Vintage maps are a great addition to any room and can be a fabulous conversation piece. But vintage maps, especially pull-down classroom maps carry a steep price tag! Here’s a tutorial for you to turn any map into a faux classroom-style map.
You will need:
- Large map
- Wooden poles or dowels cut to size (I used two old flag poles)
- Tools: packing tape and staple gun
- (Optional) Paint or stain
Use heavy-duty packing tape on the back of your map to reinforce the edges and repair any tears. Vintage classroom maps are typically made of thick canvas so they can stand up to hanging for many years. The tape will help make your paper map stronger.
If you would like, sand, then paint or stain your wooden dowels. You can also affix decorative finials to the ends. All of these materials can be found at home improvement stores.
Wrap the top and bottom edges of your map around your dowels and secure with a staple gun.
Loop twine around the ends of your top pole and hang from a nail or hook.
Enjoy your new piece of art!