September 5, 2012

DIY Faux Vintage Pull Down Map + Link Party

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I have a total crush on vintage pull down maps! I can remember being in grade school & sitting there pulling them down and letting them fly shut. I can still remember the sound + smell they made! 

I would love to own an authentic one, but they are so expensive! So I opted for a cheaper alternative! Make my own faux version! 

I started with these super cute & cheap prints from On Paper, an incredibly cute store I found on a recent trip to Columbus.  They were $5 each & I got a few different ones! LOVE! You can also purchase them on their website!

I glued the edges of the paper to dowel rods I cut to size. 

I used a tab from the back of an old photo frame I don't use to create the faux pull down look. Simply screw it in the center of the dowel rod!

I put nails in each side of the dowel rod & twisted wire around them to hang the map. 
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This project was easy & really created a great look!  I'm still holding out for the day I find an authentic vintage pull down map for a steal...but until then, this one creates the look I wanted!   
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I loved how it turned out so I decided to make one for Lucy's Nursery!  Oh, and stay tuned tomorrow for a mini home tour of the rest of my living room! 
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I will be linking up with:
Tatortots & Jello
Vintage Wannabee
Sundae Scoop
Sew Chatty
Today's Creative Blog
30 Handmade Days


Gina said...

genius! i need to make one of these :).

Brittany@Love Stitched said...

So cute! I love teh look of those maps too! darling

Lauren @ Gypsy Pioneer said...

I love this! I have been obsessed with decorating with maps and this is perfect...thanks!

Paula@SweetPea said...

What a great idea! I've been looking on Ebay for a pull down map and haven't found one that I like. I just may try your DIY version. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Heise said...

Visiting from tatertots & jello... LOVE this idea! Super creative!

On Paper said...

Thanks for sharing our site with your readers! LOVE this DIY project -- hope you don't mind if we share this around to our fans!


Emily @ On Paper

moonsword said...

ohgoodgolly supercool idea! Thanks for the link to On Paper's site...I love the Art Deco-ish "Monuments of Paris" map, and all their beautiful gift wraps and ppst cards!
I found you through Today's Creative Blog...cheers!

Kelly Mann said...

Awesome DIY! I have been looking everywhere for an affordable and vintage looking map for my nursery and couldn't find anything! just placed my order and will be attempting something similar in the near future! Great job!

Kelly Mann said...

Just wanted you to know that I did my own version and linked to your post! Have a great day!


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