DIY Map Mosaic

DIY Map Mosaic

Use designer Kenneth Wingard’s instructions to create a fun wall display.


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Show off your favorite area of the world with this fun mosaic that is simply made from a paper map, canvas and glue.

Materials
Paper map (or any desired photograph)
Various sizes of artist stretched canvases or wood panels
Decoupage glue
Paintbrush
Polyurethane sealant
Pencil
Scissors
Hammer
Standard picture hanging hardware

Instructions

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  1. Lay the map face up on a clean, spacious working area.
  2. Arrange the canvases face down on top of the map, in the arrangement you would like them to be displayed on the wall. Using a pencil, trace each canvas’ outline onto the face on the map.

Tip: You do not need to fit the canvases together tightly on top of the map. There can be gaps in between each canvas.

  1. Cut out each traced portion of the map with a pair of scissors.
  2. Turn each canvas over, so they are facing upward and lay the cutout pieces of the map on top of each corresponding canvas.
  3. Once you have placed the map pieces correctly, one by one remove the map and apply the decoupage glue onto the top of the canvas with a paintbrush. Adhere each map piece into place on the canvas, with all of the edges and sides lined up appropriately. Allow 24 hours to dry.
  4. Once the decoupage glue has dried, apply1-2 even coats of polyurethane sealant to the top of each canvas, using a paintbrush. Let dry overnight.
  5. Once the sealant has dried, hang the canvases in place with standard picture hanging hardware, recreating the composition of the map.

Tip: If your map starts to bubble as the sealant dries, poke a small hole with a pin or needle and smooth out the imperfection.

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Josan, Check listings for a local map store or look online for a store. You also find ones that have been copyright cleared on line that you can download and bring to a printing shop. This may work out to be cheaper. Have fun!

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I love the map mosaic. I would love to do my own. Where can I go to order an international country map?

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