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Map Placemat Decoupage Idea

By: Claire Armstrong from
Map Placemat Decoupage Idea
Map Placemat Decoupage Idea
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In the Designer's Words: "Revamp tired old table mats, (or make new ones with cork tiles), with maps of your favourite cities. Not only do these maps look fantastic but they really spark conversation round the dinner table as everyone reminisces about about trips to the city. This is a very easy decoupage craft, that costs very little to make. You can use maps that you may have collected from your travels or download free ones from the internet. These maps would also make a fantastic personalised gift."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Old table mats or cork tiles
  • Maps - There are links on my blog to download free ones.
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Waterproof/Heat resistant varnish


  1. Prime your maps with a 50/50 glue water solution.

  2. Cut your map to size

  3. Apply glue to map and mat.

  4. Place map on top of mat carefully using a ruler or rolling pin to squeeze out any bubbles.

  5. Once dry, coat with 2 to 3 layers of varnish leaving to dry between each coat.

NotesI collect the free tourist maps from all the cities I visit and these are perfect for this. However there are some fantastic vintage ones on the internet you can download for free (links on my blog). They do look awesome and are a great for memories. I used maps of London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm and Budapest.

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This looks fun! Making some for my daughter's birthday party!

What a great idea! I am thinking of making them from world maps and using them for my grandkids. What better way to learn about geography and the world? I need a refresher course myself since many countries have been renamed since I was in school. Eat and leArn with grandma.


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