Saturday

Make Large Canvas Wall Art Out of An Old Map

On my last trip to Pottery Barn opps, I mean my local thrift store, I ran across this old globe.  I loved the robin’s egg blue colors but the ugly plastic really threw me for a loop – oh wait!  No it didn’t, I have SPRAY PAINT!  So I quickly went home and applied my beautiful gold and brown spray paint to the plastic.  Wonders never cease – it looked fabulous. 

It reminded me that I had previously picked up an old slightly laminated MAP from the same thrift store and I began to wonder what I could do with my new found globe and matching map???? Tick tock, Tick tock, my creative juices were coming…….

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           (globe was $3.00)
Ah Ha!  My son needed something on his wall in his room and since that is where I put the globe how about matching wall art! 

I went to Michaels and picked up a bunch of canvases at 40% off.  I spent 29.00 on all 12.   I traced around the canvas and cut out each rectangle.  The overall map size was 31”x 50”.  The smaller canvases I bought were 8x10 and the larger were 16x20.

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                     (map was 2.00)

Next I spray painted the edges with a left over blue I had from this wine glass project. I am a sucker for anything AGED looking so I spray painted some brown to the edges too.

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Once dry, I brushed on some glue and attached my cut out map pieces.

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Once that dried (I turned them over to add some weight to the drying process) I wanted to age the edges just a little more so I took out my inking pad, or chalk pad, and “aged” the edges. If you were really brave you could lightly sprayed some gold or brown spray paint on the corners to age it. I also put a little brown glaze on the map itself to try to give it some more character. I can’t decide if it was worth that extra step or not??
Anyway, once dry I came back and put Mod Podge over the top, quite thick, and in criss cross strokes. If your map does not have a coating on it (some form of lamination) be VERY careful with applying the glue, a lot of people are saying their map is ripping.  My suggestion would be to find a map with some sort of a coating on it. (not just thin paper)
VOILA!!! Really, that wasn’t too hard. Now I have a BIG piece of wall art for under 35.00!

blk white color map

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Stay creative with me folks – even if you didn’t find a map at a thrift store you could take this same technique and make large canvas art. I found this great tutorial on how to do that with printed scrapbook pages. Just apply (glue) your photo to the canvas and cover with the mod podge. It makes it look like designer canvas prints. The possibilities are endless. How about cutting out a favorite fabric and applying that to the canvas?

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Keep those Creative Juices Flowing!!!

I was so excited to see receive an email of one of my readers showing me the map she did using my tutorial! Isn't it great!!  Here's Nicholle’s map. I love the different colors.  




Young House Love (along w Kate, Emily and Renee!) are doing a Spring Pinterest Challenge so I thought I would add this to the collection.  Maps are HUGE on Pinterest - I have collected lots of inspiration by entering MAPS in the Pinterest search bar.

If you want to see more fun ideas, check out this Pottery Barn Knockoff clock that I did using a round board I found at the thrift store!!



128 comments:

  1. that turned out great.... very creative.

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  2. That is so cool! I love maps... I have an "old" looking framed map in my living room above my armoire that I just love. Cool project!

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  3. AMAZING! I have a wonderful map of Alaska from the 60's that I absolutely need to do this with! I was born there, and seeing it up on the wall would make me so happy! GREAT IDEA!

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  4. Selina, I just love this map canvas project.

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  5. This is fantastic!!!
    I am always on the lookout for map ideas when I do up a boys' room later this year that's going to have a map theme.

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  6. I love this! I did something similar with scrapbook pages about a year ago, but the map idea is super! Thanks for posting this!

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  7. I bought a really cool old map on etsy. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a frame, but you have solved my framing issue with this solution. I LOVE this idea. Thanks so so so much for sharing!

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  8. I love maps in decor too and love what you did.

