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 into Three Home Decor Projects
This week I am co-hosting Creative Crafts – Recycled Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Me and My Inklings and Meg from Makeable Crafts. Featuring eight 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!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
Here is a close up of the finished Recycled Map Family Canvas!
Recycled Map: Coasters
The second project in how to recycle a map three ways, let's create a coaster set with some 4″ by 4″ white ceramic tiles that were leftover from a bathroom project. Rough cut sections of the map 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.
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.
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.
And a final photo of the Recycled Map Coasters!
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.
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.
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!
Here is a close up of the Recycled Map Gift Bag!
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorials on how to Recycle a Map Three Ways today! They were all quick and easy to put together in just an afternoon. All three projects would make excellent house warming or hostess gifts, as well. If you don't have any vintage maps, use a new Map or Atlas.
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 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!
First up is our host Meg with Makeable Crafts who made an awesome DIY Recycled Cake Stand
Laura from Me and My Inklings is also 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
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!
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