Vintage School Map Graphic

November 25th, 2008 in member junk     
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Heres the finished product up on the wall. It measures about 3 feet x 3 feet.
Here’s the map getting ready for its new home.
I cleaned up the glass and frame with a mild soap and water and then gave the glass a good Windex-ing.
Heres a close up of one of the fab brass handles.
I drilled small holes into the wood about every 8 inches or so. The drilling makes it easier to hammer the brad nails to the frame which will be used to hold everything in.
I used a big piece of
heavier cardboard as my backing and cut it to fit the glass. Here I am laying out what I chose to cut and have show.
Then I used that
as the pattern to cut the map. These old maps are pretty strong, so change your blade often so it cuts easily.
After I finished cutting the map, I used a photo Glue Stick to make the back of the cardboard slightly tacky - the map had been rolled up for so long and it was determined to stay like that!
I took my time to make sure the map was spread evenly across the card board.
Hammering in the brad nails.
Next I added the hanging wire.
Project complete!
Heres the finished product up on the wall. It measures about 3 feet x 3 feet.

Here's the finished product up on the wall. It measures about 3 feet x 3 feet.

OK, time for an inside project. No sandals allowed in the photos - I promise!

I took a vintage school map I found at the swap meet for next to nothing and framed it up in a very old sliding glass door off of a store display cabinet. The imperfections in the old glass paired up with the well loved map makes for an interesting wall hanging.

I have six more of these doors and am considering framing those amazing bus scrolls as a series...

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, cottage, artwork, eclectic, glass, industrial, country, family room, picture holder, frame, bedroom, study, office, game room

Comments (11)

jodygale writes: As a school teacher, I love your map! It would be a sweet addition in any home or classroom.
Posted: 1:08 pm on March 13th
bridiemurphy writes: Very, very cool. What a great solution/impression on a big, empty wall! I'll never look at sliding doors the same way again... Posted: 8:40 am on December 5th
catbishop writes: This is so great, I love the use of a window as a frame. I'm nuts about old globes and maps and remember staring at one like this all day in grade school... Posted: 3:15 pm on November 26th
MimiToria writes: Cool project! Now if this map doesn't transport me back to 4th grade, I don't know what would. This would be awesome in a family room or study. Very fun idea.
Gretchen Posted: 11:56 am on November 26th
NebraskaJunker writes: Welcome newest contributor! You are an amazing addition to the team. Love your map project. Maps are so great especially the vintage ones. Great use of the doors and windows for frames. Keep up the great posts and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Posted: 10:14 pm on November 25th
Junkinbellachris writes: Wow!
That is soo clever!
I love old maps.. Posted: 9:38 pm on November 25th
georgiamoon writes: Jenny, you are so cool, and so is your map project. Are you going to frame the east coast part as well? You did a great job and it is so nice to see your stuff up on this site. Love ya, geo Posted: 2:15 pm on November 25th
CottageElements writes: Jenny, love the map. Awesome frame, too! What a great idea. Thanks again for another wonderful project!

Lani Posted: 11:04 am on November 25th
suewhitney writes: Jenny,

This is awesome! Love maps and me thinks this would look ab fab in anyone's home. I'm eyeballing an empty wall in my home as we speak! Thanks for the great idea.

Be well,

P.S. The sandals were making me jealous too as I will be wearing a parka and boots when I step out today! Hahahahaha! Posted: 10:35 am on November 25th
shamrockerin writes: OOOOHHHH! I just found a bunch of old maps and you just gave me an idea of what to do with them! Posted: 9:25 am on November 25th
cedarshake_79 writes: Oh, this is so cool! When I looked at the picture of the map it brought me back to 4th grade and learning state capitols. I love the memories this project invokes. There is real depth in hanging something like this in your house...really meaningful.

I'm going map hunting...

Erin Posted: 9:18 am on November 25th
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