A couple of months ago, I posted a photo on my Sadie Seasongoods Facebook page– it was a project I had worked on a year ago, before I had even started my blog. The response on Facebook was overwhelming- folks LOVED the oval-framed maps. Framing maps is something I love to do and I regularly create new ones for my Etsy shop.
It’s not like this is a complicated project- painting a picture frame and cutting out a snippet of an old map to fit…not exactly quantum physics (or as I like to say from personal experience, Organic Chemistry). But something special seems to happen when you place an old map (1930s- early 1960s…before the Interstate system was born) in a vintage oval frame that has been given a splashy makeover. The key to it all is finding both the perfect frame and a delightful old map of your desired destination.
There’s ALWAYS a catch!
Antique oval frames are usually one of two things: dark stained wood or some sort of metallic gold. I started picking them up some time ago- often beat up, partially broken, or just covered in decades of neglect. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So, let the transformation begin. Exhibit A: a thrifted oval frame from a thrift store showcasing a snow scene.
After the frame has been dismantled, clean both sides of the glass and use the glass to trace out your map piece.
Spray paint the frame in your choice of fun color and then re-assemble the frame with the map in place. Ta-da…unrecognizable, right?!
In our home, we have several framed maps of places we’ve lived in or vacationed to. And I’m a fan of the more ornate gesso oval frames.
Like creating portholes into your own personal history…
So there you have it- ridiculously simple, and it looks impossibly sublime. On the wall, they look like portholes to your favorite places, without the tangled web of interstates. In fact, they may just inspire a trip taking the back roads to a familiar destination…