Fabulous Pieced Map Art Tutorial

Fabulous Pieced Map Art Tutorial By Creative Juices Decor

What fun to be able to do a guest post on Cassity’s blog!

My name is Selina and I come to you from Creative Juices Décor.  What you will find on my blog is lots of inspiration for all your Creative Juices!  I am an interior designer by degree and LOVE home design/decorating, thrift store shopping, healthy recipes and crafting.  I have 3 young kids so I also have fun thinking of crafts for them to do.  Come stop by, I think you’ll be inspired! 
Today I am going to show you how I turned a $2.00 thrift store map into a large piece of art!



This project was inspired by wanting a large piece of art (on the cheap!) for my 7 year old son’s room.  I had picked up this map from the thrift store for $2 and knew if I got my Creative Juices flowing I could figure a great way to use it! I went to Michaels and picked up a bunch of canvases at 40% off.  I spent 29.00 on all 12.

Next I spray painted the edges with a left over blue from a previous project.  I am a sucker for anything AGED looking so I spray painted some brown on the edges too.

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


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.  I also put a little brown glaze on the map itself to try to give it some more character. Anyway, once dry I came back and put Mod Podge over the top, quite thick,  and in criss-cross strokes.

VOILA!!!  Really, that wasn’t too hard.  Now I have a BIG piece of wall art for under 35.00! 


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 a large canvas art display. Just apply Mod Podge to your photos and apply it to the canvas.  It makes it look like a designer print on canvas.  The possibilities are endless.  How about cutting out a favorite fabric and applying that to the canvas? 
Please stop by Smile and I hope to continue to inspire all your Creative Juices!!!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. I love this idea. I am doing something similar in our staircase since we have a turned staircase and one large blank wall. I took a map of Seattle (where we currently live) and put it on a canvas. I’m planning to buy smaller canvases to surround it and add our top four favorite places we’ve also lived (we’ve moved a lot!)

    When I did mine I ended up wrapping the map around the sides and mod podging it down. It didn’t seem to stick well on the front and it isn’t stuck flat to the canvas. I’m wondering if I didn’t use enough mod podge though. I really like way you used different canvasses and sizes and put them all together!