15 Cool Ways to Upcycle Old Maps

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If you travel frequently, you eventually find a pile of maps sitting in a drawer or box somewhere. They can be hard to throw away, even if they’re way outdated and worn out. Instead of getting rid of them completely, you can save their beauty and nostalgic value by upcycling the map pages into something new.

1. Envelopes
via La Petite Fabrique

Super mini envelopes from upcycled vintage maps

petitefabrique

2. Heart-shaped confetti
via Crafty Clementine

Vintage atlas confetti heart shaped pieces

CraftyClementines

3. Origami earrings
via Paper Affection

upcycled Map Paper Star Earrings - Origami Jewelry

PaperAffection

4. Lunch bag
via Salt Attic

Up-Cycled Vintage World Map Lunch Bag

SaltAttic

5. Ornaments
via Granny Panty Designs

Upcycled Atlas Ornaments - Recycled Vintage Maps

GrannyPantyDesigns

6. Stickers
via Magpie & Max

Vintage Map heart stickers

MagpieandMax

7. Wall art
via Darcy Woodcraft

Wall Mounted Wooden Swallows Upcycled Map Atlas

DarcyWoodCraft

via Hook U Up Custom Crafts

GO Upcycled Vintage Map Letters

HookUUpCustomCrafts

8. Coasters
via The Knick Knackery

upcycled vintage atlas cork based coasters

prilbot

9. Notebook covers
via Marmalime

mini notebooks made with eco paper that is recycled

Marmalime

10. Magnets
via Doodle Daisy

Map Magnet Pegs

DoodleDaisy

via Reminiscence Papers

Magnets Featuring Graphic Letters of the Alphabet on Recycled Map

ReminiscencePapers

11. Banners
via Palimpsestic

Mini Pennant Banner Flag Bunting From Vintage Maps

Palimpsestic

12. Unique labels
via A Tinch of Design

file drawer labels, magnetic, write-on - vintage map

tinchDesignStudio

13. Gift bows
via Copple Shop

Gift Bows, Vintage US Atlas

coppleshop

14. Decorative luggage tags
via Zero Names Left

Travel luggage tag, small favor destination, recycled Map Heart

0namesleft

15. Necklaces – to show where your heart is
via Bowie & Francesca

Where the Heart is Toronto Necklace

BowieandFrancesca

via e.kate designs

Local is Lovely Necklace with Vintage Maps

ekate

 

4 Responses

  1. Simeon

    March 11, 2013 6:30 pm

    I’m a designer from Liverpool, and I have studied in Liverpool and Reykjavik, Iceland. I did some work with upcycling old maps, into photoframes, allowing people to physically geo-tag their photographs and really bring them into perspective!

    If you want to have a look, google Studio simeon Maps or go to
    http://www.studiosimeon.com/two-twelve-twelve/

    Good Day! :)

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