Cartographical Creativity: 10 unique uses for old maps

We at GearJunkie love maps. Unabashedly, our office is filled with them, from past adventure races, road trips, dogsledding excursions, and more. We got to thinking how we could put these adventure relics to use. Here’s what we found, a few creative “upcycle” options to convert your old map into wall art, magnets, or something completely unexpected and new. —Amy Oberbroeckling

Sophisticated wall art via Creative Juices Decor

Make your own magnets; Photo via Natalme

Turn your map into a cork board; Photo via design*sponge

Maps from alleycat bike races serve as GearJunkie office art

Decorate a notebook; Photo via Ruby Murray

Orienteering map held up by an ice axe in our office

Map coasters; Photo via Angie Holden

Wrap special presents; Photo via Ruby Murray

State map and DIY frame by Kevin Fonger

Decoupage a table (or anything really); Photo via Prim and Proper

—Amy Oberbroeckling is assistant editor.

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Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.