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How to Recycle a Map Three Ways

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Like pay phones, paper maps are pretty much a thing of the past, but they are perfect for recycling. Today I will show you how to Recycle a Map Three Ways – into a set of coasters, a gift bag, and a family canvas.

I have been upcycling and recycling since I was young.  I find the challenge of re-purposing something that someone else would throw away to be extremely exciting!  What will that map become?  Follow along with me today and spark your creativity.

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Recycle a Map into Three Home Decor Projects

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

This week I am co-hosting Creative Crafts – Recycled Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Me and My Inklings and Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama. Featuring recycled craft projects each day this week from some of the most talented designers we know. Check out my tutorial, then scroll to the bottom to see all the creativity, AND stop back each day this week to what we recycle!

Team Creative Crafts with Creatively Beth Laura Kelly Designs Artsy Fartsy Mama #teamcreativecrafts #creativelybeth #artsyfartsymama #laurakellydesigns

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Recycle a Map Three Ways: Family Canvas

Let's start with a vintage map of your town and an 8″ by 10″ canvas.  My canvas is from my stash and was stretched out, so I wasn’t sure if it was salvageable.  Decoupage the map onto the canvas with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue using the broad tip.  The paper might get quite wrinkly, but once dry the paper (and the canvas) will be tight and flat! MONO Aqua is my go-to adhesive for decoupage projects!

Decoupage map to artists canvas with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Draw the outline of a house on plain computer paper with Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil, cut the outline with a craft knife, and then trace onto white cardstock 7″ by 9″.  Cut out the house image again with a craft knife.

Cut a house shape from white cardstock and attach to map covered canvas with foam tape Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Pencil in some guidelines and sketch in your family’s last name and the year it was established.  Ink in the lettering with the fine tip of the Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Pen. The MONOTWIN has a larger bullet tip and an extra-fine tip, so it's like two pens in one!

Hand letter family's last name and year established on the bottom of the canvas with black pen Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Cut four sections of Tombow Foam Tape with scissors and apply onto the back of the cardstock, peel the liner paper, and apply a section layer of Foam Tape.  Peel the liner paper and apply it to the canvas.

Attach house cut out to recycle map covered canvas with foam tape Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Color in a section of scrap cardstock with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #856 and punch out a small heart.  Apply a double layer of Tombow Foam Tape and attach it to the map at your family’s home address.

Color a scrap of paper red, punch out a heart and attach to map canvas where you live Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Here is a close-up of the finished Recycled Map Family Canvas!

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Recycled Map: Coasters

The second project is how to recycle a map three ways, let's create a coaster set with some 4″ by 4″ white ceramic tiles that were leftovers from a bathroom project.  Rough cut sections of the map that are slightly larger than the tile with scissors.  Tear the edges of the map.  Apply a layer of Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue and then decoupage the map onto the tile.  Burnish with your finger to smooth out any wrinkles or folds.

Cut sections of map and decoupage to white ceramic tiles with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Embellish coasters with travel-related words hand-lettered with the Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Soft Tip.  I looked up “journey” in the Thesaurus to select my words.

Hand letter travel words onto map covered coasted with Fudenosuke Brush Pen Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

To make the coasters waterproof apply a layer of Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to the top, smooth gently with your finger, and let dry.  Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Seal and make water resistent with another layer of MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

And a final photo of the Recycled Map Coasters!

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Recycle a Map Three Ways: Gift Bag

The third project I'm sharing with you today is a quick and easy gift bag created with the leftover sections of our vintage paper map.  On plain paper, I drew a simple template with my MONO Drawing Pencil that has a 4″ by 4″ front and back with a 3″ by 4″ bottom and sides.  And tabs on the sides that are 1/2″ wide.

Create a gift bag template and trace onto recycle maps Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Apply the template onto the map using Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive. Trace around the edges of the template with Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil. I cut out using a craft knife but you can also use scissors.

Attach pattern to map with Tombow MONO Removeable Adhesive Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Fold and score all edges.  Apply Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the four tabs, rolling to apply, then swiping to the side for a clean application.

Attach map to gift bag template with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Fold in tabs, lining up with the edge of the gift bag, and then burnish from the inside to secure. The Xtreme Adhesive is five times stronger than traditional tape runners, it's like having red-line tape in a runner!

Build gift bag by attaching tabs to base with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Cut two 8″ lengths of grosgrain ribbon and attach it to the inside of the gift bag with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.

Attach ribbon handles to map with Tombow Xtreme Tabs Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Here is a close-up of the Recycled Map Gift Bag!

