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:
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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!!
-xoxo-

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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