Destinations Stupidly Simple: Make Your Own Map Placemats

Stupidly Simple: Make Your Own Map Placemats

I always bring home random maps and flyers from my travels, because I simply cannot pass up a free souvenir. However, once I get them home I realize that I have little to no use for them, and they end up sitting in a storage bin under my bed. Lately I’ve started haphazardly pinning them to my bedroom wall to make a sort of large-form travel collage, but even that has lost its novelty (and will probably remain unfinished). Luckily for me, and for all the other map hoarders in the world, there’s a simple way to turn these miscellaneous travel mementos into map placemats.

All you have to do is take them to the nearest Kinkos and having them laminated. Hm… I suppose you probably could have figured this craft out on your own, as it is hardly a Pinterest-worthy DIY project. But here’s a video explaining it again for good measure:

How to Reuse Your Old Road Maps as Placemats

Map placemats: the craft for the downwardly mobile traveler who hates arts and crafts.

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  1. That’s a fun idea! I’ve also thought about picking up some cool-looking maps or even antique-looking maps and hanging them up in a frame around the house. Whenever you see them you’ll be reminded of your fab trip!


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