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DIY Map Picture Frame

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A DIY map picture frame is the perfect way to display favorite vacation photos.

This DIY Map Picture Frame craft is a fun way to remember vacations and travel. An inexpensive wood craft frame is covered with a map using Mod Podge. Add in a personal photo to make a one of a kind travel memento.

Vacation photos are one of my most treasured possessions. I used to collect mugs from the places we visited, but they started taking up too much room and they are expensive.

My favorite mementos from vacations are the pictures we take. I can, and do, fill up photo books every year of our vacations. But the books get buried and I don’t get to look at the pictures often.

My daughter had an old atlas laying around that I’ve been saving for a crafting project. Making photo frames using the maps to show off our photos is a fun way to use the maps and display photos so we can all see them daily.

DIY Map Picture Frame

Mod Podge Map Frame


4 x 6 wood craft frame
Teal acrylic paint (or any color)
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Paint brush
Map or Atlas orprint a map from Google Maps


Pick any craft frame, size or shape you like. These frames are readily available cheaply at most craft stores and online.

DIY Photo Frame

Paint your frame with acrylic paint. We used teal paint, but any color will work.  Cover the edges and overlap onto the surface about 1/4″ -1/2″.  Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Use your frame to trace the section of map desired. Try to get the name of the city or part of the landmark where the photo was taken on to the frame to make it more personal.

Cut out the map, trimming about 1/4″ inside of the line you traced.

Picture Frame Map

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the frame and carefully lay the map over the frame. There are several different types of Mod Podge. Matte or gloss will both work.

Map Frame

Gently smooth the bubbles and wrinkles out of the paper with your thumb.  Set aside to completely dry.

Once the first layer is dry, add another layer of Mod Podge to seal the frame.

Vacation Photo Frame

Choose your favorite photo and add it to the frame.

Photo Frame Map

We didn’t take this photo of the Golden Gate bridge so you could also use a stock photo to commemorate where your family has traveled.

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  • What a wonderful idea. Your frame looks so professional, a great tutorial as well.

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  • creativejewishmom/sara
    July 9, 2017

    great project, Camille! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  • Lisa Silfwerbrand
    August 27, 2016

    Oh this is just too cute Camille! I love maps so much and always end up “collecting” them from everywhere I go but then never know what to do with them 😉 What a great idea and would make such a fun gift too. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week; you are one of my features tomorrow over at Have a lovely weekend! Hugs, Lisa

  • Theresa
    August 26, 2016

    I need to make a few of these. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

  • Emma
    August 25, 2016

    Beautiful! I love the idea of using a map at the border!

  • Maria
    August 25, 2016

    What a great project, Camille. It’s a wonderful way to commemorate little snippets of a trip. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to use the very same map you had when you were traveling to frame the photos as well? Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop!

  • Gabrielle Tyler
    August 24, 2016

    i love this. It looks easy and would be great to make for a vacation souvenir!

  • Julie
    August 22, 2016

    I love using pages from old map books and this idea is brilliant. Thanks