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Maps are a source of wonder, imagination, and learning for kids. In addition to being an educational tool, they’re also visually inspiring with their myriad of colors, textures, lines, shapes, and forms. Here are some wonderful ways to go beyond maps’ intended purposes and use them to elevate any kids’ decor to a new level of sophisticated-chic.

Map Garland $14. Maps made into a string of stars.

Patchwork Maps $16. The United States of America in bold colors and patterns.

DIY Wallpaper (via The Inspired Room) Simply cover a wall with maps using push pins.

DIY Map Lampshade (via Pretty Handy Girl) Easy way to update a plain lampshade.

DIY Map Drawer Liner (via Preparing for Peanut) Add a visual surprise to any drawer by lining the inside with maps.

Origami Map Crane Mobile $28. Beautiful mobile for babies.

DIY Map Chair (via Roddy and Ginger) A vintage chair finds a new skin.

DIY Wood Map Letters (via Dtail) Great way to personalize any space.

DIY Map Desk (via Free Source Full) A new life for an old, unwanted desk.

DIY Map Pendant Light (via Paisley Sprouts) An easy and unexpected way to spruce up a plain paper lantern.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.