Tutorial: framing a worn vintage map using decoupage

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Framed map of Lancashire

My mother-in-law’s birthday is looming in the horizon and this year I wanted to give her something with maps, since she is just as crazy about them as I am. We went to visit Bygone Times together over Easter and say several different maps. But I decided to have a peek on e-Bay where I found someone selling an old class-room map over Lancashire (where the family is from). I won the map and got it home. It turned out to be quite fragile and stained, but no-more so than I had expected. We were first thinking of framing it behind glass but a quick look at the size put a stop to that idea. Instead I came up with a plan of gluing it to a board and varnishing it till we got a smooth surface. Then to add a black frame made from some painted moldings.
This is what we used:

  • 1 vintage map – you could also do this to your favorite poster or a new map that you want to hang on the wall.
  • some sheet material (e.g. MDF) – you can expect to fit around 110cm wide on the shortest side into a normal size car.
  • a pot of glue and a brush to add it with
  • cloth pegs to fit the map onto the board correctly
  • heavy books to weigh down the glued map
  • a pot of varnish (clear)
  • a pot of paint for the frame (black)
  • enough mouldings to cut a frame
Vintage map of Lancashire