    I recently did two posts about using vintage maps. Please check them out.

    http://allaboutvignettes.blogspot.com/2011/03/vintage-maps-design-inspiration.html

    http://allaboutvignettes.blogspot.com/2011/03/unique-framing-ideas-for-maps.html

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  9. I saw your link over on the CRAFT blog. Love it! I have been wanting to do something with map, but thought it might look silly just to slap a map on the wall. This is such a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I found this post through Making the World Cuter and wanted to say how much I like it! I would also love for you to link up with me on my blog, "Saturday Mornings" if you haven't been by yet! Everyone is welcome and prizes are awarded monthly to those who join in! Here is the link if you want to "Strut Your Stuff!"

    http://www.thesaturdaymorningsblog.com/2011/03/strut-your-stuff-for-march-link-up_12.html

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  11. great one! GAve me a wonderful idea for a simialr map, although smaller!
    juliesfreshperspectives.blogspot.com

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  12. What a great idea! I love the way it turned out. I want to do that for my boys' room!

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  13. You have totally inspired me - can't wait to do something like this for the office!

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  14. Love it! I'm going to decorate my son's room with maps as well. Thanks for this excellent idea!

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  15. This is amazing! I think for the money you spent you got a fab piece of wall art, which would have cost a lot more from a store! Thanks for sharing

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  16. Great tutorial, I can't wait to try it with an old map I have.

    Your blog is so inspiring, thanks for all the info!

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  17. Love this! I like to decorate with maps as well. This looks really great.

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  18. This is a great project! You did a fantastic job
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  19. This is a great project! You did a fantastic job
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  20. This looks great! PS - I saw some small packages of canvas's at ROSS of all places, like $3 for 3 small ones or $5 for two 8x10 sizes! I wish I'd bought them now. www.momomma.com

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  21. What a big impact project for little money. Looks great.

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  22. Very cool Selina, way to keep those juices flowing!

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  23. Clever idea!

    I'm a new follower!

    http://peachesreviews.com

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  24. This looks absolutely awesome! I just did a post on a vintage globe recently. Love anything teal!
    I'm your newest follower from Made with love blog hop and would love for you to stop by sometime.

    http://babesandsages.blogspot.com

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  25. That looks so good! I wish I was that creative.

    New follower http://angela-mommytimeout.blogspot.com. Would love a follow back!

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  26. I came over from The Thrifty Home. I could tell from the little tiny picture that I loved this. It looks great. Thank-you for sharing it.

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  27. This looks fabulous! I love maps, and the different sizes of canvases give it such great dimension.

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  28. Genius! I love it. Just dropping by to let you know I featured your awesome blog this week on Thrifty Thursday, and placed your button in my ad space. It will be up until next Thrifty Thursday.

    Again, cool project. I am so stealing this.
    Blessings...
    Johnnie

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  29. This is SO Fabulous! I am in awe.
    I love inking, it always makes me feel better about my projects.
    I know your son loves it!

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  30. Love it! I love coming across blogs like yours. Such creative people out there.

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  31. This is awesome! I have a large map that used to hang on the kids playroom wall, so I could teach them some geography. My husband made me take it down, because it was an eye sore. I can't believe I found you. Thank you for posting this. I have to get started on it. Just so cool. I found you at Saved By Love Creation.

    www.meldreamsoften.blogspot.com
    www.happymommyoftwo.blogspot.com

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  32. OMG, what an awesome idea! I would love to do something like that. I wonder if foam board would work? I cannot afford canvas right now :(
    I'm so happy I stopped by to follow you, your blog is a happening place...oh and congrats on being one of the featured blog hop blogs. please pay me a visit anytime:

    Slipstitches and More

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  33. Visiting from Remodelaholic. That is way cool. I wish I could find a map of the world like that.

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  34. Love the map!

    Question: when you remade the globe with gold and brown spraypaint... is that like a gold underneath with brown on top lightly? I'm trying to do something similarly, but hadn't thought of doing it with two colors of spray paint.

    What's the technique or is there a gold and brown (mixed) spray paint? gr8ricefamily@yahoo.com

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  35. Reply @ Emily:
    Yes, just like you said. I spray painted it gold and then came back and lightly spray painted some brown on the edges. Good luck and have fun!

