Laminate and Use Keepsake 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 Savannah from The Rocket City

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October 12, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea!

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?

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.

February 7, 20210 found this helpful

Love this idea!! I have map books from Europe that I no longer need (they're old and now all maps are on phones). These would make great gifts.


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