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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{featured guest} Creative Juices Decor

I am so excited to do a guest post for Kierste!

I'm Selina from Creative Juices Décor.
What you will find on my blog is lots of inspiration for all your Creative Juices! I am an interior designer by degree and LOVE home design/decorating, thrift store shopping, healthy recipes and crafting. I have 3 young kids so I also have fun crafts for them too. Come stop by, I think you’ll be inspired!

Today I am going to show you how I turned a $2.00 thrift store map into a large piece of art!

map canvas 001

blk white color map

This project was inspired by wanting a large piece of art (on the cheap!) for my 7 year old son’s room. I had picked up this map from the thrift store for $2 and knew if I got my Creative Juices flowing I could figure a great way to use it! I went to Michaels and picked up a bunch of canvases at 40% off. I spent $29.00 on all 12.

Next I spray painted the edges with a left over blue from a previous project. I am a sucker for anything AGED looking so I lightly spray painted some brown on the edges too.

map canvas 005

Once dry, I brushed on some Mod Podge and attached my cut out map pieces.

map canvas 007

Once that dried (I turned them over to add some weight to the drying process) I wanted to age the edges just a little more so I took out my inking pad, or chalk pad, and “aged” the edges. I also put a little brown glaze on the map itself to try to give it some more character. Anyway, once dry I came back and put Mod Podge over the top, quite thick, and in criss-cross strokes.

VOILA!!! Really, that wasn’t too hard. Now I have a BIG piece of wall art for under $35.00!

thickness map

Stay creative with me folks – even if you didn’t find a map at a thrift store you could take this same technique and make a large canvas art display. Just apply Mod Podge to your photos and apply it to the canvas. It makes it look like a designer print on canvas. The possibilities are endless. How about cutting out a favorite fabric and applying that to the canvas?

front view

Thank you Brown Paper Packages!

I'd LOVE it if you readers would stop by and say hi! Smile I have a few fun pottery barn knockoffs and mod podged transformations I know will get your creative juices flowing!



Thank you so much Selina! I absolutely {love} her map art--like seriously LOVE! My son really wants a world map in his room, and I think this is the way I'm going to do it.



Blogger Ellen said...

Great idea! Looks like you paid a lot of money for this!

April 26, 2011 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Rhonda Merry said...

That looks amazing. My family loves maps and this is a must do. TFS.

April 26, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

wow what a fantastic idea! i have a bunch of old maps, this would be a fun project. xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

April 26, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Very cool! This looks so stylish.

April 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Eleanor Rae said...

Ooh this looks great. What exactly is Mod Podge? Is it like the PVA glue we get in the UK? xxx

April 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Selina said...

Reply @ Eleanor Rae: Yes, Mod Podge is pretty much a glue mixture with a small amount of water added to it. I believe the real Mod Podge has an acrylic or something that helps with that final sealant. Hope that Helps!

Reply @ Ellen: It cost me 35.00 for the entire project and I'm a cheapo but it is such a large piece of art that I think it was worth it. If you scroll down on my blog and read the comments some people have come up with ways to even make this cheaper!

Thanks everyone for leaving comments and to Kierste for letting me guest post!

April 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

What a great idea. I love this idea. I too would love to have a world map to share with my boys but the!!! TFS!!!

April 26, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Chessa said...

Great idea! I need to shop at the Thrift Store more often, I'm sure I could find a map too!

April 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Cindy P. said...

WOW, what a fabulous idea! It looks very rich and expensive. Super good job!

April 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Love the map art. Going to share it with my Facebook friends!

April 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Bryn Wimberley said...

Love this! Can you tell me what size your map is? I want to do this project for our baby room, and am planning on just ordering a map. Also, what sizes are your canvases?

October 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM  

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