February 9, 2012

✥ RH Oversized Map Art Knock Off [tutorial}✥

He-llo friends! I have another knock off for you guys today. Are you sick of them yet? I mean, you can tell me if you are...I really tried to have a different type of project ready for this week but the darn materials {I'm being sneaky and not telling you what materials} took sooo long to dry. I mean, grr! 
So instead I hope you guys will be head over heels for my new maps- cuz I know I am!
 On one of my most favorite blogs ever, The Painted Hive, Kristine made a super amazing map and used it as her headboard. I totally love her map and her use of it AND she added an excellent tutorial if you want to make your own over size map!! It's pretty sweet, right?
 I have 16"x20" frames flanking our sliding glass windows that have been crying out for some real art and I have been dying over Restoration Hardware's map art for ages!! So, I knew the second I saw Kristine's post that I would be making my own version of the art ASAP.
There are tons on Restoration Hardware's site to chose from for inspiration. Here's couple I used to help me look. I love the vintage feel of this "old" Paris map.The Graphics Fairy actually has an old vintage Paris map {it's linked up below too.}
I used this LA map as for inspiration for the maps I chose. I wanted maps with subtle colors but that wouldn't demand a lot of attention.

I scoured the Internet for ages, seriously- for days and days, trying to find the best map options out there. If you're looking for maps you want to search for public domain maps, open source maps or public library maps.  I collected quite the collection of awesomeness here in case you want to make your own!!

In Kristin's tutorial she says to find a zoomable map- but then again she was making an image 47"x23"! I only needed a 16x 20, remember? I still followed her tutorial- just to be certain I didn't have any mishaps, but I think I could've gotten away with printing some of them.
It's not hard at all to make these {you know, after you spend days looking for just the right ones!} To make oversized art, especially if it's huge like Kristine's, you want a "zoomable map."

1]  Just zoom into your map and take screen shots for each little section allowing for overlap until you've copied the entire map. 
2] Then use Word to overlap all the images into one complete pic.
Since I was copying Restoration Hardware's map art, I also changed the names for some of the maps I found so the towns would match up with the RH pieces. 
3] In order to match the color of the different RH maps I converted my files from Word to jpeg. Then I was able to upload them into photo editing software {now I use Pixlr instead of Picnik.} I could then change the colors of the maps to better mimic the inspiration pieces.
4] Once the images are jpegs you can also change the dimensions of the pic so it will fit the frame you have.
5] I went to Staples and printed out my maps in color. It turned out to be a little less than 10 bucks each and the quality of the each copy was near that of a photograph!.
Although I usually do things a little thriftier than $10 each I was still pretty pleased with the price. Any prints I could have purchased would have been more than $10- and they wouldn't have been exactly what I was looking for. That is unless I bought it from restoration Hardware and then it would have gotten exactly what I wanted but also would have paid around $1400 a piece!!!
That makes a savings of nearly $5600- yup, that's my best saving for a knock off yet!!
Here's a shot of the before:
And how it looks now. I tried to get a pic at the same angle, but thought I'd avoid the glare on my frames this time.
Don't forget to check out the other maps I'm crushin on right now. I've included several favorites for you guys! Some of them are linked to sites that have tons of options- like the NY public library's selection. I can't guarantee that each map I chose is big enough to blow up- but included the ones I loved anyhow!





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What have you guys been making with maps? I can think of a ton of ways to use the maps I linked up- what about you guys?




42 comments:

  1. That is so cool! I love all your amazing knock-off versions, you totally rock! And the coolest part, they actually look like the original OR BETTER! Very nice!

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  2. Awesome! I love old maps...may have to try this! Thank you so much for sharing your project.

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  3. Love these! I just printed a couple of old maps to make an anniversary gift with. I haven't gotten too far on it yet so I don't know how it's going to turn out.

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  4. Hello! Stopping by for the first time! Love the map project. Adds a lot of style and interest to a room. Looking forward to perusing many of your posts!

    Nice visiting with you this evening.
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  5. Way cute! I love this idea! You never cease to amaze me lady! Love ya!

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  6. I love this, my husband and I were talking about doing this! Thanks for the tips. :) I am super inspired to do this soon!

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  7. This is awesome - so subtle and gorgeous! Great job!

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  8. You always have the neatest projects! These are great! Thank you for sharing your lovely Valentine decor at Potpourri Friday!

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  9. Love these. Have to make some, now. I've seen lampshades redone with maps and I love the way they look, too. Thanks for adding to my new mania ;o)

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  10. they look great, i love maps at the moment, you always have great projects, i would love for you to link up at my new party starting today at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/
    i hope to see you there xxx

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  11. I love maps too and got a huge book at a garage sale this summer full of maps. I painted a table yesterday and I plan on mapping the top with these. Fun fun, thanks so much for all the info you gave on these and you room looks awesome with them as art.

