|Antique map wallpaper|
|Wooden map letters|
|Heart map art|
|Lamp made of maps from any city you choose|
|Originally suggested to document a destination wedding, but you could do a whole gallery wall using vacation photos surrounded by maps from those locations|
|Cardboard deer head covered with vintage maps|
Trays are also big on the decor scene right now, and lots of people are creating DIY versions, like these fabric-covered trays made into a coffee table, which I included in my "crushing on chevron" series.
So I decided to combine the two and cover a tray with a map. Let's jump to the after photos (especially since I made you wade through all the inspiration photos first):
The before was a $1.00 find from Goodwill. She wasn't exactly a looker, was she?
Apparently she was donated at the end of a yard sale, because there was a 50 cent price sticker under Goodwill's $1.00 sticker. I don't think my Goodwill prices anything under $1.00. Oh well.
Aside from the tray and a map of my choosing (NYC), here are the other supplies used:
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Newspaper to cover my work surface (not really needed, but I wasn't sure how messy the job would be)
- Flat edge (I used a kitchen scraper)
- Scissors (not pictured)
This was my first Mod Podge project ever, and I expected the packaging to give usage instructions, but it really didn't tell me anything. And I was too impatient to look up a tutorial online. So I went for it. Hey, it was a $1.00 tray, a used map and an under-$5.00 bottle of Mod Podge, so I wasn't too uptight about whether it was a success or a flop.
After wiping the whole tray down to get rid of any lingering dirt, I decided to brush Mod Podge all over the tray. Sorry, blurry photo and it's not like I can go back and re-shoot it. But you get the idea.
Then I centered the part of the map I liked best and cut off the excess, leaving enough to cover the inside of the tray, up the sides, down the outside, and under the bottom a little. I spread the map out inside the bottom of the tray, brushed Mod Podge all over, using the scraper to keep the map as smooth as possible.
Because I was using a flat map on a circular surface, I had to do a little bit of folding over once I got to the sides. I just worked my way around and around the tray, spreading the Mod Podge over as I went, and using the scraper to smooth things out. Then when I got to the top edge, I made cuts all the way around so that I could lay them flat (overlapping) as I Mod Podged the map down the outer sides. Once I got those finished, I turned the tray over and folded the ends around to the bottom, continuing to brush the Mod Podge over the top of the map as I went. I set the tray on a plastic container to allow the Mod Podge to dry. Most of it dried to the touch pretty quickly, but the parts where I was a little heavy on the Mod Podge took maybe an hour or so.
Once again, here's are some photos of the finished map tray:
And here's a reminder of the icky before:
Much improved, if I do say so myself. And now I have officially completed my first-ever Mod Podge project. I feel so crafty. (Usually crafts are not my thing.)
So there you go. A DIY map tray. Now go forth and Mod Podge something. And then tell me about it.
I'm linking this project up to:
Sisters Stuff 6/8/11 Linky Party
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After Party
Somewhat Simple's Strut Your Stuff Link Party
Homemaker on a Dime's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop
Hookin' Up with House of Hepworths
Garage Sale Finds & Makeovers Challenge at The CSI Project
Sat. Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
The DIY Showoff
Life Made Lovely Monday
Making the World Cuter Monday
More the Merrier Monday at The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Tip Tuesday at Tip Junkie
Tutorial Tuesday at Newlyweds on a Budget
How To's Day at The Lettered Cottage
Twice Owned Tuesday at House of Grace