Have you always wondered how to antique papers? Today, Kathleen George shares her special recipe for antiquing maps, book pages, or any other paper you want to look old. And then, you can make Kathleen’s beautiful Vintage Map Eggs with your newly “antiqued” maps. Be sure to antique extra map pages, because I have links to a few more map crafts, too.
To make Vintage Map Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 4” eggs; foam block or scrap piece
- Vintage maps, or antique your own*
- Baker’s twine
- Paper glue
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewers
To make Vintage Map Eggs:
1. Using a sharp pencil, mark the center top and bottom of the egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Insert a wooden skewer into the wide end to use as a handle.
2. Using the pattern, cut six segments from the map. Make tiny snips along the edges to help the pieces lay flat on the curved egg.
3. Spread a thin layer of paper adhesive on the egg using paintbrush. Working from the narrow end to the wide end, attach a paper segment to the egg, smoothing it out as you go. Add more small snips, if needed, so the paper is flat. Repeat, until the egg is covered. Insert the skewer into the foam block or a scrap piece to hold the egg upright while it dries.
4. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
5. Gently twist the skewer to remove it. Cove the hole with a ½” square of paper.
- Wrap four, 5” lengths of baker’s twine around each egg, and tie each strand in a knot. Trim ends to about 1”.
*How to “antique” maps for a vintage look:
- 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.
- Crumple into a ball a 6” x 18” piece of a map. Smooth out the paper and paint it with a generous coat of the tinted water.
- Blot the paper unevenly with a sponge or rag, creating a mottled finish.
- Repeat, if you’d like a darker finish.
- When dry, iron flat.
- You can also age the baker’s twine by dipping it in the mixture, and then letting it dry.
Here are a few more ways to repurpose old maps.
There are more eggs to share in this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Do you have a favorite yet?