DIY Wall Map from Thistle Key Lane

DIY Wall Map

There is something about vintage maps that I adore. It must be the faded colors, or printing styles, or maybe the artwork, or just the funny village names. No doubt this one’s a treasure! Today I’m going to show how to make a DIY wall map, to add to your decor.

Vintage wall map added over the bed in the guest room.


I’m guessing the vintage map is circa 1890 to 1900 based on the artist’s rendering. It was designed to be folded into a convenient pocket-size booklet for cyclist and tourist. It also has a brief historical account of the region, road routes for cyclists, railway rates and an index of towns and villages.


Vintage pocket map for tourist.


Pocket map made with a fabric backing and easily folds up.


Up close map details of a vintage map.


After carefully removing the map from the booklet I gathered the following supplies.


  • 2 dowels
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • painters tape
  • ribbon (or string)


Supplies need for a DIY Wall Map.


You may be wondering why I put painters tape on the supply list, so I’ll explain. This particular tape is for delicate surfaces and even though the map is in very good condition, I didn’t want to damage the back of the map with hot glue. My thought was that if I didn’t like the way the map looked mounted on the dowels, I could dismantle without harming the back.

If I were using the same technique on something less delicate, I might not use the painters tape. It’s just a suggestion and completely optional depending on your needs.


A few supplies hot glue, dowels and tape.



  1. Cut dowels to the desired length.
  2. Add tape to top and bottom edges on the back of the map.
  3. Using a glue gun add hot glue to top edge and quickly press dowel in place. Repeat on the bottom edge.
  4. Tie a ribbon or string to the dowel on each side of the map to hang.


Ribbon attached to dowels to hang a wall map.


For added interest I used a piece of black ribbon with a white camera pattern as the hanger. I think it add a touristy feel to the vintage map and looks great in the guest room over the bed.


Wall map with a ribbon for a hanger.



Keep this for a simple decor idea. DIY Wall Map.


Well, what do you think? It’s a simple project and makes an interesting focal point above the bed in the guest room, although it might get moved to the studio so I can enjoy it too. If you have questions or comments I would love to hear from you. Hope you have a great week ahead!



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15 thoughts on “DIY Wall Map

  1. Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows says:

    Vintage maps are special! I like the way you’ve mounted and hung yours. It looks great with the bedding in the room.

    Years ago when I was a beginning teacher, I bought stacks of old maps at Half Price Books. It’s amazing to look back on maps of other countries and realize names that no longer exist.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Every time I look at this map I see something I didn’t notice before. You’re right vintage maps are special. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal says:

    I like your map project, Michelle! I’m glad that you used the Frog tape to protect the map so that you can remount it later back into it’s booklet. Pinned to my Crafts and Sewing board to save for later. Such an easy and fun project!

    Happy spring,
    Barb 🙂

  3. Botanic Bleu says:

    There is something to adore about the soft colors of old maps. Using the Frog tape is a good idea to avoid damaging the map. Love this idea and the look!


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