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Make Road Map Bird Houses

13 April 2013 2,682 views 5 Comments

by rhonda

Make Road Map Bird Houses

Every year or two, my husband and I like to replace our road maps with new ones. It's always nice to have up-to-date maps, but then we are left with the conundrum of what to do with the old ones. They're too interesting to throw away but no longer serve a practical purpose for us so keeping them seems kind of silly - unless they are to be given new life in a craft project! Amanda at Crafts by Amanda used some old maps to dress up wooden bird houses, and they turned out absolutely adorable. What else would you decorate with outdated or unused maps? [how to make road map birdhouses]

Project estimate:

  • Bird house, $1 and up
  • Maps, on hand
  • Paint, on hand or $1 and up
  • Mod Podge, on hand

Total: $1 and up

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  • Amanda said:

    Thank you so much for the feature Rhonda, I really appreciate it! I’m always looking for new ways to use maps, and this was a really fun project for me :)

  • Anne in NC said:

    Love the birdhouses! I use old maps for wrapping paper.

  • Sherry said:

    Those are really cute!

  • Junk-In-My-Footlocker-Trunk said:

    I think decorating old suitcases and trunks with used maps would be an equally creative use of them :D

  • Jill S. said:

    Old maps and old road atlas pages are my favorite type of wrapping paper (plus they take up a lot less space than rolls of paper). Not to mention cute background papers for cards and scrapbooks. I like the idea to use with a suitcase. Might try to line one with some maps. Love the birdhouses!