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How To Mount and Frame Your Maps In 6 Easy Steps

If you are in love with maps and the coastal charm they bring to your home. Learn how to mount and frame your maps in 6 easy steps.

 

Supplies:

  • Maps
  • 11 by 14 foam boards
  • 11 by 14 unfinished frames
  • Paint

Step 1.Choose the right frame.

I love skinny frames all the same size so I purchased 9 – 11/by 14 unfinished ones from Frames USA, the glass is included. I saved a fortune by framing them myself.  You will also need to purchase 9 – 11/by 14 foam boards to glue the maps on them. Those can be found at Micheals Craft Store.

 

Step 2. Cutting the maps

The best way to cut the maps is to spread the maps on an open table and outline the foam board on the maps with a pencil. You can outline any which way you like.

Step 3. Glue maps on foam board

Once you cut all the maps use good craft glue and spread the glue evenly all over the maps, no gobs of glue on the maps or they won’t adhere to the foam boards smoothly.

Step 4. Painting the frames.

 I used leftover paint from my home to paint the frames an off white color. It took longer to paint them by hand than I anticipated, so I suggest using spray paint it’s much easier and faster.

Step 5. Insert into the frame.

Once all your foam boards are done insert them into the frame and add the glass. You are now ready to hang them on your wall. I hung in a series of three to create a wall art of 9 charming maps.

Step 6. Hanging the frames.

To calculate how much distance between each map, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hanging wire or hook. Starting from the mark you made to indicate where your frame’s top will go, measure down (aligning with your wall’s center mark) to pinpoint the place where your nail will go. Mark this spot with a small x.

Hanging the maps was the hardest and thanks to my husband he was a big help. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact me.

For more similar posts see my framed botanicals and learn how to hang your framed prints.

For large map framing, here is a large world map you can purchase inexpensively.


 

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14 Comments

  1. How lovely. Maps really do draw your eye and make you think about travel, so I definitely see them being a great decorating object.

    1. Thanks so much Julie, for stopping by! I greatly appreciate the comment! Hope you travel to get a map someday! 🙂

  2. I love your maps. Maps are so cheap and easy to use and add so much personalization to a room. I had maps in my last house, but alas, my new house is tiny and doesn’t have much wall space.

    1. So happy you loved the maps, its was a really simple, lots of savings too project.
      Thanks
      Maria

  3. Wow, this is an amazing project! I have lots of old nautical charts that would work perfectly.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Hi Marie–what a simple, elegant project. The maps look just lovely on your son’s wall, and your tutorial gives us all the information we need. Thanks so much for sharing it at Vintage Charm 🙂

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