DIY Faux Vintage Pull Down Map by JessicaNDesigns

Hi! I’m Jessica, owner + designer of jessicaNdesigns.  When I’m not loving every minute of being an indie business owner, you can find me bloggingabout my life and my love of handmade + diy.  I am thrilled to be here sharing one of my favorite, and most popular DIY projects with you today! 

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I have a total crush on vintage pull down maps! I can remember being in grade school & sitting there pulling them down and letting them fly shut. I can still remember the sound + smell they made! I would love to own an authentic one, but they are so expensive! So I opted for a cheaper alternative! Make my own faux version! 

I started with these super cute & cheap prints from On Paper, an incredibly cute store I found on a recent trip to Columbus.  They were $5 each & I got a few different ones! LOVE! You can also purchase them on their website!
I glued the edges of the paper to dowel rods I cut to size. 
I used a tab from the back of an old photo frame I don’t use to create the faux pull down look. Simply screw it in the center of the dowel rod!
I put nails in each side of the dowel rod & twisted wire around them to hang the map. 

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This project was easy & really created a great look!  I’m still holding out for the day I find an authentic vintage pull down map for a steal…but until then, this one creates the look I wanted!  

Thank you so much for having me Julie!


**Don’t forget!, Jessica is offering one lucky JAA reader $30 credit to her shop of hand-stamped goodies! You can enter over here!**

  1. Kelsea Echo 6 years ago

    Super cool project! This would go perfectly in my travel-themed room!

  2. wow i love this! my boyfriend would totally want this in his reading room

  3. Nicole Franson 6 years ago

    This is absolutely lovely and my fiance and I have been looking around for art that we both love, as we have a huge wall space…and I think he would love this!


  4. Hi, Im Kelly! 6 years ago

    very cute!! Love vintage anything 🙂

  5. thompson 6 years ago

    that is so smart….!

  6. Jasanna Czellar 6 years ago

    I adore this!!! and I love maps!!! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  7. Ginger Mandy 6 years ago

    Awesome! I remember these maps, they were so fun. Might have to make one for my new place. 🙂

  8. Jessie 6 years ago

    Very nice!!! I love maps!

  9. Craftivity Designs 6 years ago

    Found this post via DIY with Jen & B – I made a faux pull-down botanical chart similar to this, but didn’t think to add a pull down tab! Great idea.
    – Lora

  10. MD Old New House 5 years ago

    We love pull down maps! Thanks for sharing!

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