    Selina

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  36. I LOVE this! i have ALWAYS wanted to take a map and cut it up and frame it. This is such a great way to accomplish the look!

    I was wondering if you would be willing to come do a special guest post about this for Remodelaholic? Let me know and I will send you the details!

    Cassity

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  37. This is SOOO gorgeous! You could even someday add straight pins or something to mark places you've gone, want to go, etc. and make it personalized... I'm not sure if that totally goes with the aged, distressed, chic look you've got, but I'm always a sucker for personalizing stuff...

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  38. what a great idea, I love it!

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  39. love this, i have a party tues- thurs if you would like to share, i would love for you to party with us!

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  40. LOVE this idea - my Bigger Bug will be 11 and we need a new theme for his bedroom...guess what will be hanging on his wall?!

    Keri
    shakentogether.blogspot.com

    stopping by from Not Just a Housewife :)

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  41. Popping in from Not Just a Housewife.... I absolutely love your idea! I have some old maps that I have been wondering what to do with them and this gets me thinking! Thank you and it is really beautiful!

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  42. That really came out nice, even if you paid more than the thrifty side of you wanted to.. it is definitly worth it, and looks much more expensive.
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  43. Just bought me a new bottle of Modge Podge tonight! LOVE that stuff! Awesome work!!!

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  44. This is awesome! I have a thing for maps, I'm totally digging this! Great work!

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  45. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us..We are having a Free vinyl Giveaway this week & would love for you to enter to win..Have a WONDERFUL Week!!
    Barb

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  46. What a great idea! That looks professionally done!

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  47. LOVE this idea. My husband keeps a tacky looking us map in his home office....I bet I could use this technique to make it look much more stylish!! I'm totally bookmarking this project. THANKS!

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  48. Yep that is just fabulous!! I'm in love with maps...I have the whole world painted in my entry and I just made some map coasters! I love what you did...

    New follower!

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  49. Hi, I think this is such a great idea.could please tell me what size the canvases were that you bought please. I truly love this idea.
    Thank you,

    Bunny

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  50. I really love this idea....thank you so much for your creative wow....
    julie
    lifeatfirelakecamp.com

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  51. Reply @ Bunny,

    All the small canvas were 8"x10" and the larger ones 16"x20. Hope that helps!

    Selina

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  52. Fabulous idea! You did a great job with it! I'd love for you to visit me at Cool Home Creations!

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  53. This is so awesome! I have a big map sitting in my craft room that has been waiting for a project like this! I can't wait to try!!! :)

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  54. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm so going to do this!

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  55. If you wanted to go even cheaper, you could try using pizza boxes(unused ones- pizza places will share if you ask nicely) or the sturdy type of cardboard boxes that multiple books come in from Amazon- you know wide but not too deep. Similar in dimension to pizza boxes, but in rectangular shape as opposed to just square. They are pretty close to the same dimensions as canvases. A little gesso on the sides and top and you've got a blank canvas to work on. I currently have a stack of these boxes left over from all my birthday shopping(I bought books). I think I am going to use my boxes and that folded up world map I have and stop the complaining coming from my boys about their "bare walls".

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  56. Great project. I'm trying something similar right now.

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  57. Love this! What a fabulous idea - a great way to make a plain map really fabulous!

    Chelsea

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  58. I LOVE THIS!! I think maps are beautiful, and your finished project is gorgeous!

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  59. Just found you through stiesthoughts.blogspot.com. Great idea. Love your site!

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  60. I love the map on canvas. It looks great!

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  61. I LOVE this idea! I want to do this! This is going on my "project" list. GREAT thrift store finds!

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  62. i love this idea and really want to make one. I'm assuming the map is not laminated or you wouldn't be able to use mod poge, right? i'm having a really hard time finding a paper map that size.

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  63. Reply @ Bethany,

    The map wasn't heavily laminated but it did have a coating on it. I didn't wrap any part of the map around the canvas so it was fairly easy just to cut out to size and apply the glue. Do a google search for maps, sometimes you can really find a steal. Also I once saw some really cool map wrapping paper that would totally work for this project and it was under 5 bucks. Hope that helps!

