Maps get updated often and so it doesn't take long for a map to get out of date. That leaves a lot of old maps to find uses for but fortunately there are many ways to use them. This is a guide about uses for old maps.
I invested in a laminating machine from the office store a few years ago for some craft projects, and really got carried away. I had scads of road maps (available for free from each state's tourism office). I cut these to fit my kitchen drawers, laminated them, and slid them in. They can be wiped free of crumbs and spills, and are fun drawer-liners.
Then I laminated some brochures from our favourite RV parks, and use them as placemats at rest stops. For the motorhome, I laminated one entire map to use as a giant placemat to cover the whole dining table - it can be rolled up, held together with a rubber band and stored away in the RV. And all of these nice things were free, except the cost of the lamination.
By Lady Eleanour from The Rocket City
I love these ideas. What kind of and how big a laminator would be best for home uses, such as you mentioned? Do you remember where you got it?
Could you use clear contac paper instead of laminating?
Just remember, never laminate a picture unless it is a copy. The laminate can get scratched and foggy and your picture can be ruined.
Here are some creative uses for old maps. I used an old map to cover the top of a badly scratched desk. Laid the map on top and covered with a piece of glass I had cut to order.
You can wall paper a small area with maps or even foreign language newspapers. When I was a kid I just LOVED a hallway of some friends of my parents which was papered in National Geographic maps!