Summertime map craft: Make Vintage Map Deco Cubes

Kathleen George put her vintage maps on display when she made these beautiful, Vintage Map Deco Cubes. If you don’t have vintage maps, Kathleen also shares her technique for antiquing paper, giving a new map a vintage patina. You can also skip the antiquing, and simply use a fold-out map or the page from an atlas, or even map theme scrapbook paper. It’s a fun way to remember a summertime road trip!

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

Vintage Map Deco Cubes by Kathleen George.

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 tomorrow!

Sneak peek!

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!


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5 Responses to Summertime map craft: Make Vintage Map Deco Cubes

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  2. LisaM6 says:

    what a great tut. Paste? I will have to see about getting some. What a fun way to teach the kids about places you have been. I will have to do some searching to find the maps I bought years ago. 🙂

  3. LOVE these!!! I would love to make these with clock papers!! Adding it to my gotta do list! Thanks for the inspiration!
    On another note, my granddaughter is obsessed with the Styrofoam balls you sent to us. She has a special bin in my Craft Room and she keeps them in there. When she gets to our house the first thing she does is to go and make sure they are there and then she plays with them for hours while I create at my work table. She likes to play with the cat with them also but gets upset if the cat bats them out of my craft room because she wants to keep them in there. LOL Thank you so much for sending them and giving her such joy!

    • Sharon says:

      The clock paper would be lovely, and really, there are so many pretty papers and themes to choose from. You keep that little girl playing with the craft supplies — we want her to grow up with a glue gun in her hands! Sharon

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