Travel-Inspired DIY Décor Ideas

HGTV United States Map

When I travel to a new city or country, I buy a map from that area to remind me of my adventure (my favorite find so far is a delicate Gloucestershire map from 1833). Collecting maps as memories is a way to satisfy wanderlust when I’m not traveling. However, my map collection of varying sizes and colors started stacking up at home unused and unexplored. As I sat in my room suffering from restless heart syndrome, I discovered a cure — at least a cure until the the next adventure— maps, globes and other travel-inspired décor adorning my walls and my home. Discover how you can bring travel into your home from classic maps to easy-to-make DIY weekend projects.

The Classic Map

Vintage framed maps hanging on the wall are timely and bring a sense of adventure to any room.

Large Framed Map Hanging Above Sofa

Africa Continent Map in Dining Room

HGTV's Man Caves Framed Map


These spheres can be whimsical and fun or classy and elegant, depending on their style and the space.

Stand Up Globe in Home Office

DIY Network Upcycled Globe Lamp

HGTV's Fixer Upper Wood Globe

Map Murals

This trend may be over-the-top, but if it’s done right, murals can beautifully enhance a space. I mean, look at that little aviator’s room!

Aviator Room with Map Mural from HGTV

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Travel-Inspired DIY Weekend Projects

If you want to take your travel-inspired décor to the next level, check out these creative projects you can do this weekend.

Decoupaged Map Chair

Decoupaged Map Chairs

Map Backsplash

DIY Network Map Backsplash

Suitcase End Table

DIY Network Upcycled Suitcase End Table

DIY Map Cork Board

DIY Map Cork Board Project

Fractured, Framed Map Art

Fractured Framed Map Project

Maybe you have unused maps or globes laying around your home. Free your sense of adventure this weekend by making travel-inspired DIY décor. Do you have other DIY ideas that bring travel into your home? Let me know, I’ll have to try it!


Hannah MillsWritten by DIY Network Intern Hannah Mills, who says: “I am lucky to work with creative and brilliant people as I learn about upcycling, projects and design as a summer intern. On my off time, I love to explore this new area I’m calling home in search of great food and cool swimming holes.”

2 Responses

  1. srawlings says:

    Really love the map chairs. So adorable!

  2. Love the travel peg board idea.


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