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Vintage Style Hanging Map

Maps are a fun solution for adding art to your walls because they’re graphic, colorful and can have a lot of sentimental value. Plus they’re educational!! You can hang maps really in any room of your home: a kid’s bedroom, an office, family room or entryway. They can be for fun, a way to document travel experiences, a little inspiration, or as a learning tool.
To create your own vintage-style hanging map you’ll need the following materials:
• An oversized map – I bought my map at a Staples store for $8.99. Or you could order it online here from All Posters. I love the large size – 50″ x 32″ and it’s colorful without being too childish.
• White poster board, enough pieces to use as backing. I used 3 pieces of 20″ x 30″ poster board.
• Two wood pieces, 1″ x 2″, and the length of each should be 3″ longer than the length of your map – I had our home improvement store cut the pieces down for me.
• Two eye bolts
• Twine
• Wood stain
• Super 77 spray adhesive, hot glue, drill, pencil, ruler or tape measure, and duct tape
First, since I bought this map rolled, I needed to unroll it and flatten it out a bit. I just placed it on my dining room table and put heavy magazines and books on top. It flattened out pretty quickly and easily.
Next, I added a backing to the map to make it more sturdy and durable. I found the best option was to buy 3 sheets of white poster board, tape them together with white duct tape so they were large enough to fit the map. I liked the poster board because it wasn’t too thick and the map still looks like it’s on paper. Once the poster board was taped together, I used a spray adhesive to attach the map to the poster boards. Then I trimmed off any excess poster board, leaving a little extra at the top and bottom for attaching the wood pieces.
Next, stain the pieces of wood your desired color. I used a pecan stain I had left over from a previous project. Let them dry completely.
Using your hot glue, attach the wood pieces to the map – one on the top and one on the bottom. I loved the border on my map and wanted it to show so I kept the wood just off the border design. I also left a little over 1″ of the wood longer on each edge of the map. This adds to the vintage hanging style.
Now you’ll need to attach the eye bolts into the top of the map for hanging – one on each end. I used my drill to start a hole and then screwed the eye bolts each in by hand. I used pliers towards the end to secure tightly.
Tie your twine into each eyelet and hang!
I love the fact that this piece has such a strong presence in the room. And it cost under $15 – bonus!
I love the fact that this piece has such a strong presence in the room. And it cost under $15 – bonus!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Large map of U.S.   (Staples)
  • White poster board   (Staples)
  • Wood pieces   (Home Depot)
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  • Sue Streeter
    Sue Streeter Cape Coral, FL
    on Dec 5, 2016

    I did mine with fabric attached to foam board and was able to add the pins I collected as we traveled around the country in our RV for nine years. Picture to follow at some point.

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Dec 5, 2016

    LOVE this idea! I made something similar with a vintage map I stumbled over as a gift for one of my friends. I just love maps of any kind - maybe I will make one for myself - if I could find a place to hang it! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Dec 5, 2016

    great idea!! i have a roll of map paper, and i might try

  • Lori Greco
    Lori Greco Franklin, MA
    on Dec 5, 2016

    Love that idea!!

  • Jeannie Carle
    Jeannie Carle Parnell, MO
    on Dec 6, 2016

    LOVE this - I've been in most of the states and would love to have this up with a pin in the ones I've been in :-)

    • Sue Streeter
      Sue Streeter Cape Coral, FL
      on Dec 7, 2016

      We have been in every state except Alaska - even into Canada every tourist place we went I bought a $3.00 or so pin now they are on the map. The first five years I did not buy pins, so some state are pretty bare but I have pictures I intend to mount and put in those states.

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