Best way to adhere old map

by Julie
I would like to decoupage an old map onto a table. I tried it once before but it started to bubble after about 6 months. I used high tack spray adhesive on the back of the map. When i thought I had all the bubbles out, I over coated it with a polycrylic. Any suggestions on how to do it better so it lasts longer without bubbling?
  10 answers
  • Darla Darla on Mar 15, 2015
    Use Modge-Podge or thinned matte medium.
  • Julie Julie on Mar 15, 2015
    Any suggestions for modge podge? I heard that it isn't an easy medium to work with...
    • Renee Seeling Renee Seeling on Mar 15, 2015
      @Julie It is pretty easy to use. Just be sure your surface is clean and smooth before you start. Apply the Mod Podge to the surface with a brush...I use the foam brushes...they seem to leave less brush strokes. Lay the item you want to adhere on the wet Mod Podge and slide over it with a credit card or some other item that has a firm edge....a plastic spackle knife would work too. Be sure you get all the bubbles out and then apply a second coat of Mod Podge over the paper. I tried using a wall paper roller does not quite get all the bubbles out. I like to take a damp cloth and wipe over it when I am done. If I do not, then I sometimes get a "film" over my project....the dried Mod Podge can leave a film.
  • Karen Karen on Mar 15, 2015
    Modge podge. Apply the Modge podge to the table first, smooth out the map and let it dry, then apply the top coat of the modge podge, it's my experience you will get little or not bubbling.
  • Denise Hardy Denise Hardy on Mar 16, 2015
    Hi have you tried using 'cling film'? I've seen this being used on You Tube under 'decorating furniture with decoupage'. A lady was painting a white table and cutting out flowers from table napkins & that is what she was using! You could perhaps give that a go? 😀
  • Amy Petracek Amy Petracek on Mar 16, 2015
    I agree, use Mod Podge. It really is easy to work with. Look it up on Youtube to get some idea of how it works. Youtube is a great teacher. :) Best of luck!
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    • Amy Petracek Amy Petracek on Apr 10, 2015
      @Julie did you use a reg. paint brush or a foam one. I always use foam ones and if you are getting ripples you could do light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper before you apply the top coat. Hope that helps. :)
  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Mar 16, 2015
    I have also tried lots of different products and have yet to find the perfect one. I find that with Modge Podge, unless you are using small pieces of paper, bubbles and ripples do occur-especially with the top coat- and that drives me crazy! This might help- Dede from Designed Decor just blogged about the different mediums to use when decoupaging with pretty much any material: I just got the Wunda Size and am going to give that a try. Will let you know!
  • Julie Julie on Apr 05, 2015
    Does anyone else have any suggestions for applying old maps to a wooden surface? or am I destined to have ripples and bubbles and not a long lasting smooth surface?
  • Mary Zellers Mary Zellers on Apr 11, 2015
    Julie, you have to wet your map and let the fibers in it relax before Mod Podging it to your table. You will always get bubbles if you try to decoupage with dry paper.
    • Julie Julie on Apr 11, 2015
      @Mary Zellers If it is a fairly thin map-how long do you recommend I let the fibers relax? How wet am I getting the map? Thanks!
  • Mary Zellers Mary Zellers on Apr 12, 2015
    @Julie, you don't have to soak it, though I've known people who actually lay their paper in a tray of water before decoupaging. Just spritz it with water from a spray bottle until there are no longer any dry spots. By the time you cover your table surface with Mod Podge, it should be ready to go.
  • Nancy Nancy on Sep 06, 2015
    I use a "smoothing tool'', meant for wallpaper, bought for less than $2. Modgepodge. No need to soak paper, etc. Let dry thoroughly before sealing. Works GREAT!