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DIY Set of Framed Map Prints

March 7, 2013

Set of framed map prints Title

Predictably, the kitchen remodel has spread into the adjoining family room, where i’ve been updating the colors and and some of the decor. As part of the family room decorating, I ordered a map of London to hang on the wall behind my couch.

When the print arrived it was smaller than I had expected and wasn’t going to work in either the frame or the spot that I had chosen for it.

So I decided to try out a look I had seen before, where a single map is divided up, placed in multiple frames, but hung as one piece.

After measuring, it turned out my map would fit perfectly into six, 8×10 frames, so off to Michael’s I went to find some inexpensive ones that would work. The ones I chose had a little bit of a tortoise shell look that I thought would work well with a map.

DIY framed map prints

I measured and re-measured to get the cuts just right. As it turns out, that level of perfection wasn’t required, because a small amount of each border was hidden when the maps went into the frames.

Map of london

Hanging was a little bit of trial and error. The wall behind the prints has a few extra holes. :)

Map of london prints

But overall, I love the look and will probably look at the map a lot this summer, while I’m missing my daughter who will studying abroad in London. (Tips from experienced parents welcomed.)

Set of framed map prints

Check out more easy things hang on the wall:

Do you like looking at maps? Have you decorated with them?

This post is part of Works for Me WednesdayThe William Morris Project, Creative Things Thursday and Tutorials Tips & Tidbits.

    I, too, studied in London and fell in love with the city. However, finding a large wall-sized map of the place is almost impossible to find or afford. Perfect idea. So excited for your daughter. Jealous! I would return to my little room in Russel Square in a heartbeat!

    1. I’m so happy to hear you have good study abroad memories from London, Leilani. I have a feeling it’s going to be a life changing experience for my daughter. I’m excited for her too.

    1. So many possibilities, Rita. I think it would work anywhere. And I agree with your point about a map that has meaning.

  2. Love, Love, love this! I had the same idea last year, but with 19th century map of my home state of Florida. The shape of Florida however, was difficult to put into a few frames at a time.
    Great work!!

    1. That sounds like a fabulous map, Peter. But, yes, the shape would be challenging, unless you had a tall, narrow space. Thanks for the comment and the Tweet!

  3. LOVE this idea, Julie! Next time when you have to hang multiple pictures, you should try the newsprint idea–cut newpaper templates the same size as your pictures and tape those on the walls where you want them. Then, you know just where to put your nails!

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