23 Travel Inspired DIY Projects, #8 Will Fuel Your Wanderlust.

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You might find yourself completely reliant on Google Maps now, but just a couple of short decades ago, people had to use actual maps to figure out where they were going. Anyone over the age of 20 might find this hard to believe, but it's true: Siri couldn't help you get anywhere in 1993, because Siri didn't even exist.

Now that fewer and fewer people are using paper maps to find their way, it's no surprise that an abundance of old maps are probably stacked up around people's houses or in thrift stores. Collectors can even purchase maps online for cheap prices. And, if you're crafty, you can use them to upcycle a lot of your household items.

Below, we've put together a list of 23 DIY map projects that will instantly upgrade your decoration game. Check out these cool ideas and start plotting out your route to DIY awesomeness.


DIY a bracelet from strips of a paper map.

Transform the seat of a wooden chair with a precisely cut map.

Turn your kicks into a map of the world.

Decoupage an old map onto a planter.

Fashion some DIY vintage map candle holders.

Use an old tray or plate and update it with a cool map.

Turn an old window frame into an interesting map for your wall.

Frame your pictures with DIY'd maps of the world.

Cover storage bins with vintage maps.

DIY Home Decor Wall Art

Decoupage a vintage map onto your wall.

DIY a lampshade with a vintage map of your choice.

Create some awesome DIY map magnets.

Use a map to update the top of a thrifted table.

Wrap your recycling containers or storage bins in old maps.

Create a few birdhouses with maps of the world.

Use maps to create some interesting decorations for your next event.

Turn old maps into awesome stationary.

Upgrade your TV trays with a colorful map.

Upcycle a wine bottle by wrapping it with a map and turning it into a lamp.

Turn an old map into an incredible art project.

Use Mod Podge to cover mason jars with old maps and turn them into candle holders.