May 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM ET
Maps can be used for more than geography homework or dreaming up new travels. They can also be transformed into conversational home décor with just a few dollars and a little creative spirit. Check out these clever ways to incorporate classic maps into your home.
Bring a drab hallway or entryway to life by plastering it with colorful maps hung simply with push pins. The Inspired Room has a charming example.
Map-covered coffee table
It takes just a few dollars and a coffee table salvaged from Craigslist to create a map-topped piece of furniture almost too pretty to put your feet on. Visit The Painted Hive for the details.
This easy project idea gives a simple serving tray or bar cart a major "wow" factor, using an evocative map and some Mod Podge. Find how how to make it on Valley & Co.
Map pendant light
While it looks intricate, this pendant map is actually easy to make, using a basic paper lantern as the base. Head over to Paisley Sprouts for the instructions.
Map-covered marquee letter
Make the marquee-letter decorating trend totally your own (not to mention totally affordable) with a large map-covered initial. Ambrosia Creative has the tutorial.
Vintage map lampshade
An ordinary white lampshade can become the focal point of an entire room—plus a wonderful reminder of a treasured vacation or beloved hometown—when covered with a vintage map. Check out the tutorial for this creative piece on Pretty Handy Girl.