I love maps! They are one of my favorite things. Why do I love them so much? Two reasons:
No.1 They are interactive works of art – filled with color and interest. I love to travel – maps help me see where I am going in relationship to where I am and everything in between.
No. 2 They make me feel smart. I did not enjoy most subjects when I was a kid in school, but I always got an A+ in Geography. Since I was a visual learner, I had no problem remembering where Iowa or Lithuania was. I remembered states and countries by color and could fill in an empty map on a test in no time flat.
When I was thinking about new shelf organizing ideas to replace a few broken plastic storage baskets in the open front dresser in my mudroom, I thought of shoe boxes and…
… maps to go with the world travel theme I have going on in the room.
I found an old world atlas at the thrift store. It had small pages that would not fully cover the boxes gift wrap style.
Martha Stewart Decoupage to the rescue. Since maps have a somewhat busy pattern, I could piece them onto the boxes. You would not notice where one map starts and another ends.
You can buy the decoupage at Michaels Craft Stores.
I used the durable matte finish. It also comes in a durable gloss finish. It can be used on all surfaces – glass, metal, ceramic, fabric, paper, lace, trims… anything.
After my first dip of the brush into the bottle, I knew it was different from any other decoupage medium I have used. It went on super smooth and after it dried, it did not feel tacky at all – best part, it did not wrinkle the maps at all like other decoupage mediums I have used.
My boxes will always be inside, but you can use this decoupage on outdoor projects and even wash your projects on the top rack of the dishwasher. I won’t be washing my boxes anytime soon, but I can’t wait to use the decoupage on glass.
How to Decoupage Maps to a Cardboard Shoebox
- Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Multi-Surface Durable Matte Finish
- Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Crafts Paint in Pearl – Twilight Blue
- Maps – I used an atlas I had, but maps and many types of decorative paper are part of the Martha Stewart Decoupage line that you can purchase at Michaels
- Martha Stewart Decoupage brush
- Craft knife, scissors, pencil, and a ruler
- Optional – metal label holders
Paint inside of shoeboxes and let dry. I needed 2 coats.
1. Cover the ends of the box first. Lay the end on the section of map you want to use. Trim the map leaving about 1/2-inch all around the box.
2. Make a cut on all 4 sides to make folding the map over each corner easier.
3. Brush on the decoupage medium on the box and the back of the paper. Center and smooth with your hands. Make sure you get any air bubbles out.
4. Brush more decoupage medium on the paper that will go over the top and side edges. Smooth the sides down and push the cut flap into the box.
5. Press map over top edge.
6. Go over the entire piece with one coat of decoupage medium.
7. Repeat on the other end, then cover the sides and bottom of the box.
8. Once the box is covered, brush on 2– 3 coats of decoupage to seal and protect the maps. Let each coat dry before applying the next.
9. I found the adhesive-backed metal label holders at the office supply store. I made the labels using Microsoft Word on my computer and printed them onto card stock.
The font is LD Corsair.
Fill the boxes with your junk, stuff, and misc. items.
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