When I first saw this project over at From Gardners 2 Bergers, I immediately contacted Becca to see if she’d like to share it with you all. I love everything about it, and I hope you will to! Here’s Becca:
Hey there, Lovely Crafty Home readers! My name is Becca and I blog over at From Gardners 2 Bergers.

I was totally excited for the chance to share a post with you guys. Rachel asked me to share a project I posted a week or two ago.

I’m a fan of Restoration Hardware’s Map Art- I made these knock offs a few months ago.
Well, I was brainstorming a way to get bigger version of this MAP art- but also trying to figure a way to keep costs low. I figured I could use the same tutorial- {which explains on how to blow up a jpeg image of a map and keep the high resolution.}
But also- I could print off INDIVIDUAL color pages and pay per page rather then paying 60+ bucks for one giant color print off.
Which reminded me of this super-sized map art, Decoupage Paris Map, at Restoration Hardware.
They sell a decoupaged reproduction map of Paris for a couple thousand bucks! Crazy!
 Well- if they can mod podge- then so can I. Here’s what you need to recreate the look.
 1] Get your Image: Use this tutorial to get your jpeg images of your map- or whatever else you’re blowing up
2] Print’em off: I prefer to print mine off with a laser printer when I’m going to decoupage them. So off to Staples I went. I had them do a couple test sizes- trying to determine how large I could get my map before it got too pixelated- and finally settled on the largest image I could get.
But you could also go in with specific measurement in mind and that would be easy too.
3] Cut Wood or Canvas: Once I knew how large I could get my map, I had a piece of mdf cut to size.
4]Get you Images Ready: Use a paper cutter to cut off all the excess white boarders on each page
5] Deoupage: Use Mod Podge to decoupage each piece of your map puzzle together. I started in the top corner and worked one at a time.
Brush mod podge onto your surface, then onto the back of the paper and adhere. Burnish the front of the map- making sure to work out any bubbles.
6] Edges: Either: Wrap the Map around the edges and Mod Podge them down, see where my white arrows are in the above image? That was my overhang. Or- if your map is too small to do that, you can paint the edges a matching color.
 7] Seal you Map: Use a final coat of Mod Podge to cover the front and seal the work together.
My map ended up being about 3 1/2 feet by 4 1/2 feet- perfect for over the guest bed. Like I mentioned- I wanted it as big as I could get it- without having losing detail via pixelation.
 The placement had me thinking of these pics I had pinned on Pinterest. I believe all of these, mine included, are maps of Paris.

The Cost:
Color Copies: $12
Mdf: $10 {I purchased a small piece to save money}
Hanging Hardware: $6
I already had: Brush, Mod Podge, Paper Cutter, Paint
 RH sells theirs for $1,700 to $2,450. Super rad savings, right?
But I did go out and buy a special cleat that allows me to hang heavy art on the wall. I don’t need this thing falling on my Grandma when she comes for a visit! ;-) I also used the same type of cleat to hang my headboard in this post- in case you’d like to see what it looks like and how it works. Oh yeah- it cost 10 bucks but you can buy it at Hobby Lobby with a coupon and save 40%.
For any nosey readers- I mention all the time how this room has to “do it all” as a sparebedroom/craft room/ office/storage room. Here you can see how close the desk is. Just keeping it real, folks!
I hope you guys will have a chance to stop by my little blog.
Here’s the link to all my other knock offs!!

One Response

  1. Becca

    Thanks so much for having me today! It was so fun to share over here on your awesome blog!!
    xo Becca


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