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  64. Holy Moly! That looks AWESOME!

    xo

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  65. This is such a great idea, it looks so classy. I'd love for you to share it at my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at www.laughloveandcraft.com!

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  66. Super creative! I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

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  67. Oh, my goodness! I love this idea! I was going to decorate my boy's room with plain map, but this is much better! Thank you for linking to my party!

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  68. Oh thank you soo much, I found 2 maps last weekend for my son and want to do this for him. Thank you once again.
    Bunny

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  69. This is great, I love what you did! I linked this to my globes and maps post too - well done!

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  70. I am featuring this on Thursday on somewhat simple! Thanks for sharing this idea, I love it!

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  71. Brilliant!!! I love maps and this is amazing!! Great job. I l like the aged look with the modern twist of breaking up the map in section!

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  72. What a creative project! I would love to try something like that myself!

    Your blog is one of my favorites. You have such good ideas!

    In fact, I've been inspired to start my own blog. I would love some visitors and comments.

    It is still a work in progress, so bear with me. If you are interested in visiting, here I am:
    http://susansfavoritethings.blogspot.com.

    Thanks and have a great day!

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  73. Definitely inspired me!

    Thanks - my son would love it.

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  74. Hi! I did this map on canvas project. What was your trick on getting the map so straight? No matter how much I smoothed it, my map crinkled on every canvas. I was also wondering if you would mind if I posted about it on my blog. Would that be ok? I would put a direct link back to you in the post, and give you full credit for the idea.

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  75. Fantastic project. Love your blog and will check back and link to it on my creativedish fanpage!

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  76. I love this so much! I have a map I got for our classroom but didn't want to just stick up on the wall bare and boring. This is so cute and creative I think I will try to do this. Thanks for sharing!

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  77. This is absolutely gorgeous, and exactly the right idea for a hard-to-fill nook of my new house. Thank you for sharing!

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  78. Saw you on the Pinterest link up on YHL. THIS IS TO DIE FOR. Great job! I'm drooling over here!!!

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  79. Great ideas. The glove worked out beautifully.- the map idea is genius.

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  80. This map is awesome! I just saw it on Craft Gossip! I'm your newest follower!

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  81. Out of all the Pinterest Challenge entries today this is my favorite. It looks amazing!

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  82. Oh my gosh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! I have a wall where I want to have a map, but I wasn't sure how to go about mounting it, and this is the perfect solution! Thanks for inspiring me!
    Kerri,
    A Pop of Pretty,
    apopofpretty.com

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  83. Wow that is seriously awesome! I have a soft spot for maps in any form. Visiting from Southern Hospitality, you have some great projects!!

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  84. Where can I get a map like the one you used. I went to walmart and michaels; they do not have this kind. This is the next project I would like to start.

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  85. I just completed my own map art using the instructions you posted. Thanks so much! Even though mine didn't turn out nearly as nice as yours, I'm still happy with my first attempt at anything creative. I used an old, vintage map that belonged to my grandfather. It hung in his study and I always loved looking at it because it was so unique. I've had it rolled up in a closet for years and now I finally get to display it!

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  86. Reply@Carrie: that makes me so happy! Glad you preserved a great memory. Send me a picture if you can :-)

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  87. Hi Selina,
    I love this idea! I am so inspired to do one myself. I have always wanted a big world map in my home, and I have decided to go get the supplies this week. Would you recommend a certain type of glue for gluing down the maps? Also, does any spray paint work, or is it spray paint specifically for canvas? When you used your stamp pad to antique the corners, did you use a brown stamp pad?
    Thanks for your help! I'm very excited.

