Thursday, October 8, 2009

Recycling Old Maps

I was going through a huge pile of things from Korea when I noticed that we had accumulated many maps of Seoul. It brought back a lot of memories looking at them. I had bought some cork squares on EBay and never got around to using them and they were perfect for my project. Map coasters!

All you need is cork squares, an old map, Exacto knife, glue stick, bone folder, Mod Podge and a paint brush. I began by tearing the map along the fold lines which was slightly larger than the cork square.

Use the glue stick to coat the entire surface of the cork square and press the map onto the top. Use the bone folder to smooth out the air bubbles. Then use the Exacto knife to cut around the cork square and remove the excess map pieces.

It will look like this when you are finished.

Get out the Mod Bodge and paint a coat onto the square.

Let dry and repeat with a second coat. Finished! These were so much fun to make. These make a great Christmas gift and it's never too early to think about Christmas when you are a crafter.


  1. Amen on that one sister...LOL. I like this project. I was looking for something different to do this year and this would make a great gift.

  2. Couldn't you also get something to cover them and make them into mousepads? I know some of them are the more fabric type ones but I have one that is more glued over the paper part, the really thin mousepads seem to have this. I don't know, just thought of that when I saw the coasters. Very cute!


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