map wall typography

Decoupage Map Wall Letters 3 copy

I made these easy little letters to go in my son's bedroom. It is a vintage airplane theme and after switching things around a little, we had an empty space that needed something fun.

For this project I used an old atlas that is really special to me. I used the atlas from about age 25-33, when I was moving and traveling all over the country. I drove back and forth from Utah to Pennsylvania, North Carolina to Texas, and Denver to Pennsylvania.  All those drives were made on my own in my old car that i still miss. It was a liberating time when I had no agenda, no plan, and no rules. It was amazing and a big part of who I am today. The atlas is now beat up and so old that I don't 100% trust it, but I wasn't going to just toss it. I needed to find a way to save that piece of my history!

I buy these letters as Hobby Lobby when they are 40% off, each comes to about $1.25.  I tried to use states that were most meaningful, and I spent a lot of time exploring Arizona and had a great trip to California with my husband and daughter when she was 1....and those states fit the shape of my letters best:)

Decoupage Map Wall Letters 4

I spray painted the edges a nice blue to match the map and let that dry. Next, I painted each letter with Mod Podge, laid the map on top, then used an x-acto knife to cut around the edges. One more final coat of Mod Podge and these babies were done. Super fast and super easy!

Decoupage Map Wall Letters 2 copy

Every time I look at these I remember those wonderful times and am reminded to push my kids to have grand adventures of their own! Do you have any meaningful items in your kids rooms? My nephew has an old car lamp that my husband has in his room as a kid, and my niece has her grandmother's rocking chair. I love having history and love filling the rooms that are growing our kids!

Decoupage Map Wall Letters 6 copy


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  1. I love this idea, Kim! the outcome is just great!

  2. Julie @ Being Home says:

    This is a cute idea! I really like the way it looks. 🙂

  3. Mary Francis says:

    Thanks Kim–this gives me another idea for my office that will hopefully get done this winter. It’s a bonus that the map colors will go well with bargain fabric that I already have for slip-covering my ugly office chair. Being able to pin ideas like these will make the whole process so much easier.

    • Doesn’t Pinterest help so much when redoing a room? It has put me on a never ending carousel of room redos because I keep finding new and fabulous ideas!

  4. This is a great idea for recycling old maps! I really like how they turned out. They look really nice. I have been holding on to my old maps, not sure what I’m going to make yet. But keeping them till I figure it out (-;

  5. Love this idea. My kids love maps. Already thinking of ideas for their room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Kim,
    Saw you at Tator Tots and Jello. I love maps and words, so this is the best of both. I can’t wait to make this for my teen room as we call it.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  7. Love these! I’m a sucker for map projects 🙂

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