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Framing Maps with Moulding for Wall Decor

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How to frame large maps for wall decoration.

How to frame large maps for wall decoration in a home school area of a basement playroom.

My oldest son, 4 years old, loves maps. He’s got some odd interests for a little guy, but maps are gorgeous so we bought two huge maps at Costco and tacked them up on the walls. But then they ripped where the tacks were and they were getting a lot of wear and tear. So we decided to frame the maps so they would look more intentionally like wall decor and to preserve them better. There’s no glass on the front- the maps have a shiny laminated type covering so it didn’t seem necessary.

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  • Wood moulding
  • Nail gun
  • Maps
  • Tape or something to help hold the map on the wall until you can get the wood on.
  • Wood filler (optional)


Using tape, hang your map.

Cut your wood to the sizes that you need for your map. Using a nail gun, add the frame around the map. You could glue the frame together first if you want.

Finished. So easy. 

Optional: You could paint the frame. My husband suggested that filling the holes that the nail gun made would look nicer, but we didn’t want to mess around with it and it didn’t look bad as is. 
Close up of the wood frame around our maps.
Here’s a better view of the frames: 
How to frame large maps for wall decoration in a home school area of a basement playroom.

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