inspired by Land of Nod buoy lamp
4. Map bedspread
Made with this fabric from Hancocks of Paducah, which is unfortunately not availble now.
5. Laminated map with tacks to track your travels.
I could spend hours in the Rand McNally store…
6. Map decoupaged furniture: chest of drawers, tabletop, bookshelf
I saw this somewhere, perhaps in a book? I can’t remember now…
7. Laminated Map placemats
8. Giant wall mural, hand painted or wallpapered on
9. I love illuminated globes, although this isn’t a craft project (but I suppose you could make one if you wanted), I still think it is a good design element that would look great in any home. I am in the market for one of the large sturdy versions, since The Dog knocked over and broke the simple version I bought from a nice gentleman on Craig’s List.
Bonus Map Inspiration:
The latest J.Crew catalog has a vintage travel theme with lots of beautiful layouts with worn atlases, weathered suitcases, maps and globes. Quickly browsing through their website I didn’t see any of those photos, but if you can still get the catalog it’s very well designed. I don’t normally buy their clothes unless it is on sale, or at the outlets, but I really did love the layouts…
Good Book about Maps:
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime by Miles Harvey
Provides some insight into map collecting, and the story of a man who stole maps to sell by cutting them out of antique books at libraries across the country.
New Project added here on March 3rd.
Added 5/26/07: Map Projects are in the latest version of Martha Stewart Living. or here.
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