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Quick and Easy Recycled Map Crafts

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial How to Recycle a Map Three Ways!  They were all quick and easy to put together in just an afternoon. All three projects would make excellent housewarming or hostess gifts, as well. If you don't have any vintage maps, use a new Map or Atlas.

Recycle a Map Three Ways a canvas, coasters and a gift bag Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upcycled #recycled #crafts #maps

Now it's time for some INSPIRATION!

Below are even more upcycled and recycled projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends who are participating in the Team Creative Crafts – RECYCLED Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness AND thank you for joining us this week for all the super cool projects!

Laura from Me and My Inklings is our host this week and she has upcycled a Pillow for Father's Day which is SUPER CUTE!

Katie with A sweet Berry Designs made a Gratitude Jar from a Recycled Icing Container and her lettering is fabulous!

Smitha blogs over at Smiling Colors and has created Decorative Letters from Recycled Magazines very upscale!

Dru blogs with her daughters at Polka Dot Poplars and created gorgeous Upcycled Bottle Vases

Laura with Laura's Crafty Life has made a simple but elegant Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly

Michelle with Michelle's Party Plan-it created fun Magnets from Recycled Straws – brilliant idea!

Beth with The Ruffled Daisy created the sweetest Recycled Wine Bottle Unicorn

Jenny from Jenny's Crayon Collection Upcycled Art Supply Storage

Sharing is Caring! If you LOVE it, Please PIN it!

Too busy to make these Recycled Map Crafts right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

Today is day four! Thanks for joining me this week for all the fabulous inspiration. Check out the Day One Projects, the Day Two Projects, and the Day Three Projects! And for the round-up of 31 of the BEST Recycled Crafts and Upcycled Inspiration click the link and save the pin!

A collage of the 31 of the best recycled and upcycled crafts Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #roundup
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40 thoughts on “How to Recycle a Map Three Ways

  • It was so exciting to see all the recycled craft ideas that you, Meg, Laura and all the other bloggers shared this week! Thank you!

    • Thanks Caitlin – It was a FUN blog hop!

  • Wow! Lots of inspiration here! I really like the coasters you made – but the canvas is definitely my favorite!

    • Thanks Susie! And they were all super easy to create! 🙂

    • Thanks for the invite, Karin! Links shared 🙂

  • I love projects with maps and you’ve got some great ones here. Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks Chas! 🙂

  • All three of these would be perfect for a housewarming gift! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

    • Thank you very much, Ann! 🙂

  • I love what you have done here, Beth! My family and I love to travel, so maps hold a special place in our hearts. I can see so much potential for gifts here, as well as thoughtful, personal decorating in our homes. Thank you for sharing your 3 lovely map projects at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, and I hope you have a lovely week.

    • Thank you very much, April! The map canvas makes a great housewarming present as well!

  • Visiting from the link party at April J. Harris. I love the idea of reusing maps and am pinning this for some winter crafting. Great ideas! Thank you.

    • Thanks, Jolena! Super easy map crafts as well!

  • I love these map crafts — especially the home one! They are all so clever. I want to go out and make them NOW!

    I will be featuring this at our Party in Your PJs link party that starts at 7 p.m. tonight on my Grandma Ideas site.

    Thanks so much for participating in our link party and for sharing your awesome ideas!!

    • Thank you for the feature, Nina! 🙂

  • 3 wonderful ideas! I feel like we go through coasters like crazy in our house, this is a great option!

    • Thanks, Sarah! And they are super easy to make!

  • Such clever ways to use old maps Beth…. and we all have them!
    Thank you for sharing your recycled maps project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tonight’s party and pinning too.

    • Thanks for the feature, Kerryanne!

  • I absolutely love the framed map idea! So cute and clever! Might have to borrow that one! XO

    • Thanks, Christy! Super easy to create at home!

  • I love maps and these ideas are so cute. I found you at Grandma’s House.

    • Thank you, Amy! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  • Thank you, Amy! Can’t wait to see what you create!

    • Thank you Anna!
      Have a great week!

    • YES! Makes the perfect weeding gift as well, Sue!

  • Beth, these are such cute ideas–pinned! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    • Thanks for hosting a fabulous linky party Cecilia!

  • This is so great! I love maps and map projects. I’m featuring this at the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop tonight. 🙂

    • YAY, Pam!! Thank you for the feature! I will stop by and take a look!

  • These are great Beth! I’ll be featuring them on tomorrow’s Crafty Creators and on social media over the next week. Thanks for sharing!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    • Thank you SO MUCH for the feature Niki! Have a great week!

  • Brilliant, as always and what a fun way to display maps from special trips etc.

    • YES!! They all make great gifts too!

    • Thank you SO VERY MUCH, Donna! The house is my favorite as well!

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