Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Every year or so I have an original, not copied from some blog, idea.
It's pretty awesome when that happens.
Amazingly, I've had two so far this year.
First, the ribbon banners and now this.
I think I've definitely reached my originality limits.

I turned an old bookcase we bought as a newly married couple at a yard sale for $10 from mangy (don't mind the dust)

into mapalicious! The total price for everything (including the bookcase)? $13.
I wasn't sure if it would all come together in the end or look completely ridiculous, but I love the results!

Here's what I used:
  • 3 packages of maps from the Dollar Tree (each package includes 2 maps)
  • spray craft adhesive-can be found at Walmart, Joanns, Hobby Lobby
I cut large main pieces and adhered them to the back of the bookcase with spray and then filled in the gaps with the various smaller pieces cut out from the continent/colored areas of the maps. I may end up going back to Mod Podge over everything if it doesn't hold well, but for now I think it is fine without the extra layer.I'm off to figure out what else can I glue a bunch of maps to.....


Kendra@My Insanity said...

Really fun!! I'll have to share this with my sister. She was wanting to incorporate maps in her sons' room. Hadn't thought to look at the dollar store. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sabrina said...

I love it! So creative and cute!

Lisa said...

Super neat! Great idea.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Oh my gosh! What a wonderful idea! Seriously - that map on the back is fantastic! You did a great job taking that shelf up to the next level. :)

Tammy said...

That's a great idea!

bed frames said...

That is one great idea. That bookcase is very beautiful and educational because of the map the you put. Is it still available? I want to have that bookcase.

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