Give this functional wall art a try.

Find an old map. I have a whole bunch, but if you don’t, a good place to look is at a library book sale. National Geographic use to put a wall-sized map in almost every edition and library sell outdated atlases frequently. Get a cork bulletin board, some Mod Podge, and, if you want a place to write in chalk, some chalkboard Contact paper.


Figure out what part of the map you want to show on your bulletin board and cut the map to fit, leaving about an inch overlap.


Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the corkboard and position your map on top. Smooth it out and apply another coat of Mod Podge on top of the map. You will have to smooth the map as you go and even then, it will likely pucker slightly. Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, you should trim the excess edges with a razor blade.


While you are waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, cut out your chalkboard shape. I chose to make mine in the shape of a letter H, since that is our household initial. You can cut whatever shape your want. Trace your pattern on the back of the contact paper and cut it out.


Apply a second coat of Mod Podge and peel the backing off the chalkboard Contact paper. Go ahead and stick the Contact paper while the Mod Podge is still wet. Once everything is dry, it is ready to hang.


Maps make great wall art by themselves, but this art has the added advantage of being a bulletin board as well. You can chose to cover it with memorabilia . . . or not.

Here are a few other ideas for using maps in your home:

*Line drawers with them.

*Cover old books.

*Cover them with clear Contact paper and use them for place mats.

*Make 3D letters like here.