Around the World { Recycled Maps }

by Claire Minnaar

recycling maps

What better way to express your love of travel than by turning old dusty atlases and world maps into something of a display piece? So before you donate that stack of yours to the museum or toss them out with yesterday’s paper, have a look at these ideas and be inspired:

  • Framed vintage atlas pages or world map segments make for one stunning wall adornment – whether you use a variety of frames, one big whopper or a number of matching frames.
  • Make geographical bunting for the study or lounge area by cutting the atlas pages into triangles and attaching them to a piece of string, or take the decorating a step further by covering an entire wall with world map “wallpaper”.
  • Laminate map squares and use it as placemats or stick a large map to a pin-up board as a backdrop for your notes and pictures.
  • Atlas pages and world maps make the ideal book covering, especially for your child’s geography books or a travel journal for a friend.
  • Cover wooden coasters with scraps of world map, turn a tin can into an world-map-wrapped pencil holder or cover an old lampshade in atlas paper.
  • Revamp an old chest of drawers by varnishing old world map segments onto the face of each drawer, or do the same with the back/seat of an old chair.
  • When it comes to gifting, wrap your presents in scraps of map or make your own envelopes, tags or paper gift bags using this geographical paper.

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