My dad’s one of those guys who is really hard to come up with presents for. He loves travelling and family photos though, so one of the gifts I made him for Christmas this year was a couple of map frames.
All I needed was a couple of pictures, wide frames (I used 4×6 plain wood frames from Ikea), Mod Podge, and some maps. I’ve seen a ton of map projects I love on pinterest, so I’ve been looking for maps at garage sales and thrift stores for a while now, but haven’t found anything decent. At my local Half Price Books, though, they had about 10 copies of Goode’s Atlas, which is full of 200+ pages of colorful maps of everywhere for only $5.
I picked out maps from the same locations as the pictures I’d chosen(Australia/New Zealand and Southern Africa), and cut them into strips wide enough to wrap around each side of the frame. I only needed one page of map for each 4×6 frame. I then coated the frame with a thin layer of Mod Podge using a foam brush and pressed on the map pages. For each paper strip, I started with the front face of the frame and then wrapped it around to the back on the top and bottom making sure I had nice creased edges and smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles as I went.
Once the entire frame was covered, I went over the maps again with another layer of Mod Podge to seal everything. This gave the frames a nice finish and will keep any overlapping edges from peeling up or tearing.
The picture on the left is from something called ‘zorbing’ that we did in Australia – where you basically get in a giant blow-up ball and roll down a hill, which was awesome! (link here) The other one is from a cool place in South Africa where a guy raises and trains elephants and we got to play with them.
I obviously used maps to cover these frames, but this technique could be applied with any paper-type substance – scrapbook paper, book pages, and sheet music would all look awesome too!