Uses for Old Maps

Maps get updated often and so it doesn't take long for a map to get out of date.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.

October 9, 2009 Flag
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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

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October 12, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea!

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October 12, 20090 found this helpful

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?

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August 28, 20100 found this helpful

Could you use clear contac paper instead of laminating?

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October 22, 20100 found this helpful

Just remember, never laminate a picture unless it is a copy. The laminate can get scratched and foggy and your picture can be ruined.

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

My mother used to cover particularly colorful souvenir paper placemats from her travels with clear contact paper to use over & over. It would be harder with large pieces, as it then gets awkward to apply straight.

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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.

Uses for Old Maps, Photo of an old map.

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April 25, 2006 Flag

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!

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