Map Out Your Journey To Fun Decor

Maps are very trendy right now. In fact, they have been for the last year. They are being used everywhere in decor. The best part is that it is a very inexpensive way to decorate. You can easily turn a map into a work of art or use it as a family keepsake to remember a favorite vacation or trip.

There are so many great ideas on using maps in crafts and decor.  Check out Pinterest! It never ceases to amaze me to see the amount of unique ideas out there.

Look at these examples from Elle Decor on how to use maps in your home.

The following map ideas from Apartment Therapy are packed with great ideas.

I love the maps in this nursery. So cute for a boy’s room.

Maps aren’t just for walls…

This is my favorite. I love the collage of maps.

On to My House

Earlier this year, I began redecorating my son’s room. He loves anything army! I just did not want a room full of green camo, so we compromised and we did blue camo. Which worked out because his furniture is navy blue and pine.

Blue Camo Boys Bedroom

One problem we faced was that any Army decor is green, not blue. I decided to do a collage wall above his bed, so that I could incorporate some other types of decor. I found some great metal signs, box shelves and peg board. By the way, the navy shelves are from Target. Only $15.49 for a set of three! They were white and I spray painted them navy.

boys bedroom gallery wall

I decided the wall needed a map! I began looking for something that would say, “I’m the map you need.” I had seen similar pieces of this wooden artwork of the United States at several different stores and online. This particular one is found at Design Turnpike. They do lots of different things with license plates.

I knew it would be so cool in my son’s room, but I wanted something a little different. He already had the square box shelves and rectangle metal signs on his wall and I just really didn’t want such a large, chunky piece of art.

As luck would have it, I found a poster version of the same license plate map at Hobby Lobby. The posters happened to be 50% off that day, so yeah! Hobby Lobby is a great place to shop for home decor. They run exceptional sales each week. Just about everything in the store will be 50% off at some point.

Remember how I said I wanted something different…I didn’t want to just hang a poster…I decided to get a little creative.

I purchased a foam board and glued the poster onto it using craft glue.  (You could also use spray adhesive. Just be careful putting it on, so that there are no bubbles or creases.)

Once the poster was smooth and firmly attached, I took an exacto knife and cut through the poster board, along the outline of the continental United States. (Sorry, Alaska and Hawaii!)

I hung it on the wall using the same velcro 3M Command Strips picture hanging strips that I used in this post. They are awesome.

It looks so cool! It’s not just a rectangular flat poster. It has a unique outline and a 3 dimensional effect, which helps to give the collage wall a varied look.

map art

Using maps is a fun, inexpensive way to bring some unique decor into your home. They can be used to commemorate a special event that took place in your life. Perhaps the location of where you were married or where your child was born. I’ve used this map to simply bring something fun and colorful into my son’s room. Use them anyway you want.

At least you will never get lost…

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  1. That is so cool! I’ll have to see his room next time I’ve over! Good job Leslie!

  2. Home Decor DIY Craft says:

    Beautiful map wall art collection. I love yours! I would like to invite you to show off your work at Fine Craft Guild, at Time for a party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/
    Thank you in advance for joining in!
    Rose

    • Rose,
      Thanks for the invite to your party. Now, I wanted to invite you to join my new linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow. It’s every Tuesday. Any of your home related crafts, tutorials, DIYs, etc would be a great addition! Hope you can stop by!
      Thanks,
      Leslie

  3. designturnpike says:

    Wow, turned out great! Thanks for featuring my work ;)

  4. Awesome idea. I have wanted one of these for my grandson Ozzie’s room but couldn’t pay the price. Can’t wait to see if I can find the poster.

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