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  88. Reply@Nicholle: Happy to inspire you! I used plain old elmers glue to glue it down to the canvas but my map was quite stiff and had some kind of sealer on it. If it was a papery/flimsy map, I would highly suggest using the 3M spray adheisive. Any spray paint works! I did use brown and a litle gold for my stamp pad. Any shade of brown will help age the edges. Have fun! Send in a picture when it is done :-)

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  89. Hey Selina,
    I finished my project. I blogged the process....where I had troubles, and what worked for me, etc.. I put your blog on there times a million to give you the credit. Thanks so much for your help! I'm very excited to put this up in my Alaskan home.
    http://globalcole.blogspot.com/2012/02/world-on-canvas.html

    Thanks for being so creative!! You're the best!

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  90. Nicholle, that turned out AMAZING!!! Readers, head over there to be inspired too. Her map is in the neutral tones and is Beautiful!

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  91. Thanks so much! I added two pictures in the light. I had fun making it and so excited to get it hung up (late March) when I get back home to Alaska.

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  92. absolutely splendid! I've shared your post here: http://dollarstoremom.com/2012/02/pinterest-picks-27/

    Thank you!

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  93. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I'm a pilot, and wanted a to put up a map of the airports I've been to. I found a cheap map at sportys.com, that is 59" x 36". I think it will get cut up and put on canvases now!

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  94. Awesome! I love map art - this just might find it's way onto my project to-do list :-)

    Kelly

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  95. Found you through YHL and the Pinterest Challenge. Very creative! I would have never thought to cut a map up into smaller sections to create that visual texture. It definitely brings the map to a new level.

    I too recently added some maps to our guest bedroom. You can check it out here: http://figuringoutlifeblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/mapping-future.html

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  96. http://globalcole.blogspot.com/2012/02/world-on-canvas.html

    The finished project is up on the blog. See the very bottom for it hung up!! Thanks again for your amazing creativity. I just love mine and people compliment every time they come over!!

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  97. Selina, this is amazing! I am totally inspired!!! Did you have to iron the map before doing this project? I found a map in clearance(!) but it has been folded for a long time.... I'm not sure if it's not necessary to iron out the wrinkles or not :-)

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  98. Reply:

    So glad you are inspired!

    I didn't have to iron my map because it was in a roll and is slightly laminated or has a stronger film over it.

    You could try ironing your map, maybe put a towel over the map before you iron. You can spread it out with the glue on the canvas but if the map is thin, you'll really need to do it carefully so it doesn't rip.

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  99. This is so beautiful! I bought a 73x48" antique-style map for my boyfriend, not knowing how expensive it would be to frame it. This is even more gorgeous, and I plan on spending the next few days making this.

    Quick question for you, if you'll indulge me! I purchased both laminated and plain versions of the map. I saw that you said yours wasn't heavily laminated, but had a coating. I'm worried that the laminated one that I purchased will be TOO laminated:

    http://www.amazon.com/World-Executive-Laminated-National-Geographic/dp/0792283252/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337099995&sr=8-2

    Should I use the paper version instead? Also, does mod podge brushed over laminate still look good?

    THANK YOU!

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  100. Reply@ 100 Man Experiment:

    Well, without actually feeling the map it's hard, but I would say try the laminated one. It actually might make it easier since a lot of people struggle with the paper maps being really thin and getting wrinkles or bubbles as you lay them out. If the laminate is so heavy it stands up on it's own and is stiff as a board you might run into problems looking like the final map art piece is plasticy? Honestly, I am not sure what to tell you not having felt your map, but I would say give it a try. One of my readers had go out and buy a second map in her attempt to make it! Read up on all the comments of others who have tried this map and read her post:
    http://globalcole.blogspot.com/2012/02/world-on-canvas.html

    Good luck and like always, I LOVE seeing the final project done so send me a photo and feel free to comment your experience so others will know what to use :-)

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  101. Oh my gosh! I really like this idea of displaying a map! Makes me want to hit the thrift store and look for a map. ;)

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  102. I saw that you linked up right after me on Bower Power's blog and I just had to come over and say, WOW! Great job, I love decorating with maps! :)

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  103. Love this! What a great idea to get on the map bandwagon but to make it unique

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  104. I love it~ sharing it at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  105. I tried making this, but it was a total failure. :( The paper map got all wrinkled up, and the ModPodge made it too wet and actually damaged some of the print. Once I ran into problems, I read all the comments and realized others had the same problems too.

