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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
Just remember, never laminate a picture unless it is a copy. The laminate can get scratched and foggy and your picture can be ruined.
By Great Granny Vi
By Suzanne S.
This only takes a little bit of the map, but you can make a lot of them. Cut shapes of cars, bikes, trucks, etc (any type of transportation) out of a heavy card stock. With a good glue, adhere the map onto the card stock, making sure the edges are turned over or cut nicely. If you want you can decoupage it. Add buttons for the tires, And add a pinback to the back and you have a pin ready to wear. Without the pinback you can use as decorating. Just have fun with the idea!
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!
By Pam from L.A., CA
What kind of glue do you use, and how do you do this?