Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Map Art

The wall to the left as you look at our bed was in desperate need of something. It's the first wall you see as you walk into the room so you really notice its blankness.

I spent awhile looking around for something I liked and was big enough for this wall. Nothing really caught my eye that was large enough that didn't cost an arm and a leg so when I happend across a site by Stamen Designs, I got the idea to make a large piece of art from many small ones. The site is a searchable map of the world with different views like toner, terrain and water color. You can create images of various sizes so I made map tiles of Budapest, Hungary where both Nate and I studied abroad (and both love). I printed them out on card stock and put them in some Ikea frames. I used the toner view so that we could see all the street names.

 To personalize it a little more, we used wax pencils to mark off various things in the city like our apartments, the school we went to and all our favorite restaurants.

Since I already had the card stock, the only cost of this project was the frames so for about $80 we now have a nice large piece of art for our bedroom.

Linking To: Hi Sugar Plum, The Great Indoors, House of Hepworths, My Repurposed Life, Our Delightful Home, Five Days Five Ways, Serenity Now, Lovely Etc., The Rooster and the Hen, Six Sisters Stuff, Tatertots and Jello, Wayward Girls Crafts, Twigg Studio, Serendipity and Spice, Ask Anna, Home Stories A to Z, Uncommon Designs, House wives of RivertonCrafty Texas GirlsSouthern InstituteWatch out Martha!,http://www.myrepurposedlife.net/


  1. very nice! I love how you personalized it with the marks for special places, too :)

  2. What a fun and creative idea. Love it. I host a weekly party called Inspire Me Tuesday that will be live tomorrow evening. I would love for you to link up. www.astrollthrulife.net. Hugs, Marty

  3. What a cute project! It doesn't look cluttered with the black and white details, and I love that it has a special meaning to you. How unique that you studied abroad in Hungary! =)

  4. Oh this is so smart, especially to make wall art out of folded maps!