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Go global without leaving home: 6 ways to decorate with maps

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.

Map wallpaper

TheInspiredRoom.com
TheInspiredRoom.com

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

ThePaintedHive.net
ThePaintedHive.net

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.

Map-lined tray

ValleyandColifestyle.com
ValleyandColifestyle.com

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

PaisleySprouts.blogspot.com
PaisleySprouts.blogspot.com

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

AmbrosiaGirl.com
AmbrosiaGirl.com

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

PrettyHandyGirl.com
PrettyHandyGirl.com

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.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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