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Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 | 1 comment

Framing Travel Photos with Upcycled Maps

Framing Travel Photos with Upcycled Maps

Among my “upcycle” supplies, I’ve hung onto various maps and atlases Katie and I picked up on freecycle when we made this woven basket from folded maps.  I’m glad I still had a few to make a decoupage frame highlighting the North Carolina beach we’ve visited for many years.


I started with a couple of cheap frames from A.C. Moore ($3 each). Luckily, I found many maps showing the same coastline. I figured out where best to position the location on the frame and then cut out the image leaving about an inch margin all around.


Then, I used a small paint brush to apply mod podge to the frame and underside of the map. I folded the edges around the sides and smoothed them down as I went. I also cut the paper at an angle in the corners so the corner folds would look nice and neat.


I put sections featuring the region all around the perimeter of the frame. After applying mod podge liberally over the entire frame, the vintage maps took on a nice patina and added some nostalgia.


I’m sending the frame as a thank you gift to my friend’s Sara’s parents who own the house and live year-round in the Midwest. The children in the photo are their two grandchildren, Liam and Belle.


I even found a few more maps showing the same coastline and towns, so I can make another map frame for Sara. This project might also work well for couples so show where they met, wed, honeymooned, that kind of thing. It’s a fun, easy craft that commemorates in a lovely way the places we hold dear.

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  1. Came over from RoadKill Rescues – what a great idea. TYFS.

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