28 beautiful and free printable vintage maps, ideas to incorporate maps in your decor and a stunning wooden world map wall art from Ukraine!
When I was small and the world was still big, I loved to look at maps.
World maps and local maps, old maps and new maps – it didn’t matter to me. I loved them all.
The maps spoke, and I listened.
They told me of a wild and wonderful world beyond the borders of our sleepy little hamlet of
Borington Glastonbury, Connecticut.
They spoke of hot Arabian sands piled into majestic and sweeping dunes dotted with camels and nomads.
They told of the cold arctic tundra and the hardened souls who live upon it.
They whispered of gentle Caribbean breezes that rustle the palm leaves and ripple the surface of warm emerald waters.
They shouted of the fierce winds of Cape Horn that drove 100-foot waves and sent old whaling ships down into the crushing black depths of Davey Jones’ Locker.
When I looked at maps, I traveled to those places.
As I grew bigger and the world grew smaller, my fascination remained.
Before any trip, I’d study a map of the place I’d be visiting. If I were driving there, I’d trace the entire route from start to finish.
I did the same while sitting in San Francisco and planning my move to Qatar to be with Handan.
And again while sitting in Izmir with Handan and planning our move to Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, I studied Saigon.
In Saigon, I tried to make sense of Gurgaon.
And now that we’ve settled back into my old boyhood hamlet of
Borington Glastonbury, and our traveling days are mostly behind us, I look at maps to remind me of where we’ve been instead of preparing me for where we’re going.
So with Barish’s bedroom makeover, we wanted to give him a way to remember all the countries he’s lived in, too.
With that in mind, Handan has reached deep into her digital archives and found some beautiful vintage maps and searched the internet for map upcycle ideas.
Her first thought was to make a World Map Desk like Claire from Pillar Box Blue did.
It would be a great way for Barish always to have a map in front of him, but we ultimately went with a desk that gave him more working space, so we scrapped that idea.
Handan’s next bright idea was to make something like this Map Decoupaged Lamp by Stephanie at Silver Boxes.
But as we got on with his room makeover, we realized there wouldn’t be any space for a table lamp, so we had to give up on this idea.
Handan briefly entertained making a Map Table like this one from M & J Rustic Creations.
But like the table lamp, we couldn’t figure out where we would put it if we made it.
This Map Desk Organizer by Claire at Pillar Box Blue would be a great storage solution for his school supplies, but the desk we ended up buying plus the filing cabinet we madeover gave him more than enough storage.
Well, we seemed to be out of space on the floor, but the walls weren’t yet entirely spoken for. We like how Tasha at Kaleidoscope Living made these Pallet Frames to hang her old maps. Perhaps we could do something like that? After all, the maps Handan has are all high-resolution and could be printed poster size. And even better, we could share those vintage maps with you!
We were still entertaining that idea when Jay, one of our readers from Australia, wrote in a comment, “With all the places Barish has lived, it would make an awesome artwork or feature globe highlighting each spot on the map.”
We had our answer!
Yes, we would use the wall space – specifically a perfect patch of vertical real estate above Barish’s desk. But instead of a smaller printed map, we’d find something bigger!
Something made of wood!
Handan leapt back into cyberspace to hunt down the perfect map.
A short while later, she found what we wanted from a small company in Ukraine that makes incredible laser-cut wooden wall maps.
We put in our order and waited.
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Also, just because we went with a wood map doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about printed maps!
Nothing could be further from the truth!
In fact, we will be sharing 28 beautiful free printable vintage maps with you today!
And you thought today was just going to be another boring day? Not when The Navage Patch wants to give stuff away, sister!
Okay, those awesome vintage map printables are at the end of the post, but first let’s get back to the wooden world map wall art.
Our wooden world map arrived after a couple of weeks. It was very well packaged.
We opened it up, hoping for the best. It was a long journey for those little wooden pieces!
The top layer looked good! Each piece was packed snugly into its own Styrofoam bed.
There were many layers of Styrofoam, each containing continents, countries and islands.
We took the box up to Barish’s room and prepared to hang his new world map.
First we measured and taped off the area in which the map would be. We bought the 60 inch map, so we taped accordingly.
Next, Handan put the included double-sided tape on the backs of each piece.
I helped Barish with the positioning. There is a numbered reference map to help with placement, but a lot of it is just eyeballing.
We started with North America, as it was the easiest to situate, and then we slapped New Zealand and Australia in their places (g’day Jay!).
From there, it was just a matter of figuring out where each piece went relative to the others already placed.
The craftsmanship is amazing. Each piece fits perfectly together. Yeah, I know a laser did all the cutting, but still, it’s impressive!
Here’s how it looks!
Barish loves his wooden map wall art. Now with just a glance, he can see all the places he’s lived.
Okay, let’s move on to the freebies! It wouldn’t be a room makeover without at least one free printable post, right?
So what do we have for you today? We have 28 free printable poster size vintage maps: 8 regional maps including Europe, the Northern Hemisphere and the continents pictured below, and also 20 Vintage World Maps.
All these maps are 36 inches wide, but the height differs for each map depending on its design.
And here are the 20 vintage world maps.
An original print of World Map – 14, pictured below, sells for $2000, if you’d care to spend a large chunk money.
Or you can download ours for free and send a little coffee money our way! 😉
All the vintage maps we are sharing today are high-resolution JPEGs, so you can scale them up or down as necessary. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them on your home printer, then make sure you check out Handan’s “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Also, if you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these vintage maps printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
Now it’s time to click on the button below to download today’s vintage map printables – you’ll find them under the Maps section of The VIP Patch.
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