Mad Scientist Monday #1: Decorating with Maps

Day 170:
A new feature here on Momtastic Stitchery ~Mad Scientist Mondays~ where my family and I concoct and share a different creation every week spawned from a combination of found objects and 'junk' we find around the house, in nature, in the car or while thrifting.  

Mostly 'cause its fun and 'cause we are a family of self-described Syfy nerds we will be introducing you to our favorite mad scientists~some we hope you already know.  Moving on....

Dr. Horrible from Dr. Horrible's Sing a Long Blog
"I mean, if you're gonna get into the Evil League of Evil, you have to have a memorable laugh."
We consider ourselves a fairly eclectic and artistic family.  We like to recycle and make regular trips to the drop off center but we really like to do is turn nothing into something or old things into new things.  Why?  Its fun, we're cheap and its something fun AND cheap to do together.  Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we have epic fails, both are spectacularly fun to do.  Fun because we love doing things together as a family.  I hope that you too will have fun following our adventures as well as maybe trying one of our projects in your home or even coming up with your own ideas!  Get the whole family involved and don't be afraid of hitting that switch to see if your project will come to life!

Here goes nothing......you have a wall in the house that is not quite as interesting to look at + maps from the car that are outdated or irrelevant (such as maps of Florida from years ago when you live in New Mexico ya know almost 2,000 miles away) + leftover pressboard partition pieces from a shelving unit


Figure out what part of the map you want to use and cut map to size of pressboard pieces
 HEY is that my FABRIC ONLY rotary cutter ~**Grumble^&%** SiGH

Brush glue (we used Elmer's because we had it in the house)on to board evenly~not too thick not too thin, be sure to get along the edges
FYI Remember to allow for plenty of time to make glue hands, bonus points for not ripping and pulling it off intact

Lay the paper onto the gluey board all at once to avoid air bubbles or wrinkles~use a buddy to help  if you need it

Then smooth the paper from the center out to the edges~don't press too hard over the same area or  the paper may rip

They are used maps so there are going to be wrinkles and paper variations~its ok it adds character to the display~just do your best to smooth it out as much as you can
 We did not put anything over the maps~ several of us are asthmatics and strong smells really bother us so we just try not to use them but if we find a sprayable or paint on protective lacquer type material we might do it later...another idea is to laminate the map pieces ahead of time or even put a thin plastic sheet over the top of the maps (cut to size, available at most home DIY stores) and then clip it to the backs of the boards. You could even use heavy cardboard instead of pressboard or wood for the backs.   For our purposes we were trying to use up stuff around the house without having to buy new stuff.

Maps were hung with small nails placed under and above the boards.

We used portions of maps from places where each of us were born, lived and traveled or wish to travel.  Another cool idea would be to collage bits of memorabilia from places onto the maps~nature finds (rocks, seashells, etc.), pictures, brochures, postcards~really use your imagination and memories.
We even hung up our old license plates and plan on getting a couple more  from the other States we have lived in.
 I can totally see this being a great project for military families or anybody who tends to move around alot.

We have some more projects lined up already for the next few weeks~frankly we are always coming up with  creative things to do in our house so we hope you will enjoy the sharing!  Please feel free to share back.....what will you create today?

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