Easy Map Table Mats

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Do you have some tired table mats that have seen better days or just fancy a change. ? I show you how easy it is to update them with maps of your favourite cities. As well as looking awesome these map table mats also really spark conversation round the dinner table.
I love upcycling with maps and keep maps from all my travels and have used them in several crafts like my very popular map chairs Click here to see them
All you need is some old table mats or even cork tiles. Maps of your favourite cities, If you don't have a collection of maps if you click onto by blog below there are some links where you can download and print off some amazing vintage maps of cities.
1. Prime your mats with a diluted glue solution first.

2. Cut your maps to size.

3. Apply decoupage glue to both the mat and map.
4. Carefully stick your map to the top of your table mat. Use a ruler or rolling pin to squeeze out any air bubbles.
5. Leave to dry while weighted down.

6. Apply at least 2 coats of waterproof and heat resistant varnish, letting it dry in between coats.
I told you it was easy !
I used Maps of some of my favourite European cities; London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm and Budapest.
Another great use for maps is to use them to upcycle vintage suitcases with click here to see my gorgeous map suitcase

What are your favourite Cities ?
Suggested materials:
  • Old table mats
  • City Maps   (Click on my blog for download links)
  • Decoupage glue
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Shelley Marshall Shelley Marshall on May 08, 2016
    Table place mats with maps, what kind of place mats do you need? I'm so excited to do this. Will cloth ones work?

  • Debra Ridley Hurst Debra Ridley Hurst on May 10, 2016
    I love the plates!! Where did you find them?

  • June Spaulding June Spaulding on May 14, 2016
    Will the cork do anything to the finish on a wood table when left on the table?

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