Upcycle an Old Map Into Coasters

If you have a collection of old maps, don’t throw them just yet! There are many cool DIY projects you can do with them, like these easy map coasters, by Molly of Three Sisterz.

You can make these especially cool by using vintage maps for your coaster project, but any map you have on hand will do.

Materials:

  • Map
  • 4 x 4 tiles (4 pcs.)
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Modge Podge (paper)
  • Cork sheets
  • Adhesive spray
  • Craft sealer spray

Instructions:

  1. Choose the section of the map you want to use for your coasters. You can choose different sections, but if you want your coasters to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, focus on one area.
  2. Lay out your tiles together to form one big square on your chosen section. Trace the outline of the big square with a pencil. Trace the outline of each coaster in the big square. Cut out all four individual squares.

  3. Decoupage the map squares to the tiles with Modge Podge. Don’t layer it on too thick—four to five thin coats work better. Make sure to let the coasters dry in between coats. It’s useful to have a wet paper towel handy to wipe all the excess Mod Podge.

  4. When completely dry, use sandpaper to sand imperfections around the edges.
  5. Using an adhesive spray, attach 4 x 4 pieces of cork to the bottom of the coasters. You can also use felt if you prefer. Spray craft gloss finish on the bottom of the coasters to ensure every crevice is sealed. You have yourself a unique set of map coasters.

    Check out the full tutorial, with even more cool pictures by Molly, at Three Sisterz.

 

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