Thursday, November 4, 2010

See What We Can Do With Maps and Mod Podge!

Yep, I'm at it again!  I'm playing with Mod Podge and vintage maps!  I've been trying to get more organized lately, which seems like a never ending task.  We had a stack of magazines, you know the type, all the ones that have all these great ideas that you want to try "someday".  I was tired of the stack.  It never stayed stacked.  It was always sliding around and making more of a mess!  So the other day while I was at Michael's, looking to see if there was anything I "needed", since of course you can't let a 50% off coupon go to waste!  When I spotted these magazine holders in the unfinished wood section.  They would be perfect for that stack!  I picked up 2, then later had to go back for one more.  I forgot to take a picture before, sorry.  They were just unfinished pine, but they did come with the hardware already attached.

this one has maps of Canada, primarily Newfoundland, where several good friends live.

This box has maps of cities I've lived in, or would love to visit! This one has Los Angelos County, and primarily Long Beach, where I lived before I married.

Map of Virginia, where I live now!

map of Texas, where my family now lives!  It is fun to use maps that have meaning!

I simply painted the box with Mod Podge, and then the map pieces.  Then you press them together.  I use a Pampered Chef scraper (the kind you use to clean your stoneware) to smooth out any air bubbles or extra glue.  Then I used an Exacto knife to trim the edges.  Painted on two coats of poly acrylic, on the inside and outside, and I was done! This project cost me about $3 each, since I did use 50% off coupons for each box.  I really love how they turned out!  Don't they look so nice and interesting on the book shelf?
sorry, not the best picture, it was the best I could do for now.

Makes me wish I had more magazines so I need more holders......wait, scratch that, I'm supposed to be organized, and getting rid of stuff, not collecting more....right?
Hope you all have a great week!
Parties I'm linking to:
Under $100 Party @ Beyond The Picket Fence
Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
We Can Do It Cheaper @ The Virginia House
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Remodelaholics Anonymous@Remodelaholic
Maptastic Party@ The Country Chic Cottage
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors 
Boardwalk Bragfest@Bobbypins Boardwalk 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm


  1. Those look super cute. I like them on your bookshelf. Adds some character!

  2. Oh man! So cool! Gotta love that map of Va, I love calling it home!

    great job :)

  3. Gorgeous job!! Really fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to my map party!!

  4. These are brilliant! I love them. Maps have such pretty colors too, I love them.

  5. Love this! I love things made with maps! Great job!

  6. This is super cool! LOVE maps and Mod Podge :D

  7. I love these! They are terrific! I love that they have meaning! Great job!

  8. So very cool and classy! What a great way to upstyle those utilitarian files and the hardware looks great against the maps. This is yet another blogland idea that will go on my list. Thanks!

  9. Such a cute idea (as I sit here looking at my stack in a 1990's wicker basket). I'm heading to Michaels! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Now why didn't I know that Michael's had those in wood. I just went Wed. to see if they had the cardboard ones so I could do the same thing but with scrapbook paper. The carboard ones were expensive. I ended up with a box from a local grocery store that is shaped similar but is a little shorter. The box was free and the scrapbook paper was 30% off. Now I need to get another box because one just won't do when they turn out so cute!
    Good job on yours!

  11. How cool is this! Sure removes normal shnormal outa office supplies, doesn't it? Nicely done!


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  13. I sure learned something new. I have no idea that these were available in wood. With the coupons, that's a great deal. What is really great, however, is the way that you added the maps to them. They look wonderful. Very, very clever! Thank you for sharing this great idea at the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  15. Just found this via Pinterest! I LOVE this idea - it's exactly what I want to do for my office. Thank you!