    Rand McNally sells a laminated map too. It's sent rolled up in a tube, so it it's a super stiff laminate. I'm hesitant to buy another map if it's not going to work. Have you heard back from any of your readers that had success with a laminated map? I know there were some commenters who asked about using a laminated map, but there aren't any follow-up comments saying that it was successful. I really hope it will work because I love the look of it. Plus, I already have 12 painted canvases I don't know what else to do with if the map doesn't work. Please let me know if you have a chance. Thank you.

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  106. Reply:
    Hi Lauren,

    Yes, my map did have a slight laminate to it. (not super stiff but definately a coating) I will write that in the original post. I am sorry it wasn't working out for you! You could also try being very conservative with the mod podge? My guess is the laminated one would be the way to go. Hope that helps....check out Nicholles post (a few comments above) I think she had your problem then fixed it. She talks about making hers (and she did do it twice!)

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  107. Thanks for your reply. After staring at my failed project on the dining room table all week, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the laminated map. I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks again!

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  108. Thank you soooo much for this idea! It turned out wonderful. The only problem I am having is hanging it up above my fireplace. Having trouble lining them up so everything is straight. Any tips??

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  109. Hi Natalie, I know I already responded directly to your email but for others wondering about a good tip see this post how I put it up (a very easy trick!)

    http://www.creativejuicesdecor.com/2012/04/world-map-inspiration-and-sneak-peak.html

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  110. After weeks of procrastinating and fear of ruining another map, I finally got around to cutting and gluing my laminated map to the canvases. It was so quick and easy, and I didn't have any bubbling or ripping problems. Laminated is definitely the way to go. For anyone else wanting to try this project, I ordered the World Rolled Laminated map from Rand McNally: http://store.randmcnally.com/wall-maps/m-series-world-wall-maps.html

    It worked great with 10 8x10s and 2 16 x 20s. I just had to cut off the border for everything to measure out correctly.

    Thank you so much for providing this project and for answering my questions after my pathetic first attempt. I love it and am so happy with how everything turned out! Thank you!

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  111. Phew Lauren! I feel horrible when I hear a horror story! I am so glad it worked out. Thanks for adding the link too! I just (Aug 15 2012) saw that Costco was selling two school world maps for 15.00 (laminated) I bet they do it every year before school starts!

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  112. I am going to do this project this weekend. What kind of glue do you reccommend using?

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    1. Hi! I just used plain ol Elmers Glue :-) Have fun making it......email me if you have any more questions.

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  113. Hi,

    You did a fabulous job with the map. I appreciate your artistic sense and gladly admit that I copied your example and did the same for my daughter. It now occupies proud place on the wall in the study. Thank you for the inspirational idea!

    Click here to visit printing photos on canvas

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  114. I love this! I need to find a map now! :)

    www.gimmesomestyleblog.com

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  115. Awesome map on canvas, looking for an antique map myself to print on canvas. Have you tried decorating with a single Photo to Canvas across multiple panels?

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  116. Looks amazing! I am doing something similar now. I have a question though - what did you do to the edges of the map/canvas after you glued them down to make them blend a bit more? My map is smaller than my canvas about half an inch.

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    1. Hi Raye, sorry I have been out of town (or would have answered sooner) but after i glued them down, I did add MORE glue mixture (or mod podge) to aid in the bending....although, if you have a map that isn't laminated, be very careful as a lot of people have had issues with the map tearing when they got it too wet. Hope that helps!

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  117. This is a really great idea and a solution to a problem I have been having (not spending a fortune to get a map printed on canvas) I am considering working out the kinks with a first attempt using a silk fantasy map that is both highly detailed and cheap. My only concern is a possible negative reaction between the glue and the silk. Any thoughts of suggestions on getting it right the first time? (seraph147@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi! I have never worked with silk on canvas.....I wish I could give you some good advice but I'm not sure what to say.....I would just give it a shot! Let us know what happens.

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  118. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

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