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  12. 'Very nice! I've been trying to think of something to do for my office at work. This would be perfect! I could choose a location that is special to me! Thanks so much! -Marci

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  13. Your map art looks fabulous Becca. I LOVE maps and the memories and dreams of travel that they conjure up. I haven't done any crafty things with maps yet - but you've inspired me to look into it!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thank you for sharing. I have long been a fan of maps and particularly antique ones..RH has amazing pieces. This looks great!

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  15. Great job. And you can't beat the price.

    Holly

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  16. Beautiful job. I like the subtle colors.

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  17. Oh, I love these! After I get some big projects behind me that are kinda hanging over my head, I might try something like this for my school room.

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  18. Another fantastic knock off (and much less stress than the stencil I'm sure)!! I love maps too - I found a few old pull down school maps at an estate sale - 2 for my kids rooms and one for a house I'm decorating. Your savings is amazing!!
    And thanks so much for the great comments on my kitchen - you can feature me anytime!!
    Kelly

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  19. Beautiful and a great addition to your space! I'm getting ready to do a little map project of my own so I appreciate the inspiration and tutorial. I'm your newest follower and would love it if you would share this project at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

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  20. I LOVE this!!! My party just started...I would LOVE to have you stop by and share your projects!!! XO Aimee

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  21. This is an awesome and beautiful project! I am so glad that you shared it with us at our party! Take care!

    Trish @ Uncommon

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  22. This is beautiful! We loved having you at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

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  23. Your map project is really wonderful. I've always thought maps are a beautiful addition to any home decor.

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  24. AWSOMENESS!!!! Thanks for scrounging up all of those maps for us! Great job. I am planning some Restoration Hardware magic myself.

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  25. I have maps on my wall, on a tray, on a desktop. I love maps too. I have several I still haven't done anything with! Great post! I am featuring today at Home Sweet Home!
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  26. Fabulous post,
    Thank you for linking your post up! , hope you will stop by today and link up another great post!!
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.com/
    See you there
    Claire x

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  27. Love the look and that they add a splash of color to the walls. Your drapes are very pretty btw.

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  28. Superfantastic maps! All your hard work really paid off...they look perfect! Thanks for all the links. I've been a map fiend since I was a kid and I discovered them in my grandparents' National Geographics. I had them all over my room, and had a glow-in-the-dark celestial map taped to my ceiling. In fact that would be a cool idea for one of those closet-turned-tiny sitting room projects or closet-turned-kid's reading nook projects. Thanks for the inspiration...cheers!

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  29. This is such a lovely idea! Thanks for getting all the maps too. I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/mix-it-up-monday_19.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

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  30. Love this idea! I'll definitely have to try something like that :)

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  31. This is such a great idea. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  32. Really love these and they turned out so great! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  33. Another great knockoff, Becca!
    xo,
    Shannon
    (www.akadesign.ca)

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  34. I have a big pile off "sea route maps". I think those would work out also. Thanks for the idea!

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  35. This is a great tutorial! I am in love with maps and yet to have one on my wall. I have a feeling it won't be long now that I read your great post. I saved a map pic a long time ago from a cute blog. It doesn't look like the blog exists anymore, but you can try seeing if the link works. I really love the colors in this one.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o2ziWY30-OY/ToMLxuAjIZI/AAAAAAAAC34/m1T-QTULx_0/s1600/nla.jpg

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  36. OMG I am totally obsessed with maps!! these look awesome.

    I have revamped a nasty old side table with an old atlas http://madeinmorningside.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/side-table-revamp.html

    Made our own personalised world map with everywhere we have traveled to:
    http://madeinmorningside.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/winter-pinterest-challenge3rd-time.html

    And made some personalised art using a map of Amsterdam for our picture wall
    http://madeinmorningside.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/few-wee-updates.html

    Love seeing what you have done to your home, it looks lovely xox

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  37. I don't think I have a single map in my house, can you believe that?! Maybe someday I can follow your tutorial and add the charm - I love them - they look so authentic!!! Great job and thanks for linking up!

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  38. I love it. I am doing a post tomorrow on Maps and Globes.

    Cheri

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  39. A tip to help "blow up" an image is to save it as a PDF first. You can do this using cute PDF or other means to save a PDF file. When you take it to Kinko's ( or other print shop) they can open it as a vector and enlarge it with less pixelating. Also, the old Sanborn insurance maps are pretty detailed, are public domain, and have gorgeous typography. :)

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