Squares Of Places

DIY Map Craft: Make these with vintage maps and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Vintage Map Deco Cube:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cube
  • Vintage map, or a fold-out map or old atlas*
  • Paper paste (Kathleen uses Yes! Paste)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; stiff paintbrush; optional: rubber brayer or roller

*Note: If you’re going to antique your papers, you’ll also need brown acrylic craft paint or sepia ink.

To make a Vintage Map Deco Cube:

1. Cut out two, 5-1/2” squares and one, 20-1/4” x 5” strip of map paper.

2. Spread a thin, even layer of paper glue onto the top of the 5” cube using the paintbrush.

3. Center and glue a 5-1/2” map square onto the top. Carefully clip the corners and smooth the edges down onto the sides. Repeat, covering the bottom of the cube. Optional: Use the rubber brayer to help smooth out the paper.

4. Test fit the paper strip around the cube, and crisply fold the corners. Spread a thin layer of adhesive on the sides of the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and wrap the paper strip around the cube. The ends will overlap by ¼”.

*How to “antique” maps for a vintage look:

1. Mix ¼ cup of water and 1 T. of light brown, acrylic craft paint or sepia ink in a glass bowl. Mix well. Adjust the color by adding more paint, ink or water.

2. Crumple your map into a ball. (You can also work with smaller pieces.)  Smooth out the paper and paint it with a generous coat of the tinted water.

3. Blot the paper unevenly with a sponge or rag, creating a mottled finish.

Another map craft coming to CraftsnCoffee.com tomorrow!

4. Repeat, if you’d like a darker finish.

5. When dry, iron flat.

I think you’re going to love tomorrow’s map craft — I know I do! Here’s a sneak peek.

Till tomorrow, happy crafting!

Sharon ,

You really know how to work with your good imagination. I thought this was a great idea. I hope its ok that I post it. Thanks, Anna