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Vintage Map Transforms Into Multi-Panel Art

Vintage Map Transforms Into Multi-Panel Art

Vintage Map Transforms Into Multi-Panel Art

There are a million things you can do with a vintage map that make uniquely awesome home decor. We transformed our vintage National Geographic map into diy multi-panel art in less than 1 hour. Multi-panel art is the best way to decorate around a wall-mounted TV. This DIY art project has only 2 panels, so it’s referred to diptych art. If you’re looking for a threesome, check out this triptych art project we did for our master bathroom. 

upcycle a vintage map into art to decorate around a flat screen tv

Pin me to your Pinterest DIY art boards!

SUPPLIES FOR MAP WALL DÉCOR

  • craft foam brushes
  • vintage map {cut in half}
  • acrylic paint
  • 2 art canvases {ours are 24″ x 30″}
  • Mod Podge {We used the Gloss version} 
  • Command Strips {for easy hanging}


 VINTAGE MAP SACRIFICE

We had qualms about cutting up my grandfather’s vintage map. The map that came from a National Geographic magazine, that he collected & hoarded like they were valuable bars of gold. Don’t have a grandfather that hoarded cool shit? Tragic. Source your local thrift shops, Etsy or eBay for vintage maps. 

vintage National Geographic map

Framing this map as-is would have been too expected for us.

BUT… the only way we could reuse the vintage map to decorate around our wall-mounted TV was to cut it in half. In the name of art, we gave zero fucks about sacrificing it. 

STEP-BY-STEP VINTAGE MAP TRANSFORMATION 

STEP ONE:

  • Cut your map in half
  • Paint 2 art canvases with acrylic paint. 
    • You only have to paint the areas that the map won’t cover. 
    • Don’t forget to paint the edges of the canvas, too! 
upcycle vintage maps into multi-panel art

Black… our favorite color ever.

 

STEP TWO: 

  • Take your cut map pieces & mock them up on the art canvases to determine which placement you prefer. 
mock-up your vintage map pieces before using mod podge

Mock-it up

STEP THREE: 

  • Using a craft foam brush, generously apply Mod Podge to both art canvases. 
  • We applied Mod Podge to the entirety of the canvas – not just where the map will be placed.
diy map art project

Thank you to my DIY-partner-in-crime for being the hand & arm model for this project.

STEP FOUR:

  • Carefully place the cut map pieces {one at a time} on each canvas. 
  • To avoid as many bubbles as possible, it’s best to have another person helping you to smooth it out as you lay the map down onto the canvas. 
  • Apply 1- 2 layers of Mod Podge on top of the map once it’s positioned on the Mod-Podged canvas. 
upcycled vintage map art project | final step

Has there ever been a better Mod Podge hand model? I think not…

WHY MULTI-PANEL ART? 
  • Stands out! A single piece of art can be boring & uninteresting. 
  • Dramatic! There’s a lot of visual interest when art is broken up into multiple panels. The spacing between the panels also create drama. 
  • Convenient! If your available wall space is smaller than the art piece as a whole, just cut it! 
  • Easier to move! Multiple pieces of art are easier to move than one gigantic piece of art. 
how to decorate around a flat screen tv with art

#SorryNotSorry – yes, you can see my reflection & studio light in the TV. #NoFucksGiven

 DIPTYCH VINTAGE MAP WALL DECOR

The bad news? …

diy topography map

Thanks to the stubborn creases from being folded for decades, this map is now a topography map.

Our vintage map had been folded for decades & the creases from the folds made it almost impossible to remove all of the bubbles. The good news? The silver lining is that we now have an unintended topography map. 🙂 When you look for the positives, the negatives become obsolete. 

Don’t forget to pin this to your Pinterest art boards!

upcycle a vintage map into art to decorate around a flat screen tv

 

 

ANOTHER UPCYCLE FOR THE WIN! 

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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